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.  
Where to Brunch in Portland: Iconic

When you first step into Iconic, the first thing you’ll notice is the large movie screen behind the bar. The next thing you’ll ask is: “What am I watching?” Chances are it’s not a classic talky, but rather a modern one projected in black and white with the sound dialed down: Think a tightly shorn, monochromatic version of Kurt Russell in Stargate and you’ll begin to get the more...

DIYing, with a little help from the pros in St. Johns

Now Open in Portland: St. Johns Living Well

Now Open in Portland: St. Johns Living Well

After years spent working in the nonprofit arena (and a short spell as owner of a local vintage wedding shop), Kellie Guess, with the help of her husband, Todd, has just opened a health and home shop that caters to this town’s many DIYers. So if you’ve ever wanted to learn to make soaps and candles or how to ferment, preserve and can your own edibles, this is your new spot. All of the raw DIY ingredients more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Davis Street Tavern

Since its doors first opened in 2008, Davis Street Tavern’s become a comfortable second home to the just-out-of-work crowd: It’s a roomy place and can easily accommodate large parties, but if you want, it can be intimate too. Just belly up to the bar with a colleague or a book. And the food menu here runs the right-on-the-money pub fare gamut. There are oysters, steamed mussels, an especially righteous more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: 23Hoyt

The front and back of house at this Bruce Carey joint is known for putting individual and seasonal twists on familiar favorites. The breakfast martini gets doses of both lemon and homemade marmalade. It’s refreshing, both literally and, because it’s made with gin, figuratively. (Can we all agree that there’s no such thing as a vodka martini?) On the eats side, the Benedict comes with pulled pork in more...

Lather, rinse and repeat like a local

Now Open in Portland: Maak Lab

Now Open in Portland: Maak Lab

You may not know it, but you’re probably familiar with Anoria Gilbert’s work. Since early 2013, she’s been making soaps, candles and salves for retailers like Tanner Goods and Bridge & Burn, and even made a collaborative gin-based soap with Aviation Gin. Her new West End studio and showroom spotlights those same products scented with a variety of what Gilbert says reminds her of Oregon: more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Yakuza Lounge

The staff at Yakuza know how to set a mood: The lighting here is low, the dining room’s design is sensual, and the music, hip-hoppy. In other words, like a Flying Wallenda, they find the right balance between seductive and electric. Lucky for you, they also know how to set a table too. Each drink is designed to balance and compliment the kitchen’s Japanese-inspired ingredients: The beet martini, with its more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: BTU Brasserie

The brunch menu at Chris Bogart and Nate Yovu’s microbrewing Chinese restaurant may be slim, but the flavors in each dish are balanced—nuanced even. In other words, nothing’s too spicy, nor too mild: Everything’s been perfectly Goldilocks'd allowing you to taste every one of each dish’s many ingredients. (Of course, you can always take the heat up to 11 by asking for some of the more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Sapphire Hotel

There’s plenty of sexy rooms in this city, but with its dim lights, lit candles and blood-red colors, the Sapphire Hotel’s the kind of room you believe when it tells you that it loves you. It’s the kind of place that’ll hold you and listen as you unpack your bad day at work, and the kind of place that’ll tell you everything’s gonna be okay as it fixes you a stiff drink. Speaking of more...

Ping Pong, pizza and a pet shop and portrait studio

27 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in November

27 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in November

Portlanders were busy beavers in November throwing open the doors to nearly two dozen businesses. Need a hug? You can get that by visiting Portland’s new cuddling center. Need a pet shop with a boutique portrait studio? You can get that too. The city’s also now home to a new shoe store, wood-fired pizzeria, ping pong palace, DIY lifestyle shop, and women’s boutique run by a pair of intrepid clothing more...

Gary Tyler’s leather camera straps feel—and look—good

Made in Portland: Great State

Made in Portland: Great State

Gary Tyler says he’s been shooting photographs for as long as he can remember. Until about five years ago, the Asheville, N.C., native put in some time on the slopes, too, shooting and producing snowboarding movies before taking on video production for various advertising agencies. As an avid shooter—and an active one—Tyler was always in the market for the perfect camera strap. It had to be more...