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.

Food Fests

The Beast That Was Feast 2018

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

12:32pm By Karen Brooks, Jordan Michelman, and Kelly Clarke

Trophy Case

8 Great Portland Design Finds

Hand-thrown mugs to chic raincoats to tiny tyke bikes, 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

Cowabunga

Rib Eyes, Brunch Bloody Marys, and Sprinklers Made Cowabunga One Endless Summer Party

Our inaugural farm-to-table food fest took over Rossi Farms for a three-day love note to local chefs, farmers, ranchers, and artisans.

07/24/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, and Zach Dundas

Eat Here Now

La Luna Café Remixes Brunch Hits in a Storied Space

The team behind Laurelhurst Market and Simpatica hit the sweet spot between comfort and healthy-ish cooking.

07/17/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Trophy Case

5 Must-Pack Items for Your Next Oregon Coast Adventure

Beach, please. Here's how to outfit yourself for maximum relaxation.

07/17/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Business

Pok Pok Wings Will Soon Be Available in Vegas

And if all goes well, we could see them everywhere.

07/17/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Eat This Now

I Am Going to Live at Lao Beer Bar Cully Central This Summer

Bring the kids. Brings the dogs. We’re having Lao crispy rice salad and tater tots for dinner.

06/27/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Summer Eats: Fun in the Sun

11 Amazing Ways to Savor Summer in Portland

Garden bowers. Yacht-side patios. Slurping banana pudding milkshakes and swilling beers with llamas. We’ve got ideas.

06/19/2018 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, Rebecca Jacobson, Sam Pape, Benjamin Tepler, and Sarah Williams

Summer Eats: Welcome to the Frozone

14 Mind-Bogglingly Delicious Icy Treats to Devour in Portland Right Now

Beat the heat with Taiwanese snow cream, vegan shakes, boozy pops, and spicy pineapple floats. And much, much more.

06/19/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Dining Guide

27 Portland Patios for Blissed-Out Summer Dining

Like food? And sun? This list is for you.

06/19/2018 By Eat Beat Team