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.

THE NEXT ROUND

Portland’s 13 Best New Bars

Whether you're into ham and fortified wines or mussels and Belgian beers, there’s a new spot for you.

04/22/2016 By Marty Patail, Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Kelly Clarke

BRUNCH BONANZA

Get Your Tickets to Portland Monthly’s Country Brunch 2016

Bites and Bloody Marys from 13 of the city’s brunch masters, plus live tunes, lawn games, and baby cows.

04/20/2016 By Kelly Clarke

RESTAURANT AND BAR UPDATES

Portland Food News To Chew

Broder expands to Hood River, Revolution Hall gets a restaurant, and Phat Cart goes brick-and-mortar.

04/18/2016 By Sarah Hopwood and Marty Patail

DECOR PORN

Five Objects to Covet at Bible Club, Sellwood's New Time-Warped Speakeasy

Owner Ryk Maverick shares delightful decor from his meticulously styled new bar.

04/15/2016 By Kelly Clarke

BREAKING NEWS

Pine Street Market Opens Very, Very Softly

Eat Beat gets an early-bird look at Pine Street Market, with tastes from two star-studded new eateries: Trifecta Annex and Pollo Bravo. Let Stumptown's experimental food hall mania commence!

04/09/2016 By Kelly Clarke

A-SALT?

Is Miami’s Jorge Salt & Co.’s Branding Too Close to Oregon’s Jacobsen Salt Co.?

Florida man hand-harvests salt … and rips off Oregon’s saint of salt in the process?

04/05/2016 By Kelly Clarke

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Castagna and Ox Chefs Nab James Beard Best Chef Northwest 2016 Finalist Slots

Castagna's Justin Woodward and Ox's Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton represent Portland, plus nods for Clyde Common's bar program, Country Cat's cookbook, and Eater's multimedia eye candy.

03/16/2016 By Kelly Clarke

EAT THIS NOW

Jook Joint's Awesome South by Southeast Asian Eats

Texas brisket–topped Thai porridge to coconut hush puppies, this downtown cart makes the Southern-fried Asian eats you never knew you craved.

03/11/2016 By Kelly Clarke

OREGON WOMAN 2016

Ten Extraordinary Oregon Women Fighting for Change and Disrupting the System

We asked these local luminaries to pair off for conversations about what it means to be an Oregon woman today. Here’s what they said.

02/23/2016 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Zach Dundas, Marty Patail, and Kelly Clarke

OREGON WOMAN 2016

Why Oregon Women Need Radical Reform at Home and On the Job

Andrea Paluso of Family Forward Oregon and p:ear's Pippa Arend discuss self-sacrifice, the value of caregiving, and the decision to have children (or not).

02/23/2016 By Kelly Clarke

EAT THIS NOW

Where to Eat This Week

From grilled scallop tostada at Imperial to banana-walnut bread with cajeta at Tasty n Alder, these are the things you must eat right now.

01/27/2016 By Eat Beat Team

BREAKING NEWS

Peter Cho Launches Han Oak—a Prix Fixe Korean Barbecue Spot and Chef Residency Hub Behind the Ocean

The chef morphs his planned Stray Birds brick-and-mortar into a multipurpose cook space dedicated to chef collaborations, special events, and—coming soon—Korean brunch(!).

01/25/2016 By Kelly Clarke

COMFORT FOOD

Portland Chefs Reveal Their Favorite Comfort Foods

From Yucatan pork stew to toffee sauce-smothered date cake, here's what the local pros crave.

01/25/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke

COMFORT FOOD

The Wide World of Comfort (or, We’re All Gonna Die Anyway)

We scoured the city for the best warm-blanket dishes from across the globe. So go ahead, wrap your napkin around your shoulders like a Snuggie and dig in!

01/25/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Karen Brooks, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rachel Grozanick, Amy Martin, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Rachel Ritchie, Benjamin Tepler, and Molly Woodstock

COMFORT FOOD

Hot Cups for Cold Days

From chai to hot buttered rum, we’ve got the liquid cure for whatever ails you.

01/25/2016 By Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, and Benjamin Tepler

COMFORT FOOD

The Search for Portland’s Magic Mac

For premium comfort, you’ve gotta get out of the city. Zigzag’s Skyway Bar and Grill has the mac ’n’ cheese you’ve been dreaming of.

01/25/2016 By Kelly Clarke

COMFORT FOOD

16 Ridiculously Comforting Dishes from Around the Globe

Search out your next rainy-day dish or guilty pleasure by comfort keyword: soothing, hearty, homey, gooey, or spicy.

01/25/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, Marty Patail, Molly Woodstock, Rachel Ritchie, Ramona DeNies, and Zach Dundas

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Brunch Serene at SW Portland’s Broder Söder

Broder’s third Scandinavian outpost is more than the sum of its parts.

01/19/2016 By Kelly Clarke

COMFORT FOOD

The Spud Bracket

Pit Portland’s most awesome potatoes against one another in a drag-out battle for carb-loading supremacy.

01/15/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke

PARTY TIME

Last-Minute New Year's Eve Destinations (and Where to Grub the Morning After)

A handful of the city’s best bars and restaurants give you a reason to venture out on New Year's Eve.

12/29/2015 By Kelly Clarke