Are you a foodie on a never-ending quest for the perfect forkful? Or, maybe you’re looking for a dope date night. Either way, CharlotteEAST is coming through with a global solution for your taste buds at its Taste of the World Restaurant Preview on Oct. 3.

In its 15th year, this delicious scavenger hunt takes you on a tour with three stops at some of east Charlotte’s best international eateries. You’ll enjoy great conversation with other food-conscious folks along with desserts, drinks and amazing entrées. CharlotteEAST likes to keep it fresh, so you won’t know which restaurants you’ll be enjoying until you board your culinary caravan. But don’t worry, they’re all legit. We’ve highlighted six of the participating restaurants below.

Abugida Ethiopian Café
3007 Central Ave.

What to get: Abugida Kitfo (seasoned beef) for the carnivores, Vegetarian Feast for the herbivores
Treat yourself: Ethiopian coffee


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The Cooking Pot African Kitchen
5622 E. Independence Blvd.

What to get: Jollof Rice with Plantains
Treat yourself: Hibiscus drinks

Yama Izakaya
1324 Central Ave.

What to get: Tonkatsu Ramen for carnivores, Vegetable Udon Soup for herbivores
Treat yourself: Green Tea Mochi Ice Cream


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King of Spicy Restaurant & Bar
8829 E W.T. Harris Blvd.

What to get: Korma (coconut-flavored curry) – veggie or with choice of meat
Treat yourself: Garlic Naan (bread)

Crispy Banh Thai
2934 Shamrock Dr.

What to get: Grilled Pork Banh Mi (sandwich) for carnivores, Veggie Banh Mi for herbivores
Treat yourself: Mango Tango Slushy


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Mily & Lalo Peruvian Restaurant
3210 N Sharon Amity Rd.

What to get: Arroz Chaufa de Carne (chicken or beef fried rice) for carnivores, Papa a la Huancaina (potatoes with cheese sauce) for herbivores
Treat yourself: Mazamorra Morada (purple pudding)


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This is just the tip of the iceberg. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit Event tickets are $49. The tour bus departs at 6 p.m. from SMS Catering located at 1764 Norland Rd.

Even if you don’t make it to all of the restaurants during the event, put these local businesses on your list for a visit.

Benjamin ‘Benji’ Anderson is a multimedia artist, theologian and storyteller working to build communities of equity and inclusion. He’s N.C.-born, Detroit-raised and Seattle-made.