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: Sen Yai

For a long time, Portlanders (and New Yorkers too) have known that Andy Ricker and his kitchen crews know how to do lunch and dinner. But, we didn’t know until last year that they could do breakfast too. Located just two blocks from Ricker’s flagship Pok Pok, Sen Yai offers morning eats that don’t include waffles, biscuits or Benedicts. Sure, there’s a Bloody Mary on the menu, but it’s more...

A Pearl District shop for women with rustic flair

Sneak Peek: Rachelle M. Rustic House of Fashion

Sneak Peek: Rachelle M. Rustic House of Fashion

Note: Rachelle M. Rustic House of Fashion will open for business this Saturday, June 28. Rachelle Wilde knows fashion: She worked more than 20 years in the industry for Chico’s, Columbia and Ralph Lauren. But, like many corporateers, Wilde knew a change was due. Yet, she’s sticking with fashion, as you’ll undoubtedly surmise when you enter her new women’s boutique. Wilde says her collection of more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Oven & Shaker

There are very few happy hours in this city where you can belly up and order a whole three course meal—but at Oven and Shaker, you can. To start, you could ask for a simple green salad, but it may induce eye rolling from your date because, for just a dollar more, you can fork your way through a radicchio salad—with its Caesar-style dressing and rosemary-sage croutons, it’s representative of one dish more...

PDX Patios: Unwind at Kerns Kitchen

The menu at Kerns Kitchen is anchored by Italian cuisine—with eight pizzas made with both traditional Neapolitan and Pacific Northwest-inspired toppings. But, there’s nothing like winding down your day with a nice cold glass of white wine while you sit outside beneath the twinkling lights that have been strung from one side of the patio to the other. Forecast: As a general rule, your best chance at more...

Meet maker Lisa Silveira

Made in Portland: Wandering Muse

Made in Portland: Wandering Muse

You could say that Lisa Silveira’s apparel is inspired by Italian fashion—and it is—but it’s just as inspired by her time spent in the old country interning for a Florentine apparel designer. After graduating from The Art Institute of Portland, the Salem native traveled to work and learn in the Renaissance city. But because she was only abroad for three months, she found herself living out of more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: North Light

Make no mistake: If you’re coming to North Light for brunch, come hungry—even the pastries will fill you up. And while the kitchen does put out its share of classic Benedicts (including some playful versions from a rotating list), it does some things that lots of other restaurants don’t. Things like chicken-fried buffalo (with sausage gravy), and veggie breakfast sliders made with scrambled eggs and more...

Portland's Latest Thai Spot

Now Open in Portland: Khao San

Now Open in Portland: Khao San

For a while now, Portland has had its share of Thai eateries. But, the idea at Bud and Nong Saysouriyosack’s new spot is to make you feel as if you’re dining in Thailand. In the run-up to their grand opening, the Saysouriyosacks and their chef traveled to Bangkok to conduct research. They came back with plenty—importing everything from cooking pots and silver water cups to recipes followed for more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Cheese & Crack Snack Shop

It’s a toughie, but the best word to sum up Nathan Hall and William F. Steuernagel V’s cheese, cracker and more shop is, without a doubt, delightful—in that de-lovely Cole Porter sense. Where else can you get gourmet Lunchables for just $3 a plate? Those three Washingtons will buy you a wedge of cheese, some bread (baguette, natch), a spoonful of honey, two very good housemade butter crackers, and more...

PDX Patios: Unwind at Nel Centro

Nel Centro doesn’t mess around in the kitchen: You can order steaks, pastas, short ribs and pork loins. In other words, it’s exactly what you’d expect from the kitchen at a modern downtown hotel restaurant. But, it’s also an unsung brunch place where you grab an early morning patio seat and enjoy a round of Bloody Marys. Forecast: Nel Centro’s patio is huge—it looks like a patio more...

Made in Portland: Quick Study Clothing

After returning to her native Portland following two years in Europe—where she worked as an apparel company intern while becoming enamored with cycling as a healthy form of transportation—Caitlin McCall put her fine arts and apparel design backgrounds to work and formed Quick Study, her very first business. But, the idea behind her line of functional dresses didn’t start as a whim. In fact, she gave more...