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.

West End: Food & Drink

Where to Eat in Portland's West End

Subterranean cocktail bunkers, a Northwest brunch mecca, and one of the city's best food cart pods. Explore this neighborhood while you're hungry.

05/15/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

Holy Inclusiveness, Batman!

David Walker Pens First Comic Series Starring a Superhero with Down Syndrome

With Superb, the Portlander behind Marvel's Power Man and Iron Fist fights for a broader definition of “super.”

05/10/2017 By Kelly Clarke

First Impressions

Three Things to Devour at Division’s New Vegan Mediterranean Spot Aviv

A plant-based menu charms all eaters with soy curl shawarma fries and tamarind margaritas.

05/10/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Restaurant Openings

Smallwares Space Reopens as Southern-Leaning SouthFork

Former Common Law chef Patrick McKee will add French-Asian touches to the NE Fremont spot's Southern menu.

04/28/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats 2017: 30 Portland Dishes That Will Break Your Mind—But Not Your Budget

Family-style Korean stews. Mood-altering chicken and jojos. A world of dumplings and $1 sushi delivered by a tiny train. Time to eat your way, wallet intact, across the city's rollicking food scene.

04/17/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, Benjamin Tepler, and Molly Woodstock

Breaking News

Ken Norris Out at Headwaters, the Heathman's Splashy Hotel Restaurant

The ambitious dining room has parted ways with Norris and pastry chef Jeff McCarthy. Owners Vitaly and Kimberly Paley promise bigger fish to come.

04/10/2017 By Karen Brooks

Eat Here Now

Where to Eat This Week: April 5–12

Savory-sweet cardamom-ricotta French toast and a feast at Bethany Village are your required eating for the week.

04/05/2017 By Kelly Clarke

First Impressions

No-Wait Brunch and Standout Sourdough Waffles at Cully Gem Beeswing

Northeast Portland’s new breakfast table? This cheery spot from a pair of food industry vets and the co-owner of Moon & Sixpence.

03/21/2017 By Kelly Clarke

The Oregon Woman: 2017

Meet the Bold Women Reshaping Oregon Right Now

Resistance leaders and culture critics. Modesty moguls and power brokers. At a critical moment in history, our state's future is female.

03/20/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke Photography by Nicolle Clemetson

The Oregon Woman: Queen Bitch

Andi Zeisler and Bitch Media Pushed the World to See Pop Culture through Feminist Eyes

And it worked—almost too well.

03/20/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Hometown Pride

James Beard Awards 2017: Portland Scores Finalist Slots in Best Chef NW, Food Writing, and More

Best Chef Northwest nods for Coquine's Katy Millard, Castagna's Justin Woodward, and Ox's Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton. Plus, PoMo's Karen Brooks is one of three national finalists for restaurant criticism.

03/15/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Night Out

Rally Pizza Brings Portland-Level Pies to Vancouver

A Ken's Artisan alum gives Portlanders an excellent reason to cross the Columbia.

02/20/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Coffee Guide: International Bakeries

Pastries without Borders: 6 Globe-Trotting Portland Bakeries

Swedish cinnamon knots to Japanese kare doughnuts, butter is a universal language.

02/20/2017 By Kelly Clarke, Karen Brooks, and Benjamin Tepler

Coffee Guide: Explainer

Espresso Explainer: What's That Drink You Just Ordered?

Americano. Italiano. Cortado. We break it down.

02/20/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Coffee Guide: Morning Glories

Portland's 10 Best Pastries

Canelé to croissants, crostata to coffee cake, this is why we get out of bed.

02/20/2017 By Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Karen Brooks

Coffee Guide: Hallowed Ground

9 Neighborhood Coffee Shops We Love

No matter your quadrant, the best coffeehouse is the one closest to you.

02/20/2017 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Benjamin Tepler

Coffee Guide: Standout Shops

16 Places in Portland to Drink Coffee Right Now

From hand-roasted beans to double-decker buses to scene-stealing décor, these destinations are in a class of their own.

02/20/2017 By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, and Rebecca Jacobson

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