Editor in Chief

Kelly Clarke is editor in chief 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.

Travel

10 Grand Lodges of the Pacific Northwest

For every season, there’s a dream destination. These retreats in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho invoke the mythic best of the Northwest.

09/13/2022 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Benjamin Tepler, Margaret Seiler, Amy Martin, and Kelly Clarke

Breakfast

Nostalgia on a Plate: These Portland Breakfast Spots Still Reign Supreme

The Original Pancake House in Southwest Portland and Fuller’s Coffee Shop in the Pearl District still hit the spot with pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and more.

06/13/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Swimming Holes

Columbia River Swim Spots and Beaches Under 90 Minutes from Portland

From Jones Beach to Rooster Rock to the Hood River waterfront, the Columbia River is big enough for everyone to find a beach and take a dip.

05/31/2022 By Margaret Seiler, Katherine Chew Hamilton, and Julia Silverman

Where to live now

Neighborhood Guide: Beaumont-Wilshire

Strollers on the street, old-school Italian food, and a bespoke Botox bar are just a few highlights of Portland's Beaumont neighborhood.

05/12/2022 By Marty Patail

Pizza

Portland’s Got the Best Pizza in the Country, Says a New Book. Yeah. We Knew That.

PDX has been anointed the best pizza city in America. Here’s a reminder of why we agree.

07/08/2021 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, Katherine Hamilton, Fiona McCann, Jordan Michelman, and Ben Tepler

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Multnomah Village, Hillsdale, and Burlingame

Knock-your-socks-off bakeries, hilly public parks, and the pancakes that started it all

02/25/2021 By Kelly Clarke

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: The Jade District

To-die-for dim sum, mountain bike Mecca and a take-that-Canada night market scene

02/25/2021 By Kelly Clarke

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Downtown

Cultural temples, greatest-hit food halls and Portland's living room

02/25/2021 By Kelly Clarke and Margaret Seiler

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Beaverton

Sneakerhead nirvana, abundant Asian dumpling varieties, and mall Santas

02/25/2021 By Margaret Seiler and Kelly Clarke

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Mississippi and Williams

Garden patios for summer nights, resonant Black history, and DIY wonderland for home-builders

01/29/2021 By Fiona McCann, Kelly Clarke, and Margaret Seiler

The Little Joys of Summer

Here's What You Need Right Now to Party at a Distance

Celebrate local eateries and drink makers with your own backyard feast of homey takeout, icy drinks, and vividly flavored market finds.

08/01/2020 By Kelly Clarke

Tacos & Top Guns

San Diego Boasts Harbor Seals, Beachfront Roller Coasters, and All the Tacos

Add sun (there’s always sun), and you have an easy family getaway.

01/21/2020 By Kelly Clarke

Best Places to Work

Software Giant Autodesk’s Central Eastside Office Is an Homage to Portland Makers

Their six-floor hub inside the stories Towne Storage building includes lovingly preserved artist’s graffiti, a custom laser-cut video game console, and Mayor Ted Wheeler’s favorite roof deck.

12/31/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Nooners

10 Portland Lunches We Can’t Stop Eating

Portland’s collective brunch trance is ending. The golden age of workday lunching has arrived.

12/31/2019 By Benjamin Tepler With Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke

Best Places to Work

Why You Should Always Love Your Work Family

Portland Monthly's outgoing editor in chief Kelly Clarke on the people who absorb your stress and celebrate your wins—and concoct the best inside jokes

12/31/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

Multiple Women Recall Sexual Misconduct and Perceived Retaliation by Gordon Sondland

Three women recall Sondland made unwanted sexual contact in business settings. One says he exposed himself and that, later, she fell over the back of a couch trying to escape him. All recall professional retaliation after they rejected him.

11/27/2019 By Julia Silverman, Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, Maryam Jameel, and Doris Burke

Party for a Cause

Celebrate Portland Monthly’s 2019 Light a Fire Award Winners in Person

Get ready for all the feels at our 15th annual nonprofit and volunteer awards gala at the Oregon Convention Center November 21.

11/12/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

Flying Fish Company is Opening a Full Restaurant and Seafood Market on East Burnside

The lauded sustainable seafood seller will trade its perch at Providore Market for its own digs in the space last home to the People’s Pig.

11/07/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Extraordinary Volunteer

This Volunteer Has Fostered 18 Guide Dogs for the Blind Just Since 2016

Says Debi Hays: “They give me the dogs that are a ‘challenge.' I call them misunderstood.”

10/23/2019 By Kelly Clarke