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 Restaurants 2017: Destroy All Appetizers

A Throwback Chinese Restaurant Near PSU Has All the Dumplings

Duck House is old-school and alright.

10/12/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2017: Sweet Deal

Eat Dessert for Dinner at Departure

Gregory Gourdet’s pan-Asian sweet treats are what you didn’t know you were waiting for.

10/12/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2017: Get Coffee Geeked

Maybe All Portland Needed to Get a Great Coffee + Brunch Spot Was … Australians?

The Antipodeans have a strange knack for the stuff.

10/12/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Everyday Activism

Drink and Dance to Aid Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

A pair of local bars offer fancy cocktails while the Crystal hosts a bomba-and-salsa blowout to benefit victims of Hurricane Maria.

10/03/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Eat This Now

Where to Eat This Week: Sept 28–Oct 5

From an umami-packed burger and fries at Ash Bar to Somali sambusas at the Woodstock Farmers Market, these are the things you must eat and drink this week.

09/28/2017 By Eat Beat Team

Design Directory

The Ultimate Guide to Portland Design Specialists

Got a passion project? These locals can help craft and construct it—beautifully.

09/21/2017 By Kelly Clarke and Chad Walsh

Pottery

Get an Eyeful of Portland’s Crazy-Colorful, Women-Run Ceramics Scene

"It’s like the 1970s all over again."

09/21/2017 By Kelly Clarke Photography by George Barberis

Feast 2017

Recapping Feast 2017: Everything You Missed

Six years in, Feast continues to cement its reputation as a top American food festival. Portland Monthly's Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke bear witness.

09/20/2017 By Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

All-Woman Food & Design Collective the Nightwood Launches in Chesa Space

Elder Hall’s Michelle Battista and Ataula's Cristina Baéz team up for a private event hall, community class hub, and 'creative wonderland,' where a lady supergroup makes food and art dreams come true.

09/20/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Eat Here Now

Downtown Portland Has a New Pizza Go-To

Imperial's fun new side project, Crown Pizza, serves up messy-wonderful New York pies.

09/13/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Amazing (Coffee) Stories

The Incredible Tale of Bernardina, the Super-Rare Coffee You Can Drink in Portland Right Now

Taste a $10 cup of coffee with a backstory that includes El Salvadoran mystery trees, DNA tests, and Australian bean junkies at Proud Mary on NE Alberta.

09/13/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Everyday Activism

How You Can Help Rebuild the Gorge (and Not Make Things Worse)

"If you wanna go fast, go alone; if you wanna go far, go together."

09/07/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Food News

Salt & Straw Made an Airport-Flavored Ice Cream

It's a rainwater and spruce tips ice cream that “encapsulates the experience of flying into Portland.” Seriously.

09/06/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Everyday Activism

Here’s Where to Eat, Drink, and Donate to Support Eagle Creek Fire Relief Efforts

Portlanders can eat fancy barbecue, drink beer, or swill cocktails, all while helping their neighbors.

09/06/2017 By Kelly Clarke and Molly Woodstock

Everyday Activism

Help Hurricane Harvey Survivors by Eating at These 24 Portland Restaurants This Friday

From Country Cat and Podnah's to Tusk and Boke Bowl, #HelpHoustonPDX eateries pledge a percentage of funds from Friday, September 8 for Red Cross efforts in Texas.

09/05/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Xurroland

Behold Your Late-Summer Dessert Overlord: 180’s Xurro Ice Cream Sandwich

It tastes exactly as good as you think it does.

08/25/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Veggie Love

The Food Lover's Guide to Portland's Epic Vegan Scene

What makes this city such a capital for plant-based eats? The answer, naturally, includes punk rock, soy curls, a guerrilla farm, Gregory Gourdet, and dazzling arrays of bounty.

08/14/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke

Veggie Love: Pretty Produce

Taste the Rainbow: Oregon Farms Show Off Their Dazzling Bounty

From mountain spinach to radish flowers to Attika red cherries, here are the fruits and veggies most coveted by Portland chefs.

08/14/2017 By Kelly Clarke Photography by Isabella Cassini

Veggie Love: Salad Days

6 Essential Portland Salads

Dig into these bountiful bowls, from vegan tosses and veggie riots to ocean wonders.

08/14/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Veggie Love: Essential Eats

5 Must-Eat Vegan Dishes in Portland

From ramen to pizza to doughnuts, here’s a handful of the city’s essential plant-based eats.

08/14/2017 By Kelly Clarke