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.  
Josephine’s Dry Goods re-opens!

Now Open in Portland: Josephine's Dry Goods

Now Open in Portland: Josephine's Dry Goods

When Bini Leach attended The Art Institute of Portland, she’d often head downtown to Josephine’s to pour over fabrics that she’d then stitch into apparel for either her school assignments or for her sister-in-law, Dana Handler. When Josephine’s shuttered in late 2013, the pair were bummed out: The dry goods store had carried the city’s best silks, Italian wools and Liberty of London more...

Oso Market + Bar's brunch will both surprise and please you.

Where to Brunch in Portland: Oso Market + Bar

Where to Brunch in Portland: Oso Market + Bar

The brunch menu at Colin and Holly Howard’s restaurant and market is small but deliciously inventive, so bring friends because you’re gonna want to try it all. First, get a round of very garlicky Bloody Marys (spiced not with black pepper but with smoked pimentón). Then, get the veggie-friendly fried eggs (served atop a nicely spiced bed of kale sautéed with onions and red peppers). And more...

Impressive and affordable drinks and eats at Mi Mero Mole West

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Mi Mero Mole West

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Mi Mero Mole West

If happy hour at Nick Zukin’s Mexican eat and drinkery isn’t on your radar, it is now. First, locally brewed pints are impossibly affordable ($2.50 a pop), and all the margaritas (save for the Cadillac) are just $4 for half pints and $6 for a full. (Hint: Ask for the plantain margarita. Trust.) But you’re probably (or should be) coming for the food, all of which is $5 or less and centers mostly more...

PDX Patios: Unwind at Tamale Boy

With its 150 seats, interchangeable tables, outdoor video wall, planters full of fresh herbs, fire pit, hanging paper lamps, and outdoor walk-up window, what doesn’t Jaime Soltero Jr.’s Tamale Boy patio have? An oceanfront beach, maybe? Other than that, it’s got everything—including peerless food and drink—that any Portlander could ever want. Forecast: Tamale Boy’s a lunch and more...

PDX Sandwiches: Las Primas Peruvian Kitchen's Butifarra

There’s one really good reason that the readers (and writers) of several local publications continue to shower praise on Sadie Morrison and Catalina Acuña’s Las Primas, and that reason can be effectively summed up as: the little things. First, every table in the joint is punctuated with a potted succulent. Second, there’s foosball—free foosball. Third, the homemade hot sauces are more...

Dayna McErlean's new downtown diner is cool, calm and collected.

Where to Brunch in Portland: Dime Store

Where to Brunch in Portland: Dime Store

Just months after taking over Leo’s Non-Smoking Coffee Shop, Dayna McErlean (DOC, Yakuza Lounge) and her kitchen crew have dialed themselves in to doing what an honest diner does best: Putting out simple, unfussy (and probably cleaner and healthier) American fare. Think cookies and coffee cakes made from scratch, handmade milkshakes, pancakes griddled with seasonal fruits, burgers, and a chicken salad sandwich more...

PDX Patios: Unwind (and Wind Up) at White Owl Social Club

Mikey McKennedy and Matt Jacobson’s social club specializes in loud music. It’s frequently playing indoors but sometimes the club hosts live bands outdoors (and sometimes those performances are free). So if you like loud music, dancing under a canopy of party lights, and gathering around a gas fire and roasting s’mores, the White Owl’s not just your place, it’s your scene. Forecast: If more...

Get to know the makers behind Portland's newest collective studio space.

Now Open in Portland: Foster Row

Now Open in Portland: Foster Row

The impetus behind Foster Row, explains co-owner Mark Pendergrass, was to create a collective studio space where several artisans could work side by side rather than working at home, alone. It was something he’d mentioned to his friend (and Forster Row co-owner)Jennifer Erickson, which is why it made sense for them to team up and remodel and transform a long-neglected building into new offices, workshops and a more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Levant

Scott Snyder’s (for lack of a better umbrella term) Middle Eastern eatery has lots going for it, but it’s the small things you notice first—like the ergonomic curve of the flatware and the Middle Eastern hip-hop piped through the sound system. But you’re here for the food, and Snyder’s kitchen crew puts out some winners. Start with the mixed green salad because, with its candied almonds, more...

PDX Sandwiches: DarSalam's Falafel Sandwich

There’s a difference, explains DarSalam’s Ghaith Sahib, between Lebanese and Syrian falafel sandwiches and his Iraqi falafel sandwiches. Yes, sandwiches from Lebanon and Syria often get trumped up with a variety of flavorful pickled vegetables that are stuffed inside each flatbread wrap, but a proper Iraqi sandwich uses only one pickled ingredient: pickled mangoes, which are blended into a bright, tangy more...