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.  
A Quick Look at Portland's Vegetarian and Vegan Brunches

Let’s face it: Most of us do dig swine, but this city’s home to a diverse eatership too—which doesn’t just mean restaurants that cater to vegetarians, but restaurants that cater to vegans. And gluten-freers. And raw dieters. Even the spots that take their bacon very seriously offer something for everyone, whether it’s German pancakes, “live” nachos, quiches or French toast. more...

Now Open in Portland: Mother of Pearl

Alisa Fairweather grew up in Pennsylvania, moved to Portland in 1996, had a pair of kids and, until recently, worked as an administrator for a local university. But one day, she decided she wanted to be her own boss. At first, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to be the boss of, but then she remembered her days as a young mother scoring deals on the tools it takes to raise a kid (swings, strollers, bjorns, cloth more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Brunch Box

Brunch Box’s brick and mortar is a tiny place—there’s only seating for about 10 (not including a few sidewalk tables that are put out when it’s nice), plus a short standing bar, á la Seattle’s Dick’s. But don’t let that worry you: Even though the place can fill up quickly, the tables turn fast because Brunch Box is an order-at-the-counter, bus-your-own-table, more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Boke Bowl West

Depending on when you show up for this late-riser dim sum brunch, there may be a wait—but it’ll be a short one because the servers wheeling their carts around bring items to your table faster than you can eat. In other words, don’t sweat it if you’re waiting for a four top because the tables turn over in a snap. What to eat? What’s not to eat? There are bao and pot stickers, rice noodles more...

Now Open in Portland: ECHO Natural Beauty

Aestheticians Jami Sherman and Shannon Milligan both grew up in Portland, and both have loyal followings that trust them with their skincare needs. (Sherman used to operate Treatment while Milligan ran Fraiche Skincare.) That following is now being consolidated as Sherman and Milligan have teamed up to bring facials, sugaring, massage and makeup applications to Portland’s Pearl District. In addition to all of more...

Happy Hour Recs for Saturday Night Out in Portland

Pretty much every bar and restaurant in this town offers some discounted eats and drinks during happy hour. But often, those discounts are a weekday thing only. When it comes to these generous eat and drinkeries, happy hour is extended to us during a time when we need it most: Saturdays. For many of you, Saturdays are reserved for your sweethearts. If that’s your date night, we’ve got recommendations for more...

Our Favorite Weekday Breakfast Joints in Portland

For two-plus years, we’ve been documenting this city’s many, many brunch spots. But you know what? Brunch isn’t simply a weekend thing. For this list, it’s more accurate to call these brunches simply breakfasts because most of these places are fueling Portlanders with the day’s most important meal every single day—or most days during the week and weekend. We’ve got greasy more...

Beads, shells, horns and bone

Now Open in Portland: Ritual Adornments

Now Open in Portland: Ritual Adornments

CeCeCummins andand Joel Mikkalson’ beading business may be a quarter of a century old but it’s brand new to Portland. (It previously operated for five years in Santa Fe and another 17 in Santa Monica.) But, the couple does more than simply hawk beads—a lot more. Inside their new digs, you’ll find folk art from China, Turkey, India, Mexico and numerous South American and African countries. And more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Pix Patisserie

The space shared by Pix Pâtisserie and Bar Vivant is a seductive one. Everything flirts, from the red flocked wallpaper to the mod chandeliers spilling from the ceiling to the red holiday lights that accent a wall of empty wine bottles. It’s a space that’s been carefully mapped out for a maximum sensory experience. The food and drinks aren’t anything to sneeze at, either. In fact, Pix’s more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Smallwares

Eating brunch—actually, eating any meal—at Smallwares is a kid-in-a-candy-shop experience, except the payoff is much bigger. Yes, you can read the menu and infer that what you’re about to eat will taste terrific, but (unless you know how chef and owner Johanna Ware rolls in the kitchen) you’ll soon savor just how Ware has really outdone herself for this late-morning affair. For instance, the more...