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.  
Late-night cookies for late-night munchers

Made in PDX: Coop's Cookies

Made in PDX: Coop's Cookies

There often comes a point in everyone’s life when they know they’re ready for a change. For some it happens later in life, but for others, like Portlander Jessica Cooper, it happened early. For almost three years, Cooper worked as a defense attorney for a small Portland firm. But practicing law wasn’t fulfilling her the way she’d hoped, so she quit and took up dog walking. Then last summer, more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Nonna

Nonna, the stylish, welcoming, Italian grandmother-inspired restaurant operated by Dayna McErlean (Dime Store, DOC, Yakuza Lounge), has something akin to three happy hours. There’s a bambino hour (with a menu of meatballs and angel-hair pasta for your kids), a straight-up happy hour menu (burgers and cheese and charcuterie plates), and a brand new cicchetti (small plates) menu. The cicchetti menu is more...

Swift Lounge puts a pizza feather in its avian cap

Now Open: Blackbird Pizza

Now Open: Blackbird Pizza

Thanks to the owners of Swift Lounge and a former Vincente’s Gourmet Pizza delivery driver, Buckman residents didn’t have to wait long to cure their pie jones after Vincente’s shuttered earlier this year. As the trio of restaurant vets began to take over the 60-seat spot, they came up with a plan: Build on what made Vincente’s so beloved by locals. In short, the sauce is the same and the dough more...

A Quick Look at Portland's Top Sunday Brunches

What comes to mind when you think of archetypal Portland brunch dishes? Wood-fired French toast? Huevos rancheros? Prison chicken? That’s what we think of (and, of course, the requisite Bloody Mary). Keep reading and you’ll find thoughts on all of the above, including details on an eggs Benedict topped with what just may be Portland’s most perfect hollandaise. Disclaimer:With so many spots focusing more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Levant

A truly great thing about Levant’s much-anticipated Sunday brunches is that (for now) it’s more or less a lineless affair. But the best thing about it—if you’re ordering from the chef’s choice Israeli-style seasonal tasting menu ($20 per person at your table)—is that your starters arrive almost as quickly as your harissa Bloody Marys (with pickled vegetables and a salted more...

Now Open in Portland: Sticks & Stones Accessories

After a short spell sharing a space (Nob Hill’s The Specialty Store) with the now-shuttered NW Portland location of Reynolds Optical, the young men behind Stick & Stones have their first official digs. The 900-square-foot space isn’t just home to Benjamin Posin, Marc Ishida and Dominic Neary’s special brand of reclaimed and repurposed wooden jewelry—think rings, button covers, necklaces more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland's Pearl District

Portland’s Pearl District has a little bit of just about everything when it comes to happy hour. There are early ones, late ones, imported cuisines, imported whiskeys, Pacific Northwest wines, some truly terrific wood-fired pies, and some of this city’s best craft cocktails. All you need to figure out is what you’re in the mood for and when you want to go. Disclaimer:With so many spots focusing on more...

Now Open in Portland: Purringtons Cat Lounge

It’s finally here: Portland’s first cat lounge is open for business. What’s a cat lounge? Well, Kristen and Sergio Castillo’s version of it means snacks like deviled eggs, meat and cheese boards, a vegetable board, chips and homemade salsa, and drinks like coffee, tea, local beer and wine—and on weekends, meowmosas. The 1,300-square-foot space seats 30 altogether, but only 20 in the cat more...

Get your Egg McMuffin, Pop Tart and Twinkie fix—Portland style

Slow Food Fast: Portland’s Chefs Take on Fast Food

Slow Food Fast: Portland’s Chefs Take on Fast Food

BuckmanWe all know that fast food is a no-no, or at the very least, something we should try our best to avoid. However, if your blood runs red (white and blue), you might just have a soft, squishy part in your heart where the fast foods of your teenage years still live (maybe literally). Still, most of us generally steer clear of ‘em, if only to prevent ourselves from consuming unholy amounts of sugar, trans more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: New American

Aaron and Faith Dionne’s new family-friendly, comfort food spot takes aim at two things: Prepare classic foods—like short ribs, rotisserie chickens and beet salads—using ingredients from nearby farms and ranches. And their short happy hour menu offers a taste of what exactly that means. Consider the quintessential comfort foods: the grilled cheese and a very creamy, tangy mac and cheese. All of the more...