Articles by Chad Walsh

Chad Walsh

I’m Chad and, yes, I’m a transplant. But after years of wandering, I finally found the city that feels like home. More home than home, even. A sort of inner-home. I dig Portland for its city planning, its infrastructure, its public transit, its incredible scenery, its parks, its proximity to the mountain and the coast, its endless restaurant and bar scene, but most of all, for its people, because Portland is the town where everybody roots for everyone else, even those with whom you should be competing. When I’m writing for a variety of publications and organizations across town, I’m bragging about my new hometown, running through the woods, enjoying a well-made craft cocktail, and living by one simple rule: Always check your 6. 

Where to Brunch in Portland: Pepper Box Cafe

Jim Wilson and Zane Blair’s New Mexican breakfast and lunch joint could not be any more casual: You order at the counter, pour your own water and fetch your own flatware. And the food their kitchen puts out is unquestionably blue collar: The portions are affordable and beyond generously big, and the eats are made with the kind of fatty proteins we all crave—and they decidedly don’t skimp on the good more...

Fish balls and lamb bao bing

Now Open in PDX: Kung Pow!

Now Open in PDX: Kung Pow!

Henry Liu, the chef-owner of Shandong, Hollywood’s northern Chinese restaurant, has partnered with his friend Vo Chien to open Kung Pow! in the space once occupied by the Blue Olive Cafe. The 90-seat lunch and dinner space has been given a complete overhaul, including the kitchen, where Liu will be firing up chicken wings, three flavors of fish balls, and his specialty lamb bao bing—which comes with a more...

Manufactured right here in the City of Roses

Made In PDX: Black Star Bags

Made In PDX: Black Star Bags

A few years after Dave Stoops moved to Portland, he went on a cross-country biking tour that started on the West Coast and ended back east. He loves biking—it was that and the many backpacking opportunities Oregon has to offer that lured him out here in the first place. And, he had a job as a bike messenger, which he loved because it allowed him plenty of chances to pedal around town. There was only one more...

Where to Get Burgers in PDX: Yakuza Lounge

Yakuza Lounge’s namesake burger is good. How good? Well, it can’t cure disease or end war—yet—but it can make you forget all about whatever’s been troubling you. Sandwiched between a Pearl Bakery brioche roll are a meat patty, ketchup, Japanese-spiced mayonnaise, leaf lettuce (wisely placed beneath the patty to prevent the meat’s juices from compromising the fluffy bun), and more...

Red Bat Press: Publisher of Bike Guides (and Leader of Bike Tours)

If you're a two-wheeled commuter and don’t yet know who Carye Bye is, lean in, because there are a few things about her that you ought to know. After earning degrees and in art and art history, the Minnesota native decided to move west—first to San Francisco, where she stayed for a year and learned all about letterpress printing, before moving to Portland in 2001. In between office temp gigs here in more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Rams Head

There aren’t many McMenamins properties that grant their chefs and bartenders the freedom to play around, but Rams Head is one of them. On the eats side, the menu breaks down its happy hour dishes by price points, ranging from $2 (for a ramekin crammed full of pickled vegetables) to $5 (steak bites tossed with crimini mushrooms in a bordelaise). You’re probably going to want to hover in the $4 range, more...

Homemade BBQ sauce and flash-fried onions

Where to Get Burgers in PDX: Serratto Restaurant and Bar

Where to Get Burgers in PDX: Serratto Restaurant and Bar

Forget how much a cheeseburger costs for just a minute and ask yourself, “How much did my lunchtime sandwich and a bag of crisps cost me this afternoon?” Odds are good that it was at least $9. Now, imagine that you were too busy this afternoon to even eat lunch and that you’re so hungry right now that you can’t even think straight. Well, as long as you can walk straight, you should head more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Suzette Crêperie and Bar

There are no bad choices at Suzette—only hard ones. Like, should I order the prix fixe brunch (your choice of crêpe preceded by a French almond and brown butter teacake and either a mimosa, glass of orange juice or cup of coffee), or should I choose dishes à la carte? The answer to this brunching conundrum is all of the above. Which crêpe you choose will depend on what you think about meat, more...

Craft cocktails and ham, ham, ham

Now Open in PDX: Hamlet

Now Open in PDX: Hamlet

When the Pearl District space once home to Jinx became available, some local restaurateurs saw an opportunity: Cathy Whims and Ryan Magarian always knew that they wanted to open a bar to serve as a de facto waiting room for their other venture, Oven and Shaker, but they didn’t expect that its location would literally be around the corner. After partnering with ChefStable and securing the venue, they realized more...

Portland Pedal Power delivers hot meals fast.

Portland Pedal Power: Fueling PDX with Meals on Two Wheels

Portland Pedal Power: Fueling PDX with Meals on Two Wheels

When Jenn Dederich and her business partners decided to launch Portland Pedal Power in May 2009, they started with literally the barest of bones. With just one bike and no employees save for a handful of founders, they had a bike delivery concept where individuals and companies could order online from participating restaurants and have that food promptly dispatched their places of work. Six years later, Portland more...