Our Restaurant Guide picks the best restaurants in Portland every October. We hem and haw and fuss to recommend 50 restaurants we think best represent the city.

This is not that list.

Rather, these are five spots we're excited about right now. Maybe that's a taqueria we've loved forever, maybe that's a seafood spot with a special menu this week or a new burger joint we stumbled on Friday night. It's designed to answer that age-old question: Where should we go out to dinner tonight?

Where to eat this week:
1. Bless Your Heart
126 SW 2nd Ave., 503-719-4221, byhpdx.com.

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

Oh hot damn—real-deal East Coast hamburgers, whether Carolina-style or straight-up double-cheese on a Martin's potato roll. Life is good. And bless your heart. $.
2. Wares

2713 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-954-1172, warespdx.com.

Smallwares is back, small, as Wares in the Zipper food mall: fried kale, chicken ramen, sichuan noodles and killer brunch congee. $$.
3. XLB

4090 N Williams Ave., 503-841-5373, xlbpdx.com.

(Joe Riedl)
(Joe Riedl)

XLB took a second to get its bearing—but on our last visit they served up dumplings bursting with beautifully savory soup, great mushroom bao and five-spice popcorn chicken. $$.
4. Stacked

1643 SE 3rd Ave., 971-279-2731, stackedsandwichshop.com.

(Sam Gehrke)
(Sam Gehrke)

Stacked is a deli sandwich shop loaded with ideas from fine dining, like smoked trout or elk tartare open-facers. But the oxtail French dip ($13) with melted havarti and rosemary jus is pure comfort. $-$$.
5. Güero

200 NE 28th Ave., 503-887-9258, gueropdx.com.

(Sam Gehrke)
(Sam Gehrke)

Güero is back, serving city-beating tortas on 28th—but now with margaritas and mezcal, in a casually comfortable space. $.