Some of the best hummus in town is found at DarSalam. This family-run Iraqi restaurant with two locations serves deliciously spiced traditional dishes. In addition to the usual Middle Eastern staples of mezza platters ($16-$19), shish kebab ($21) and more, DarSalam does an Iraqi-style onion dolma ($16) stuffed with rice, sun-dried tomato and pomegranate that shouldn't be missed.

GO: 2921 NE Alberta St., 503-206-6148, DarSalam Lazurdi,, 320 SW Alder St., 503-444-7813, darsalamportland.com, 11 am-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 11 am-10 pm Friday-Saturday