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: Boke Bowl West

Depending on when you show up for this late-riser dim sum brunch, there may be a wait—but it’ll be a short one because the servers wheeling their carts around bring items to your table faster than you can eat. In other words, don’t sweat it if you’re waiting for a four top because the tables turn over in a snap. What to eat? What’s not to eat? There are bao and pot stickers, rice noodles more...

Now Open in Portland: ECHO Natural Beauty

Aestheticians Jami Sherman and Shannon Milligan both grew up in Portland, and both have loyal followings that trust them with their skincare needs. (Sherman used to operate Treatment while Milligan ran Fraiche Skincare.) That following is now being consolidated as Sherman and Milligan have teamed up to bring facials, sugaring, massage and makeup applications to Portland’s Pearl District. In addition to all of more...

Happy Hour Recs for Saturday Night Out in Portland

Pretty much every bar and restaurant in this town offers some discounted eats and drinks during happy hour. But often, those discounts are a weekday thing only. When it comes to these generous eat and drinkeries, happy hour is extended to us during a time when we need it most: Saturdays. For many of you, Saturdays are reserved for your sweethearts. If that’s your date night, we’ve got recommendations for more...

Our Favorite Weekday Breakfast Joints in Portland

For two-plus years, we’ve been documenting this city’s many, many brunch spots. But you know what? Brunch isn’t simply a weekend thing. For this list, it’s more accurate to call these brunches simply breakfasts because most of these places are fueling Portlanders with the day’s most important meal every single day—or most days during the week and weekend. We’ve got greasy more...

Beads, shells, horns and bone

Now Open in Portland: Ritual Adornments

Now Open in Portland: Ritual Adornments

CeCeCummins andand Joel Mikkalson’ beading business may be a quarter of a century old but it’s brand new to Portland. (It previously operated for five years in Santa Fe and another 17 in Santa Monica.) But, the couple does more than simply hawk beads—a lot more. Inside their new digs, you’ll find folk art from China, Turkey, India, Mexico and numerous South American and African countries. And more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Pix Patisserie

The space shared by Pix Pâtisserie and Bar Vivant is a seductive one. Everything flirts, from the red flocked wallpaper to the mod chandeliers spilling from the ceiling to the red holiday lights that accent a wall of empty wine bottles. It’s a space that’s been carefully mapped out for a maximum sensory experience. The food and drinks aren’t anything to sneeze at, either. In fact, Pix’s more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Smallwares

Eating brunch—actually, eating any meal—at Smallwares is a kid-in-a-candy-shop experience, except the payoff is much bigger. Yes, you can read the menu and infer that what you’re about to eat will taste terrific, but (unless you know how chef and owner Johanna Ware rolls in the kitchen) you’ll soon savor just how Ware has really outdone herself for this late-morning affair. For instance, the more...

Get free stuff in exchange for your thoughts on said stuff

Now Open in Portland: SamplingLab

Now Open in Portland: SamplingLab

Arkansas native Jeff Davis is a longtime marketing and PR guy who’s worked for food industry clients from offices on both coasts, and for the last year, he’s been test marketing his own test-marketing business. SamplingLab is shop of sorts where locals take home free stuff in exchange for answering a questionnaire on each product. Here’s how it works: Go to SamplingLab, take home something free, more...

Portland's Best Happy Hours (Our 7 Faves, Anyways!)

In 2014, we averaged at least one happy hour a week (strictlyprofessionally—not to mention all the ones we polished off for pleasure and nourishment). This means that our readers and friends often ask us to list our favorite happy hour spots. And while we’re most certainly not critics, we've come to understand that a certain combinationof food, drink, service and atmospherecan lead to an experience more...

A Stroke of Luck: Golfing Lessons, More Pizza and Free Stuff

22 Locally Owned Business Opened in Portland in December

22 Locally Owned Business Opened in Portland in December

Portland may have lost some beloved businesses in 2014, yet the local indie business scene was plenty sunny because, by our count, last year brought us almost 200 new businesses. And, despite the holiday season, November and December were particularly busy months for our newest entrepreneurs. Last month alone, we saw the rise of a spa, pilates studio, tea bar, wood-fired pizzeria, two delis, two bottle shops, two more...