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.

Editor's Note

Portland Monthly Turns 15—and Welcomes a New Editor in Chief

Remember when Voodoo Doughnut was edgy? We've come a long way since 2003.

10/24/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Eat This Now

Where to Eat This Week: October 17–23

Chile crab at Happy Dragon and poppy seed gougères at St. Jack are your required eating for the week.

10/17/2018 By Eat Beat Team

Light a Fire 2018: Caring for the Planet

Save the Bugs. Save the World.

Portland's Xerces Society fights for the littlest links in our ecosystem.

10/17/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2018

Portland's Best New Restaurants of 2018

Ten amazing dining destinations, five must-eat dishes, and one neighborhood on the rise. It's an excellent year to eat in Portland.

10/10/2018 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, and Benjamin Tepler Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

Best Restaurants 2018: Culinary Cully

Cully Is Set to Become One of Portland's Coolest Food Hoods

A working-class community with global tastes revs up.

10/10/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2018: Family-Style Maximalist

Portland's Best New Restaurants 2018: At Oui! Wine Bar, More Is More

Southeast Wine Collective builds a better wine bar, from bold, roller-coaster dishes to clever pours.

10/10/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2018: Fufu & Smoked Fish

Portland's Best New Restaurants 2018: Akadi Brings the West African Flavor

Chef Fatou Ouattara airlifts the spice (and sun) of the Ivory Coast to Stumptown.

10/10/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2018: Eat This Now

Portland's 5 Must-Eat Dishes of 2018

Pan pizza to tinned fish to the dreamiest chocolate chip cookies, here's what we just can't quit this year.

10/10/2018 By Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke

Food Fests

The Beast That Was Feast 2018

We recap flaming beef, epic bites, and the food Carnie Wilson wants to f***.

09/19/2018 By Karen Brooks, Jordan Michelman, and Kelly Clarke

Trophy Case

8 Great Portland Design Finds

Hand-thrown mugs to chic raincoats to rustic Mexican chimineas, we're suckers for these local goods.

09/18/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Eden Dawn, and Catherine Johnson

Eat Here Now

Where to Eat This Week: Sept 12–18

Sourdough waffles at Heim and fried chicken Caesars at OK Omens are your required eating for the week.

09/12/2018 By Eat Beat Team

Long Weekends

9 Incredible Long Weekend Escapes

Whatever you desire, these small-town gems and unexpected destinations are a total trip.

09/11/2018 Edited by Kelly Clarke

Long Weekends: On Idaho Time

Looking for an Alternative to Bend? Get Thee to Boise.

Idaho's capital city is grown-up and kinda cool.

09/11/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Long Weekends: Across the River

How to Spend the Perfect Long Weekend on the Sunny Side of the Gorge

Like Hood River? Head across the Columbia to White Salmon and Bingen.

09/11/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Long Weekends: All the Vibes

Do You Like Palm Springs? Go Soak Up All the Vibes in Ojai.

Head to this Southern California town for dramatic mountains, cacti-adorned patios, and 150-year-old olive trees hung with hammock chairs.

09/11/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Hotel News

The Society Hotel Is Building a Portland-Style Hipster Haven in Bingen, Washington

The boutique hotel and spa will open early summer 2019, right across the Hood River Bridge.

08/20/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Best Bars 2018: Where To...

From Sipping Sake to Swilling with Surfers, a Portland Bar for Every Occasion

Here are nine spots that have nailed a niche.

08/14/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Benjamin Tepler

Top Shops

Portland’s 9 Finest Cannabis Dispensaries

From converted firehouses to Scandinavian-chic spots, here are the city’s top shops—newcomers welcome!

08/03/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, and Benjamin Tepler

Doughnuts for Days

Beyond Voodoo: Better Portland Doughnuts to Know

Step away from the neverending queue. We've got superior options for you.

08/03/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Streets & Hoods

6 Essential Portland Neighborhoods for Newcomers to Explore

Shop, eat, and play your way across the metro area.

08/03/2018 Edited by Kelly Clarke and Margaret Seiler