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.  
West End Select Shop carries the lines of emerging designers


Now Open in Portland: West End Select Shop

Now Open in Portland: West End Select Shop

Andi Bakos’ “jewel box” of a women’s shop is a pocket-sized 415 square feet, but don’t let the size of it fool you because the Oregon native and former Nordstrom and Nike trend scout is offering apparel and accessories from emerging designers from all over the globe, including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Budapest, Berlin, Los Angeles and Portland. Her main goal, she says, is to find more...

Hogan’s Goat’s gluten-free pie will fill you up, but won't weigh you down

Gluten-Free Pizza in Portland: Hogan's Goat Pizza

Gluten-Free Pizza in Portland: Hogan's Goat Pizza

The recently resurrected Hogan’s Goat is not a gluten-free environment, and it’s only open 18 hours a week, but the kitchen still puts out one mighty fine gluten-free pie. The crust, made with a Bob’s Red Mill blend of rice, tapioca, potato and millet flours, is firm in the center and crunchy around the edges. Order at the counter, pull up a chair at one the dining room’s three vintage Formica more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Life of Pie Pizza

The happy hour menu at Jason Kallingal’s pizzeria is simple—spartan simple, in fact. Here’s how it reads: $3 glasses of wine (red and white), $3 draft pints (brewed at one of four local breweries), and one $5 pizza (margherita). Doesn’t sound like much, but here’s the thing: That pizza’s a winner, and after months of tweaking it since the doors opened, Kallingal’s dialed in more...

Now Open in Portland: Hi-Wheel Wine & Mead Co. and Fringe Meadery

Ken Bonnin Jr. and Nathan Mattis, the respective individuals behind Hi-Wheel Wine & Mead Co. and Fringe Meadery, have just opened a shared production facility and 10-tap, 15-seat tasting room (a seating capacity that doubles when the patio’s open) in the same building as Jaime Soltero Jr.’s Tamale Boy. Expect to find Bonnin’s brand of fizzy wines, Mattis’ soon-to-be unveiled line of bubbly more...

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...