Executive Senior Editor

Kelly Clarke is a 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.

Boom Service

Are Hotel Restaurants Cool Again?

From the Heathman to the Hilton, Portland hotel grub gets serious.

02/20/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Appetite for Distraction

Feast Portland Eats Austin, Texas

The Feast crew teams with Franklin Barbecue’s Aaron Franklin and Fun Fun Fun Fest cofounder James Moody for food and music fest Hot Luck in May.

01/26/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Pour

Vitaly Paley Gives the Heathman Tearoom a Russian Makeover

Towering silver samovars. House-cured salmon sandwiches. A cavalcade of sweets. High tea is cobwebby no more.

01/23/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Family

20+ Ideas for Family Fun in Portland

We’ve got 10 gold-standard destinations and off-the-radar alternatives that will blow your little ones’ little minds.

01/23/2017 Edited by Fiona McCann By Kelly Clarke, Zach Dundas, and Margaret Seiler

Pizza Party

Rally Pizza Gives Portlanders a Reason to Drive to Vancouver

Ken’s Artisan Pizza alums lure with awesome pies, frozen custard, and so, so much parking.

01/17/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Protest Cookies

Female Bakers Unleash "Cookie Grab 2017" to Raise Money for Planned Parenthood

Proceeds from the kick-ass cookie boxes, loaded with goods from 21 lady-operated Portland spots, will be delivered to Planned Parenthood on the day of Trump's inauguration.

01/06/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Eat Here Now

Where to Eat This Week: January 4–11

From Japanese curry-filled pastries at Oyatsupan to chocolate-covered halvah at World Foods, these are the things you must devour this week.

01/04/2017 By Eat Beat Team

Eat Here Now

Welcome to Bison Coffeehouse, Portland's Only Native American–Owned Coffee Shop

Nibble bison-shaped cookies and get an eyeful of tribal art at the Cully neighborhood café.

12/28/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Winter Relaxation: For What Ales You

Six-Grain Whiskey to Salted Caramel Stout, 5 Northwest Winter Warmers

Best sipped slowly by an open fire.

12/20/2016 By Kelly Clarke and Marty Patail

Winter Relaxation: Time for a Drink

This Cocktail Tastes Like a Spicy Snickerdoodle Baked Over a Campfire

And it’s the only thing we want to drink this winter.

12/20/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Winter Relaxation: Survival Guide

13 Secrets of Winter Relaxation Every Portlander Must Know

From cheap massages to board games to cuddly kitties, here’s how to survive the season.

12/20/2016 By Eden Dawn, Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Molly Woodstock, Amy Martin, and Kelly Clarke

Winter Relaxation: Snow Day

Everything You Need for Portland Snowpocalypse

Sleds to s’mores supplies to snow pants, here’s how to stock up for when the city shuts down.

12/13/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Hit List

Portland’s 5 Best Breakfast Sandwiches

Rise, shine, and dine on these egg-filled wonders.

12/13/2016 By Eat Beat Team

It's a Wonderful Buffet

It's a Scandinavian Holiday All-You-Can-Eat Miracle

Broder Söder hosts a lavish Swedish "julbord" holiday buffet at Nordia House and makes all your gluttonous winter wishes come true.

12/09/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Bean Scene

Kainos Coffee Is One of Portland's Standout New Roasters

The outer Northeast Portland spot lures with sharp design, a big-hearted ethos, and hot mugs of “Freakin’ Yum.” 

12/06/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Local Giving

Give Thanks at Coffeehouse Northwest—and Raise Money for Immigrants and Refugees

The local cafe's long-running Thanksgiving charity free-for-all returns, this year benefiting Portland's Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization.

11/22/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Culture Cheat Sheet: TV

Remembering Ramblin' Rod

With his hundreds of buttons, fake tugboat, and all-important Smile Contest, this local entertainer lives on in the fond memories of many, many Portlanders.

11/15/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Culture Cheat Sheet: YouTube

Impress Your Friends on the Internet with These 7 Amazing Oregon Moments

From the exploding whale to Ramblin’ Rod, here are moments that made this place—as seen on YouTube.

11/14/2016 By Kelly Clarke, Zach Dundas, Eden Dawn, and Margaret Seiler

Eat Here Now

Why Did Cult Tokyo Ramen Shop Afuri Come to Portland? Because We’ve Got the Water.

“Portland water makes our broth the best,” says the CEO. “Afuri cannot exist without the water.”

11/14/2016 By Kelly Clarke