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.  
Stiff Drinks, Small Plates and Tall Pints of Beer in the Pearl District

Now Open in Portland: The Fields Bar & Grill

Now Open in Portland: The Fields Bar & Grill

Despite its 13 televisions tuned to all kinds of sporting events, Joe Frade, and his business partner Jose Ayhllon, don’t consider their new venture to be a sports bar. “It’s more of a sports-driven restaurant,” Frade says, pointing to the from-scratch and locally sourced dishes cooked up by head chef Judd Anthony, whom the pair imported from the kitchens of San Francisco. From one of the more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Detour Cafe

Long before SE Division Street exploded with countless bars, restaurants and cafes, Detour Cafe's Becky Doggett and Scott Krombein were holding down the fort. Of all the restaurants that pepper their stretch of Division Street, only Clay's Smokehouse Grill has been around longer, which, on a crowding street, is a testament to their success. Inside, the space is a charming bohemian hodgepodge of bright colors more...

Thai Chicken, Rice and Everything Nice

Now Open in Portland: Nong's Khao Man Gai

Now Open in Portland: Nong's Khao Man Gai

Since opening her first food cart in 2009, Nong Poonsukwattana has been one of the Portland food scene’s it girls. Nong’s Khao Man Gai was such a hit with locals—and local chefs—that she started bottling the sauce that accompanies her cart’s sole dish: Thai chicken and rice. After opening a second spot near PSU and then a southeast storefront, she’s bringing the kitchen skills she more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Hale Pele

When you hit up happy hour, you’re no doubt seeking small plates on the cheap and maybe a strong drink or two. And at Blair Reynolds’ tiki lounge, you get those, but you get a little something else too—something special. Yes, the WeeBimBap (kimchi with rice, seaweed, pickled vegetables and a soft-boiled egg) is tart and spicy and pairs quite nicely with a Corn ’n’ Oil (blackstrap rum and more...

Where to Brunch in Portland:  Bushel & Peck Bakeshop

Lots of coffee shops provide quick, easy bites to mellow the effects of each cup’s caffeine. Some shops are owned by locals who bake those baked goods every day. But few of them bake the way Amanda Felt does. Her oft-changing menu spotlights many staples (soups, salads, breakfast sandwiches, muffins and cookies), but Felt’s goodies are always a little different. For instance, she’ll brighten up a more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Enso Winery

The happy hour at Ryan Sharp’s urban winery is disarmingly casual. He doesn’t do food per se, but he sure knows how to curate a menu. For happy hour, expect—as you would at any winery—bread, meat and cheese. But, the bread’s been baked at Little T, the meats are cured by Olympic Provisions, and the cheeses (one goat, one sheep and one cow) are selected each week by Cheese Bar’s more...

Now Open in Portland: Vortex Music Magazine

From entrepreneur David Mosher, who owned and ran Art Media retail stores for 37 years, and journalist Chris Young, a founder of Oregon Music News, comes something Portland hasn’t seen in a quite some time: a subscription-based publication that focuses solely on the city’s vibrant music scene, with features on topics ranging from community, history and political issues, to behind-the-scenes profiles of more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Café Broder

Perhaps the neatest thing about Peter Bro’s brunch is that even though everything on the menu is made with breakfasty ingredients, you could easily mistake the dishes as dinner entrees—which puts them in their own unique category. The rotating ingredients sandwiched between the lefse (Norwegian potato crêpes) are meaty and cheesy, and the whole lot is topped with pair of sunny side up eggs and more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen

While the concept of small plates may pique some people, Adam, Alan and Le Ho’s small plates won’t because theirs come with small prices. Their happy hour menu has a lot to offer—20 items in all—and most dishes go for about $2 a pop, or sometimes $3. The La Lot (beef wrapped in betel leaves) and a plate of two crispy chicken wings (caramelized in fish sauce) will each run you less than a cup more...

23 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in March

March was a big month for ChefStable and its many partners. First, Lardo opened its third shop on North Williams Avenue in the Boise neighborhood. Then two weeks later in the adjacent space, ChefStable helped inaugurate a combined pastry shop and bakery (that will also be responsible for leavening all of Lardo’s breadstuffs). And within days of that development, ChefStable partnered with another local to launch more...