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.  
Jumpin', jazzy big bands and lively eats at a hoppin' breakfast joint

Where to Brunch in Portland: Old Salt Marketplace

Where to Brunch in Portland: Old Salt Marketplace

If Sunday mornings were made for anything, they were made for jumpin’, jazzy big bands—from Dixieland and Duke Ellington’s big orchestra all the way up to mid-century, smallish combos that, by sheer force, sound big. So, why don’t more places trumpet music like this? Old Salt owners Ben Meyer, Alex Ganum and Marcus Hoover, the faces behind some other great eateries, sure seem to know that if more...

Lake Oswego's catering cafe make a move north

Now Open in Portland: GP Kitchen

Now Open in Portland: GP Kitchen

In 1992, James Joyce and Vicky Davies took over a Lake Oswego catering company and eventually renamed it GP Kitchen. Four years later, they expanded their scope to include a takeout market, and now, 22 years after that, they’ve expanded north, opening a 10-seat Pearl District cafe featuring Stumptown Coffee drinks, Steven Smith teas, and a greatest hits paleo, vegan and gluten-free menu culled from their more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Rum Club

Rum Club’s happy hour menu is straightforward and spare, and banks on the confidence to rely more on its intuition than any fleeting thrills. Clearly, the space is adored. After all, can all the local craft cocktailing pioneers who call this place their home away from work be wrong? Of course not. Rum Club’s exactly what it should be, and when it comes to happy hour, it’s perfect. The menu’s more...

Gluten-Free Pizza in Portland: East Glisan Pizza & Lounge

First things first: This drink-slinging pizzeria is not a gluten-free establishment. Now that you’ve been warned, it is a great place to get a gluten-free pizza. In fact, the kitchen’s straight-up polenta crust rivals, and might even trump, its floury foes. Why exactly? First, the crust is quite thin—no taller than a few dimes. Second, and here’s where it gets interesting, each pie’s more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Cricket Cafe

The Cricket Cafe is your quintessential corner breakfast spot. The service is casual, friendly and prompt. The clientele is a welcoming mix of the young and the no longer so, and the music, interrupted only by the ringing handbell announcing that your food is on its way, is neither too quiet nor too loud. The staff certainly knows its way around a Bloody Mary too. Cricket makes a half dozen, and all of them are more...


Nicole Whitesell breathes new retail life into Division Street

Now Open in Portland: Adorn Division

Now Open in Portland: Adorn Division

Nicole Whitesell’s boutique—which started online and then grew into a 700-square-foot space before outgrowing that for one that’s 1,100-square-feet—has just opened a second shop: a 2,000-square-footer that breathes some new retail life into a corridor known for its restaurants and bars. Expect women’s seasonal fashion lines and accessories, from boots on up to hats, and ornamentation by more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Khao San

When preparing yourself for Khao San’s happy hour, remember to ask for these two things: a ramekin (or two) of the kitchen’s housemade, five-days-in-the-making sriracha, and extra napkins. Yes, the food is sticky (the cutlery on the table’s a mere formality for this joint’s finger foods), but those napkins will come in handy once the heat from the Thai spices start taking their toll on your more...

Gluten-Free Pizza in Portland: New Cascadia Traditional

Each day between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., it’s pizza time. At least it is at New Cascadia, SE Portland’s gluten-liberating bakery and cafe. In addition to offering Portlanders plenty of bagels, muffins, sandwiches and, quite possibly, the city’s tastiest cupcakes (gluten or not), the kitchen also does pies two ways. You can opt for a slice of cornmeal-crusted deep dish or order yourself a whole more...

Fair-trade, organic and ready to put lots of pep in your step

Now Open in Portland: St. Johns Coffee Roasters

Now Open in Portland: St. Johns Coffee Roasters

Mount Burns (yes, that is his real name, and yes, it’s a cool one) decided to leave behind the world of professional photography in 2008 to focus on the art of roasting coffee beans. His new 30-seat tasting room boasts 20 varieties of all-organic, fair trade, single origin or blended beans (one of the largest selections in the city), all of which you can sample via pour-overs. Burns also grinds and froths up a more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Uno Mas West

When you want some hair of the dog that bit you morning cocktail, sometimes you want a screwdriver and sometimes you want a mimosa. At Oswaldo Bibiano’s Goose Hollow taqueria, you can get both in the same glass. His Orange Is The New Black breakfast cocktail is a fizzy mix of orange juice, bubbles, orange-infused vodka, and cinnamon-sprinkled whipped cream, which you should stir into your booze until it all more...