Executive Senior Editor

Kelly Clarke is executive senior editor at Portland Monthly, where she manages the magazine’s insatiable Food & Drink section and creates lively cover packages that often double as guilty pleasures, from scouting out the city’s best bars or chronicling how to turn your backyard into a chic, gluttonous party paradise. She also pens stories on everything from mouthy ballerinas and bartenders to artisan junk food taste tests and Portland’s next crop of influential chefs.

In her former life, Kelly was the longtime Arts & Culture Editor at Willamette Week, where she founded the Portland alt-newsweekly’s popular Finder city guide, wrote about PDX’s excellent ethnic markets, chefs fighting over pigs, sex machines, and very expensive dog wheelchairs. Her Portland Monthly story about a wildly talented local chef channeling his hazardously addictive personality into cooking success won the SPJ’s 2013 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition for Personalities reporting. She lives, cooks, and eats with her husband and very opinionated daughter in Northeast Portland, where pho shops still outnumber Salt & Straw outposts.

BEST BRUNCHES 2015

The 10 Best New Brunches in Portland

A bumper crop of delicious new brunches takes root in PDX, with global flavors and, just as important, no hours-long wait for tables—plus five more plates we can't resist.

04/27/2015 By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Karen Brooks, Benjamin Tepler, and Kelly Clarke

DEAR DONUT DIARY

"3 Things I Learned Opening A PDX Doughnut Shop in Japan"

Blue Star's Micah Camden reports from Tokyo on fancy donut mania, getting humbled by Japanese bakers, and why you ought to cover your tattoos before going to the gym.

04/24/2015 By Kelly Clarke

PDX PANTRY

You Can Now Find Portland Soda Works' Fancy Pop Syrups at New Seasons

Local maker Chris Onstad's quest to craft the "Belgian beer of soda pop" lands at local grocery stores.

04/21/2015 By Kelly Clarke

BEER BULLETIN

Bring Beer Cocktails Home with an Innovative New Bar Book

Jacob Grier blends brews and booze in Cocktails on Tap

04/01/2015 By Kelly Clarke

BEST BRUNCH 2015

The Ultimate Guide to Portland Brunch

Hungry for brunch? We've got the details—from wait times to must-order dishes—for 55 of our favorites.

04/01/2015 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Molly Woodstock

EAT HERE NOW

Three Reasons To Try Ya Hala’s New Lebanese Brunch

The Montavilla standby tackles morning meals with spicy-wonderful results.

03/23/2015 By Kelly Clarke

#OREGONWOMAN

Three Women Transforming Ranching in Eastern Oregon

Cory Carman, Jill McClaran, and Carrie Hermens are on the top of Oregon's meat game.

03/02/2015 By Kelly Clarke

#OREGONWOMAN

Why Oregon is the Only State that Doesn’t Limit Legal Access to Abortion

No waiting periods, no mandated parental involvement, and no limitations on publicly funded abortions? This is how we got here.

03/02/2015 By Kelly Clarke

PORTLAND ARTS 101

Oregon Ballet Theater Dancers Bust 3 Major Dance Myths

Think ballet is boring? Think again. We got the pros to trample some common dance misconceptions.

03/02/2015 By Kelly Clarke

SUGAR RUSH

Portland's Most Creative Ice Cream Dreams

Local spots, from restaurants to pop-ups, flaunt fresh churns on ice cream—and yes, fro-yo!

02/11/2015 By Kelly Clarke

SUGAR HIGH

The 45 Most Glorious Desserts in Portland

Your decadent guide to the city's sweetest, gooiest, giddiest, mind-bendingly hands-down bestest desserts. It's about time you indulge.

02/11/2015 By Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke

SUGAR RUSH

Throw-Back Decadence from Portland's Top Bakeries, Cakeries, and Pie Shops

By the slice or the spoonful, we’ll never grow tired of pure nostalgia.

02/11/2015 By Kelly Clarke

EAT THIS NOW

3 Comforting Dishes to Help You Survive the Late-Winter Drizzle

Hot, Creamy, Cheesy: these gray-day plates will keep spirits high until the sun returns.

02/02/2015 By Benjamin Tepler and Kelly Clarke

EAT HERE NOW

All-Way's Hamburger Time Machine

Broder’s Peter Bro resurrects the diner that time forgot, deliciously.

02/02/2015 By Kelly Clarke

High Spirits

Get Juiced This Winter with Fresh Citrus Cocktails

Think refreshing cocktails packed with orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime are for summer sipping? Think again.

01/05/2015 By Kelly Clarke

THE MONEY ISSUE

Three Steps to Retiring Rich

A strategy for health and happiness over the long haul—as told in notes from your future self.

01/05/2015 By Kelly Clarke

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

First Impressions: All-Way

Broder’s Peter Bro resurrects the diner that time forgot, deliciously.

12/16/2014 By Kelly Clarke

CHEF REVOLUTION

At Paley’s Place, Chef Patrick McKee Out; a Franco-Russian Revolution On Deck

As his executive chef readies to leave, James Beard-toting Vitaly Paley plans the next chapter for his iconic, 20-year-old Portland restaurant.

12/08/2014 By Kelly Clarke

PANCAKE DRUNK

All Day/Late Night Pancake Bar, Batter Griddle & Drinkery, Coming to Fremont

The spiritual offspring of Powell’s late night Original Hotcake House slated to open in Beaumont neighborhood mid-January.

12/01/2014 By Kelly Clarke

EAT HERE NOW

Smallwares' Ssam-Style Feasts Shake Up Typical Family-Style Fare

From internationally-inspired lamb to Korean/Southern barbecue spareribs, chef Johanna Ware wants you to expand your definition of family dinner.

12/01/2014 By Kelly Clarke