Articles by Chad Walsh

Chad Walsh
Chad Walsh has been police reporter, a house painter, an impresario, an editor and a waiter. He reports on a variety of local topics for Neighborhood Notes, but when he's not, he writes about food and drink for local restaurants, websites and magazines. He likes long walks, good whiskey and imagining where electrons really go when they've lost all their spin.  
Where to Brunch in Portland: Industrial Cafe & Saloon

Every restaurant worth its salt is known—or should be known—for at least one signature dish. At this glass, metal and concrete cafe, it’s a mighty fine (and heavily gravied) dish of chipped beef on toast. You should order some, but don’t let it become your go-to because you’d be missing out on the other items the kitchen’s cooking up, like gingerbread pancakes, soups, salads, more...

Made-by-hand all-natural organic beauty products

Now Open in Portland: Blendily

Now Open in Portland: Blendily

Motherhood is the original, old-school mother of invention. That’s what Ivy Chuang came to realize after giving birth to her daughter. Prior, she didn’t pay much attention to the moisturizers and lotions she and her husband used on a daily basis. But once her daughter was born, she realized that she didn’t recognize 80 percent of the ingredients listed on the products they had been using. So she more...

Portland’s new Ping Pong Palace

Now Open in Portland: Pips & Bounce

Now Open in Portland: Pips & Bounce

Brothers Eugene and Michael Jung say there wasn’t much to do while growing up in their native Kentucky, which is why they found themselves putting in a lot of time in their basement playing table tennis. After moving to Portland and initiating approximately 30 pop-up Ping-Pong parties, the Jungs decided that Portland was ready for a tried-and-true, all-ages Ping-Pong palace. Their 4,500-square-foot space is more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: TarBoush Lebanese Bistro Glisan

The menu at Pierre and Chirin Boutros’ northeast Lebanese restaurant is nearly identical to the one at the original southeast spot. That means you should expect lots of vegetarian happy hour options, like goat and sheep’s cheese platters (feta, halloumi, akkawi) arrayed with cucumbers, olives and split pickles, and a mezza-like platter with everyone’s Lebanese favorites: labneh, baba ghanoush, more...

Fresh juices, syrups and gommes, delivered daily

Made in Portland: The Commissary

Made in Portland: The Commissary

Since April, Daniel Shoemaker and Sean Hoard, respectively the owner and former bar manager of the Teardrop Lounge, have been answering the prayers of a few lucky local bartenders. From The Commissary, their beneath-the-Burnside Bridge kitchen workshop situated in a long row of other commissaries (New Seasons, Olympic Provisions and Tazo Teas), Shoemaker, Hoard and their team quietly squeeze juices and conjure up a more...

Sosaku-inspired courses

Now Open in Portland: Nodoguro

Now Open in Portland: Nodoguro

Ryan Roadhouse’s restaurant is only open (for now) two nights a week, and on those nights, no more than 13 of you will eat. But, those of you who purchase his dinner tickets online will be treated to 10 courses of sosaku-inspired dishes. (Sosaku is Japanese for creative cuisine.) He’s also partnering with Mark Wooten and Melissa Joubert at Phantom Rabbit Farm, who work with him to decide which crops to more...

The Pearl District's newest specialty pet shop

Now Open in Portland: Urban Dog City Kitty

Now Open in Portland: Urban Dog City Kitty

After 15 years spent working in the corporate marketing department at the Bay Area’s Charles Schwab office, Newberg native Jill Mahnane was ready for a change. Plus, she missed Oregon. So, she and her husband and their house cat Moustache packed up their things and moved back north, settling in the city. Mahnane says she has many passions—chiefly sewing, photography and pets—which is why she decided more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Xico

The happy hour menu at Elizabeth Davis’ finer dining Mexican restaurant isn’t particularly lengthy, but each and every item on it sings your mouth a very pretty song. To start, there’s the Queso Fundid-ito, a diminutive version of the classic snack featuring a tiny cast-iron skillet filled with melted Muenster cheese, slow-cooked chorizo and a serrano-tomatillo salsa accompanied by piping hot corn more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Silver Moon Crêperie

While New Hampshire natives and longtime crêperie veterans Chris and Theresa Therrien don’t necessarily do brunch, you can make the argument that most, if not all, of their 45 crêpes could neatly be categorized as brunch-ish. To make their crêpes, the Therriens start with a batter base, and then split it in two, adding to each batch either savory or sugary elements. With its cinnamon sprinkles more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Roman Candle Baking Co.

Roman Candle has the feel of a cafe—sort of. Meaning, it’s the kind of place you can swing by with a friend or two, but you can just as comfortably and easily swap those friends out for a newspaper or novel. If you like Eggs in Purgatory, Roman Candle has ‘em: The open kitchen allows you to literally watch how the sausage, which spices up and seasons the dish’s tomato stew, gets made. The more...