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Situated just north of Dallas, Plano, Texas and Plano catering are influenced by the same trends that have influenced Dallas. International flavors, like Middle Eastern and regional Mexican cuisines, are hot. And according to the Dallas Observer, Asian flavors, from Hainan and Sichuanese varieties of Chinese food, to Taiwanese and Japanese ramen, are also hot trend in Plano restaurants.

But deep in the heart of Texas, when you’re looking for the best restaurant in Plano, you know barbecue will never go out of fashion and Southern flavors always find new life and expression. Here’s a look at what Plano catering has to offer.

N’Croix Catering (6900 Alma Dr.)

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N’Croix Catering is the bustling business helmed by private chef Jared Pierre (also known as Jared Pierre Private Chef and Catering). Known as much for his eclectic breakfast dishes like Not Your Average Steak and Potatoes, the Seafood Omelette, and White Peach French Toast, N’Croix Catering also captures the range of American flavors in foods served later in the day. Hennessy Glazed Chicken on top of a Sweet Potato Waffle easily bridges breakfast and lunch. And the Stuffed Pork Chop makes a hearty entree. An AntiPasti Platter with in-season cheeses and charcuterie is popular for its broad appeal, while calamari or Sriracha Meatball Skewers make fun appetizers.

Amazing Caterers - Roasted Pork Loin

Amazing Caterers (5900 Baywater Dr.)

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The classic Get Down to Business breakfast at this Plano caterer of scrambled eggs with breakfast meats and assorted danish makes a satisfying start to the day. But Amazing Caterers is more than just breakfast, their hot entrees should not be missed. Roasted Pork Loin with Rosemary Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli and Bruschetta Chicken with Pasta Marinara and Herb-Roasted Brussels Sprouts get plenty of love. And the Southwestern flavors found in Southwestern Chicken over Mexican Rice with Sautéed Garlic Green Beans is one of their most popular dishes. Order it as part of the Southwestern Special catering package, which adds in a salad, rolls, and triple-fudge brownies.

Teriyaki Madness - Chicken Teriyaki

Teriyaki Madness (8448 Parkwood Blvd.)

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The best restaurant in Plano is not going to focus on a single dish. But at Teriyaki Madness, the sauce — teriyaki, that is — is the thing. The popular Teriyaki Bar offers two entrees. You can choose from the Chicken Teriyaki, Beef Teriyaki, and Orange Chicken. But an order of Spicy Chicken Teriyaki with Yakisoba Beef or Tofu pleases a range of tastes, from vegetarians to chile-heads. The Mixed Appetizer Tray covers all the bases, too. It comes with Chicken Egg Rolls, Chicken Potstickers, Edamame, and Crab Rangoon.

Jimmy's Egg - Catering Classic Combo

Jimmy’s Egg (8900 Ohio Dr.)

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Jimmy’s Egg brings passion for breakfast to the Plano catering scene. They’re known for their smooth, mellow coffee, which you can order by the gallon. Try it with their Classic Combo breakfast of scrambled eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, home fries, and your choice of breakfast meat for a catering order that never goes out of style. The Plano caterer’s cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing also make a great partner to their delicious coffee, or try the Chef Salad, which is a perennial lunchtime favorite.

Boston Market Catering

Boston Market (6917 Independence Pkwy.)

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Whether you’re ordering for a big meeting or a small gathering, the best restaurant in Plano knows how to serve up meals for your entire crew. Boston Market is known for their Rotisserie Chicken, their most popular entree, followed by the Roasted Turkey. For a hearty meal, add on side orders of Mac & Cheese or Mashed Potatoes & Gravy. But a side salad, like the hearty Southwest Santa Fe, makes a meal unto itself if you’re looking for lighter or less meaty fare.

Cafe Izmir (1921 Preston Rd.)

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The flavors of the eastern Mediterranean define the cuisine at Cafe Izmir. The recipes are based on traditional family recipes. Hummus is a go-to order from this caterer, but to spice things up a bit order the Beef Pirashki stuffed with seasoned beef and goat cheese or Russian Chicken Salad. The popular Chicken Kabobs package includes seasoned, grilled chicken, Greek salad, and pita, rounded out with a creamy dip. Falafel gets a similar treatment and offer a great vegetarian alternative. But the Dessert Platter, with baklava, Greek cookies, and Izmir brownies, makes a fun change of pace.

Foomanchew (2011 W Spring Creek Pkwy.)

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Foomanchew’s Chinese doughnuts are an unexpected addition to the Plano catering scene. And they’re an example of the fun Asian flavors that have ignited interest in Asian flavors in greater Plano. The popular dessert is certain to spark conversation from anyone who expects the usual fortune-stuffed cookies with their Chinese food. But it is the popular entrees like Shrimp with Mixed Vegetables and Beef with Broccoli that bring customers back time and again.

Costa Vida Catering

Costa Vida (8315 Preston Rd.)

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Fresh Mexican is the calling card at Costa Vida, and their taco bar should not be missed. Choose Sweet Pork, Grilled Chicken, or Shredded Beef and pair it with a choice of Pinto, Black, or Refried Beans. It comes with Cilantro Rice, tortillas, and shredded cheese. But don’t forget to leave room for dessert. The decadent Key Lime Pie completes the meal in piquant, but creamy style.

Marco's Pizza

Marco’s Pizza (900 W Parker Rd.)

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When looking for the best restaurant in Plano, it’s always good to try out pizza restaurants. And Marco’s Pizza recently earned the title of America’s Favorite Pizza Company, according to a 2017 Market Force survey. Of course Cheese Pizza  never goes out of style, but for something new try the Garden or Chicken Fresco pies. The Chef’s Salad, with ham, turkey, and provolone, or the crunchy and flavorful Chicken Caesar Salad are meals unto themselves.

Penn Station East Coast Subs (8400 Preston Rd.)

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Sub sandwiches anchor the menu at Penn Station East Coast Cubs. It’s a mainstay of Plano catering with selections abound. Chicken Parmesan or a Reuben make a case for why hot sandwiches should be on everyone’s catering menu. And lighter options like the Grilled Artichoke or Vegetarian will appeal to any Dagwood in need of a satisfying sandwich without meat. French fries, cooked in peanut oil, are always a popular side.

Key Takeaways
  • Plano catering includes familiar flavors like teriyaki and sandwiches. But unique dishes from any go-to restaurant make a fun change of pace.
  • Great coffee from Jimmy’s Egg and new takes on the breakfast bar from N’Croix Catering keep things interesting in Plano.
  • Asian and Middle Eastern flavors are here to stay and local caterers are presenting fun desserts, like Chinese doughnuts and Greek baklava to stand out from the crowd.

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Written by:

Christina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a San Francisco-based writer, epicurean adventurer, and culinary sleuth. Find her at http://christinamueller.com and follow her on Instagram @EatDrinkThink and Twitter @EatDrinkThink.

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