It’s your first meal of the day. And you’ve probably heard it’s the most important meal of the day. But is breakfast also your favorite meal of the day? According to the National Restaurant Association, 72 percent of adults wish restaurants would offer breakfast items all day long. That means breakfast is more important than ever. Smart restaurants and caterers are coming up with new and creative breakfast catering ideas and menus. For some inspiration, here are some of the top breakfast trends from around the country.
Tacos are everything these days. And so when it comes to breakfast catering ideas, look for that handheld deliciousness inspired by Mexican cuisine. Breakfast tacos were once a regional specialty found mostly in Texas. But more recently, many restaurants and caterers have caught on from coast to coast. Consider Early Bird Tacos in Daly City, California. The Dirty Bird tacos come filled with eggs, hash browns, and bacon. Or try the Wrangler Breakfast Tacos, which are filled with scrambled eggs, spicy chorizo, and avocado. No matter which you choose, they always come brimming with shredded cheese. Or in Chicago, Jarabe offers tacos that combine eggs with machaca (dried beef with assorted vegetables and spices), adobo chicken, or sauteed mushrooms. Each is topped with your choice of queso fresco, crispy potatoes, guacamole, and more. These are the perfect morning pick-me-up.
It was long ago that Bon Appetit suggested grain bowls for breakfast. And the trend just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Look for more globally themed bowls to pop up using flavors like moringa and berbere. For instance, Vitality Bowls in Indianapolis, Indiana, offers bowls with acai, pitaya, or acerola. You can also find them with soursop, which is typically blended with nut milk, spinach, or kale and fruit to make a thick base. Each bowl comes topped with ingredients like granola, fruit, nuts, or more exotic ingredients like goji berries, bee pollen, mulberries, or chia. The NU Cafe & Juice Bar just outside of Boston caters a Mayan Bowl and a Thai Curry Bowl, that bring organic and healthy flavors in a meal that works at any time of day.
And if you think bowls are full of super flavors, just wait until you try super smoothies as a breakfast catering idea. These are not your grandmother’s smoothies. They’re often made with plant-based, milk alternatives and are filled with superfoods like acai and coconut. In New York, Pure Green offers a Blue Royale Smoothie made with acai, blueberries, almond butter, coconut, whey protein, agave, and almond milk. At Smoothie King Catering in Waldorf, Maryland, you’ll find the Acai Adventure Smoothie that’s also made with apple juice, blueberry juice blend, vanilla protein blend, and turbinado sugar, known for its large crystals and robust smell. The Recharge Smoothie made with coconut yogurt made by Kale Me Crazy is a local favorite in Atlanta.
Middle Eastern foods like falafel and shawarma have already made an impact on lunch and dinner. But it’s about time you also discover Middle Eastern flavors as a breakfast catering idea. Bab Al Hara, just outside of San Diego, caters traditional Middle Eastern fare, like Makhlma. It’s a beef and vegetable stew served with eggs. And it goes perfectly with a nice morning coffee. Another dish to try is shakshouka. It’s poached eggs served in a tomato sauce. You’ll find it at spots like Fattoush Mediterranean Grill in Cary, North Carolina. And of course, hummus is great at any time of day and pairs well with most Middle Eastern dishes.
Find your next great breakfast catering ideas today.