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.

Best Breakfasts 2019

Portland's Must-Eat Morning Meals

Wake up and dig into the city’s must-eat breakfast plates and chefs’ home porridge, egg, and toast hacks. plus: why biscuits & gravy deserves your undying morning allegiance.

04/23/2019 Edited by Kelly Clarke

The Oregon Woman 2019

6 Amazing Oregon Women-Led Projects

From serious documentaries to full-contact football to sex education, here are six local projects changing the game.

04/23/2019 By Sarah Mirk, Margaret Seiler, Ryan Ashby, Kelly Clarke, and Rebecca Jacobson

Best Breakfasts 2019: Editor's Note

Parenting 101: Take Your Kid to Breakfast

The bulk of my relationship with my daughter has been built over dim sum and gigantic diner pancakes.

04/23/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Homelessness: Viewpoints

What Don't We Understand About Homelessness in Portland?

We spoke to a shelter worker, someone who has lived on our streets, a cop, nonprofit directors, and more to find out.

04/23/2019 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Ramona DeNies

Best Breakfasts 2019: Legends

5 All-Time Portland Breakfast Greats

Go. Order anything. Leave happy.

04/23/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Best Breakfasts 2019

12 Breakfast Dishes You’ve Got to Eat Right Now

From fancy Australian eggs and bacon to chilaquiles and the city’s first great babka, this is what you need come sunup.

04/23/2019 By Karen Brooks, Benjamin Tepler, and Kelly Clarke

Direct Flight

Need a Sunshine Getaway, Kids in Tow? Consider Phoenix.

Butterfly wonderland is just a couple hours away.

04/23/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Fix-It Guide

How To Make Your Home and Garden Portland-Fabulous

Your essential home and garden project guide from local experts.

03/26/2019 Edited by Kelly Clarke

Insider’s Guide 2019: Food

Where Portland's Next Generation Goes to Eat and Play

Move over, millennials. A Generation Z teen gives us her foodie favorites.

03/26/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Fix-It Guide: Décor

Give a Drab Room New Life with a Lively Wallpaper Mural

It's all about the patterns, people.

03/26/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Fix-It Guide: Experts

Portland's Home Care Experts Spill Their Secrets

From fixing troublesome plumbing to organizing nightmare closets, here's your guide to making your home instantly better.

03/26/2019 By Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Jackson Main, and Wriik Maui

Spring Road Trips: Oregon Outback

The Oregon Outback Offers Up Otherworldly Views and Healing Hot Springs

Seeking total solitude? Look no further.

02/26/2019 By Kelly Clarke, Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Mannheimer, and Benjamin Tepler

Design

This Duo Makes Some of Portland's Most Eye-Catching Signs

J&S Signs paints the town.

02/26/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Editor's Note

From the Editor: Hit the Road

It's been a long winter. Shake it off.

02/26/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Eat Here Now

With Giraffe, the Biwa Folks Take On the Japanese Grocery

Located inside Cargo, it's one of the central city's few places to find Japanese groceries, snacks, and baked treats.

01/29/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Welcome to the Jungalow

These Lush Houseplants Are Your New, Low-Maintenance BFFs

Solabee sells the cheapest therapy in town: plants.

01/29/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Hidden Portland: Remember & Celebrate

The Weirdest, Most Wonderful Memorials and Museums in Portland (and Beyond)

Whether you dig planes, trains, or the insane, there's a place for you.

12/21/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Margaret Seiler, and Allison Place

Hidden Portland: Secret Spots

Portland's Best Basements, Back Rooms, Attics, and Hideaways

Here are some of the city's most out-of-the-way spots to eat, drink, or just be mysterious.

12/21/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Margaret Seiler, and Benjamin Tepler

Bowled Over

This New Seasons Impulse Buy? It's Local.

Land Bird's tiny porcelain vessels are hand-thrown in Wren, Oregon.

12/21/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Just Opened

Curio-Cute Japanese Deli and Market Giraffe Opens Inside Cargo

Former Biwa co-owner Gabe Rosen brings bento boxes, home cooking staples, and coveted Oyatsupan baked goods to the Central Eastside.

12/12/2018 By Kelly Clarke