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.

The Vegans Are Coming

Salt & Straw Debuts All-Vegan Ice Cream Menu This January

Happy dairy-free new year to all!

12/28/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Trends of an Edible Nature

Office Taste Test: The Cookie Dough Cafe

“I was hoping it would be better.”

12/27/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Politics

In 2017, Portland Politics Was All About the #Resistance

Pink hats marched. Our senators stepped up. Progressive reform took shape in the heart of the solid-blue West Coast. Will it make a difference? We'll keep you in suspense.

12/22/2017 By Zach Dundas

Holiday Survival Mode

Where to Take Out-of-Towners over the Holidays

We've got insider's guides to three of Portland's most show-offable neighborhoods.

12/21/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Holiday Survival Mode

3 Ways to Not Cook This Week

Hosting for the holidays is hard enough. Give yourself the gift of not cooking with pasta and sparklers, DIY soup kits, and chili cookouts.

12/20/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Holiday Shortcuts

10 Painless Secret Santa Gifts for Your Office Exchange

Oh! How thoughtful!

12/12/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Eat This Now

Eat Spicy Hand-Pulled Chinese Noodles at This Downtown Food Cart

Stretch the Noodle is your new go-to for takeout lunch.

12/06/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Everyday Activism

A Massive, Food-Fueled Fundraiser for Puerto Rico Comes to Portland Next Week

Ataula, Han Oak, Lardo, Stumptown, and more host seven days of special feasts to raise money for Americans in need.

11/28/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Eat Here Now

Where to Eat This Week: Nov 28–Dec 5

From curry-stuffed samosas at Big Elephant’s Kitchen to apple-baked babka at Coquine, these are the things you must eat this week.

11/28/2017 By Eat Beat Team

First Impressions

Downtown’s New Afuri Ramen Outpost Brings Double the Dumplings

The Tokyo chain’s newest Portland location wields a slimmed-down menu with zippy service, poke, and more gyoza.

11/21/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Recipes

Oregon's Revel Meat Tells You How Your Sausage Really Gets Made

And also your steak, chops, and this fine ham.

11/20/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

You Can Soon Devour This Delicious Burger at Pioneer Courthouse Square

We've got all the tasty details on the new food cart pod in Portland’s living room.

11/03/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Neighborhood Guide

Neighborhood Guide: N Mississippi/Williams

Where to eat, drink, play, explore, and more in this eclectic, swiftly changing swath of North Portland.

11/01/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke

Mississippi/Williams: Insider Picks

Where N Mississippi/Williams Insiders Really Eat, Drink, and Play

These are the storied parks, backyard bars, and oddball food carts where the neighbors hang out.

11/01/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

Mississippi/Williams: Oddities

5 Places That Exist Only in Portland's N Mississippi/Williams Neighborhood

You want tiny orchestras, storied toilets, and beverages that forecast the future? This area’s got you covered.

11/01/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

Mississippi/Williams: Activities

5 Places to Play in Portland's N Mississippi/Williams Neighborhood

It’s all about board game battles, great bands, and boxing rings.

11/01/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

Mississippi/Williams: Shops

15 Perfectly Portland Shops in the N Mississippi/Williams Neighborhood

Vinyl records and fancy salts to natural oddities and feminist art, this hip 'hood stocks all our local obsessions.

11/01/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

Mississippi/Williams: Food & Drink

Where to Eat & Drink in Portland's N Mississippi/Williams Neighborhood

Smoked chicken sandwiches, fancy brunch, cult coffee shops, and elephantine Fijian feasts—come hungry.

11/01/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

Breaking News

Holy Triple Fat-Fried-Chicken! Southern Pop-Up Mae to Open Two Restaurants

Next spring, expect a homey, counter-service spot up front, and story-slinging, prix fixe fine dinners in the back.

10/25/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Fermentation Nation

Have a Rotten Good Time at the Portland Fermentation Fest

Pickles to miso to Hawaiian moonshine, the city’s eighth annual “Stinkfest” boasts the best ferments in town.

10/18/2017 By Kelly Clarke