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. Aviv
1125 SE Division St., 503-206-6280, avivpdx.com.

Aviv pretty much revolutionized hummus in Portland, with eight distinct preparations including hatch chile, zhoug and harissa versions. $$.

2. Ara Restaurant
6159 SW Murray Blvd., 503-747-4823

(Christine Dong)
(Christine Dong)

After 10 pm on a Saturday, this is may be the most hoppin' Korean spot in all of Portland—with bottle after bottle of soju and seriously killer rabokki that'll light up your sinuses. $$.

3. Dil Se
1201 SW Jefferson St, 503-804-5619, dilsepdx.com.

A restaurant co-owned by a former chef of Chennai Masala brings great Indian downtown, with killer masala dosas and even better lamb vindaloo. $$.

4. Chin's Kitchen
4132 NE Broadway St., 503-181-1203, chinskitchenportland.com

(Emily Joan Greene)
(Emily Joan Greene)

This 49-year-old standby now has seriously excellent Northeastern-Chinese-style hand-pulled noodles and dumplings. $$.

5. Fukami
2215 E Burnside St. (inside Davenport), fukamipdx.com.

(Thomas Teal, Yasmin Alishav)
(Thomas Teal, Yasmin Alishav)

Sundays and Mondays all September, sushi pop-up Fukami will serve a surf and turf supplemented by legendary A5 wagyu—pure meat ambrosia. $$$$.