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: Zell's Cafe

With breakfast spots opening every week and dinner spots doing brunch on weekends just as often, you’re forgiven for forgetting this city’s perennial sleepers. Zell’s Cafe is one such sleeper, but you’d be doing yourself (and your belly) a favor to keep its name on the tip of your tongue. Its lone dining room is open, well-lit and scored by 1940s jazz standards. It’s got a spare but full more...

Prost! Dan Hart and Chris Navarra toast their new German eatery.

Now Open in Portland: Stammtisch

Now Open in Portland: Stammtisch

Beer lovers were sad to see the neighborhood spot Spints Alehouse shutter in late 2013. But, the beer is again flowing from that corner brick building because Prost! owners Dan Hart and Chris Navarra have set up shop inside it. Interestingly, Hart says he and Navarra had originally wanted to open Prost! here before Spints won the lease. Now, he says he and Navarra have more space and kitchen amenities to do all the more...

14 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in May

Of the 14new brick and mortars to blip across our Now Open radar inMay, all of them turned out to be eateries. So what’s new? We now have new places to get espresso, pastries, baked goods, donuts and crêpes. We can tuck ourselves into tables and order up German, Mexican, Thai and Lebanese spreads. And, as you might expect, Portland’s Restaurant Row—SE Division Street—got three new more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Killer Burger Downtown

Every location in Robin and Mark McCrary’s Killer Burger family promises what Portlanders have come to know as Crazy Hour: A three-hour afternoon span where you can fuel up on bottomless fries and the couple’s perfectly seared classic and peanut butter, pickle and bacon burgers. But, only their downtown location offers a weekday happy hour during which you can wash down your burgers and fries with more...

PDX Patios: Unwind at The Bent Brick

The menu at The Bent Brick changes seasonally, but it’s always carefully planned and executed. And the bar program is made up solely of domestic wines, beers and spirits—sorry people, no margaritas here. But when it’s nice outside, there are few places in NW Portland more relaxing than this little well-manicured patio. Forecast: This garden patio isn’t particularly large—it seats more...

Where to Get a Tasty Burger in Portland: Trifecta Tavern

Ken Forkish, the industrious, masterminding, flour-dusted hands behind the southeast pizza joint and bakery that bears his name, grew up in Maryland, but he often traveled south by car to see family in Tennessee and the Carolinas. It was during these visits that he began to appreciate the charms of Southern cuisine, as evidenced by its scattered presence all over his Trifecta Tavern menu. To give his double burger more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: The Alameda Cafe

The menu at Colleen Humphrey’s cafe leans hard on hollandaise and New Mexican classics. So if you’re looking for either, this is your spot. You can always get your hollandaise poured atop a pair of poached eggs when you order the Pig in a Bird’s Nest. It’s like a Benedict but with the ham swapped out for bacon and a tangled pair of equally crispy and delightfully gooey potato cakes (fried with more...

Where to get a Tasty Burger in Portland: Killer Burger

On paper, it shouldn’t work. Peanut butter, pickles and mayo? Please. But, the thing about Robin and Mark McCrary’s Peanut-Butter-Pickle-Bacon Burger is that it does work, mysteriously, and against all odds. And if you didn’t catch that other element, it also comes with thick strips of bacon—as do all Killer Burgers. If you weren’t already hip to that fact, you actually have to ask the more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: The Triple Lindy

Cap Meyers and Mike Miller’s fried eggplant spears may look like fish sticks, but they sure don’t eat like them. (That’s a good thing.) They come with a dipping ramekin full of a tangy harissa aioli and have a seasoned skin that’s not unlike the fried batter that coats the birds at KFC. (That’s also a good thing.) If you like your food fried, the pair’s ravioli (stuffed with more...

SW PDX's new go-to taco and margarita joint

Now Open in Portland: Uno Mas

Now Open in Portland: Uno Mas

If Oswaldo Bibiano keeps it up, he might have to change the name of what’s shaping up to be his small taco chain from Uno Mas to Un Otro. His second Uno Mas spot, located just across the street from Providence Park, seats about 100 inside and can accommodate more on the spot’s adjacent outdoor courtyard. Bibiano’s pastor, bistek, carnitas and lengua tacos still reign supreme, but he says his new more...