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.  
Dayna McErlean's new downtown diner is cool, calm and collected.

Where to Brunch in Portland: Dime Store

Where to Brunch in Portland: Dime Store

Just months after taking over Leo’s Non-Smoking Coffee Shop, Dayna McErlean (DOC, Yakuza Lounge) and her kitchen crew have dialed themselves in to doing what an honest diner does best: Putting out simple, unfussy (and probably cleaner and healthier) American fare. Think cookies and coffee cakes made from scratch, handmade milkshakes, pancakes griddled with seasonal fruits, burgers, and a chicken salad sandwich more...

PDX Patios: Unwind (and Wind Up) at White Owl Social Club

Mikey McKennedy and Matt Jacobson’s social club specializes in loud music. It’s frequently playing indoors but sometimes the club hosts live bands outdoors (and sometimes those performances are free). So if you like loud music, dancing under a canopy of party lights, and gathering around a gas fire and roasting s’mores, the White Owl’s not just your place, it’s your scene. Forecast: If more...

Get to know the makers behind Portland's newest collective studio space.

Now Open in Portland: Foster Row

Now Open in Portland: Foster Row

The impetus behind Foster Row, explains co-owner Mark Pendergrass, was to create a collective studio space where several artisans could work side by side rather than working at home, alone. It was something he’d mentioned to his friend (and Forster Row co-owner)Jennifer Erickson, which is why it made sense for them to team up and remodel and transform a long-neglected building into new offices, workshops and a more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Levant

Scott Snyder’s (for lack of a better umbrella term) Middle Eastern eatery has lots going for it, but it’s the small things you notice first—like the ergonomic curve of the flatware and the Middle Eastern hip-hop piped through the sound system. But you’re here for the food, and Snyder’s kitchen crew puts out some winners. Start with the mixed green salad because, with its candied almonds, more...

PDX Sandwiches: DarSalam's Falafel Sandwich

There’s a difference, explains DarSalam’s Ghaith Sahib, between Lebanese and Syrian falafel sandwiches and his Iraqi falafel sandwiches. Yes, sandwiches from Lebanon and Syria often get trumped up with a variety of flavorful pickled vegetables that are stuffed inside each flatbread wrap, but a proper Iraqi sandwich uses only one pickled ingredient: pickled mangoes, which are blended into a bright, tangy more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Blossoming Lotus

There comes a time when even the toothiest carnivore realizes that he or she can eat only so much pork belly. Fortunately, not every joint in town is a meat house, and when it comes to vegan fare, few kitchens put out deliciously wholesome plates as consistently as Blossoming Lotus does. Want something raw? The “live nachos” may be BL’s most popular dish, but the crispy, crunchy Moroccan collard more...

The North Light: A patio for 50, and some fantastic summer cocktails.

PDX Patios: Unwind at North Light

PDX Patios: Unwind at North Light

Mississippi Avenue has plenty of outdoor seating, but few offer street-side patio courtyards that can accommodate as many as 50 of you, which makes North Light one of the only spots on this commercial stem where you can simultaneously carry on a lively conversation as you watch the nightly parade of Portlanders walking up and down the summer strip. Forecast: Owners Christopher Gutierrez and Hope Beraka say you more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: C'est Si Bon!

C’est Si Bon!, John and Gabrielle Esbeck’s French-style crêperie, doesn’t really have a happy hour menu. Rather, it has a regular menu and during happy hour, everything on it’s game for dollar discounts, from the pâtes, salads and seasonal crêpes to red, white and sparkling wines produced by growers who run sustainable, biodynamic and organic operations. If you’re more...

PDX Sandwiches: Stan'wiches' Porkstrami

Stan Pratnicki may have switched gears by reworking his now-defunct Polish bar into a full-on sandwich shop, but he’s stacked his new menu with a few ringers from his old one, and chief among those is his signature Portkstrami. With its griddled Fleur De Lis rye bread, gruyère cheese and housemade sauerkraut, it looks a lot like a Reuben. But Pratnicki’s swapped out the pastrami in lieu of pork more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Genies Cafe

If a restaurant has six decades under its weathered belt, like Genies, it’s certainly not doing something wrong. But to keep that up year after year in a city like ours, you’ve got to be doing a lot of things right. And while Genies’ kitchen puts out what have become de rigueur breakfast standards, it prides itself on self-reliance, especially when it comes slow-cooking and curing techniques. Want a more...