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: Trattoria Gallo Nero

Have you grown tired of the standard brunch repertoire of eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy and waffles? More importantly, does the idea of waiting in line for an hour—or, heaven forfend, two—just to take a seat wear you out just thinking about it? If that’s you (and we think that it just might be), then we’re going to let you in on a little secret: The brunch at Florentine native David more...

Check out Blaqpaks' new 1,600-square-foot space in SE Portland’s Ford Building.

Now Open in Portland: Blaqpaks

Now Open in Portland: Blaqpaks

Jeremy Neal and Paul Johnson’s bike-friendly backpack-making operation has new digs after opening up shop in a 1,600-square-foot space in SE Portland’s Ford Building. The new space is evenly divided: The front is reserved for retail while the back half is the duo’s workshop. In addition to offering water-resistant backpacks and messenger bags, Neal and Johnson also make panniers, cargo bike canopies more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: NEPO 42

The happy hour menu at Michigander Matthew Firosz’s casually welcoming bar is abundant with homemade bar snacks. You can order very meaty chicken wings or house-pickled jalapeño poppers stuffed with oozy cheddar and cream cheese and cocooned in a deep-fried cornmeal-and-rice-flour batter. You can get specialty house-infused cocktails that rotate each month (think coconut-flavored tequila and more...

12 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in June

You did it, Portland. You finally found room in your collective heart for a few new businesses that don’t serve food. Of the dozen indie spots that sprang up in June, only five of them were restaurants. Sure, we now have new places to get lobster, gelato and fried chicken, but we also gained an art gallery, a spa, a pair of retail design studios (where you can alternately get dresses or water-resistant more...

PDX Patios: Unwind at Teote Areperia

It’s probably a hackneyed way to say it, but the patio at Michael Kennett's Teote is truly an oasis. It’s tucked into a not-so-tiny backyard behind a refurbished home settled at the tip of one of Ladd’s Addition’s many residential stems, and it features a fire pit and a standalone, al fresco bar that puts out a good many aguas frescas. But, the one intangible that really makes Teote stand more...

Meet maker Rita Hudson-Evalt

Made in Portland: Hubris Apparel

Made in Portland: Hubris Apparel

Rita Hudson-Evalt grew up in the farming community of Cartlon, Ore., but after earning degrees in apparel design and merchandise management, she set off for Portland and stitched her way toward opening her own dressmaking company. Since 2010, Hudson-Evalt has designed clothes under the banner of Hubris Apparel, which in addition to making dresses also produces the occasional skirt and top. Hudson-Evalt says she more...

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...