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Schaumburg is not just a suburban offshoot of food-forward Chicago. This mighty center hosts Legoland, the Ned Brown Preserve, and the expansive Woodfield Mall — the largest in Illinois at 2.2 million square feet, and one of the most massive in the U.S. overall. According to Eater, some of the best restaurants in Schaumburg will soon be making their way to Woodfield in an upcoming facelift to the center, which will make Schaumburg even more of a destination in the near future. But, you won’t have to wait until then to get in on the eats. Take a look at these nine Schaumburg catering restaurants that are nailing classic cuisine, leading current food trends, and delivering comfort food that combines the two.

P.F. Chang’s (Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg)

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P.F. Changs

P.F. Chang’s has satisfied your craving for casual Asian cuisine since 1993. And there’s no better restaurant in the Schaumburg catering scene quite like this. With such a massive menu, they truly aim to please. Go for a la carte group options like classic chicken in sweet and sour, orange peel, or sesame sauce. Or, you can’t go wrong with the Mongolian beef, wok-fired filet mignon, Kung Pao shrimp, pad Thai, or sushi rolls. (For good measure, you might as well try them all.) Separate menus plentifully feed any vegetarian or gluten-free eaters. And if you want plenty of everything, catering packages offer mix-and-match feasts to feed a happy crowd.

Boston Market (W. Golf Rd, Schaumburg)

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Boston Marketing Boston Basic Chicken Buffet

Chances are if you’re in Schaumburg, it’s cold — or at least chilly. And so the best restaurants in Schaumburg know how to keep you toasty and warm with the best of comfort foods. And what’s more comforting than the menu at Boston Market? Their roasted chicken and turkey comes delivered buffet-style for feasting or layered on sandwich platters and boxed lunches. Beloved sides like sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac and cheese, and cinnamon stewed apples are flavor without fuss. Do you need more comfort? There’s meatloaf and chicken pot pie, too. Finish with a massive brownie that feeds eight (or four really serious chocoholics), slices of apple pie and cake, and chocolate vegetarian chunk cookies. It won’t take long for you to forget all about the cold.

Roti Modern Mediterranean (N Meacham Rd, Schaumburg)

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Roti Mediterranean Grill Catering

Roti Modern Mediterranean knows the best restaurants in Schaumburg have to thrill. So this Greek restaurant delivers the classic chickpea hummus spread three delicious ways: classically seasoned with garlic and tahini, laced with spicy feta cheese, and dotted with Kalamata olives and onions. At the buffet, feast on seared chicken kabob, savory lamb meatballs, tomato and cucumber salad, and their special marinated chicken and steak. Add a Mediterranean chopped salad with couscous, olives, and feta folded into greens, tomatoes, and cucumber. And don’t forget to end the meal with the beloved and luscious dessert tray featuring classic Greek sweets like mini cookies and slices of nut-laced baklava.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop (N Meacham Rd, Schaumburg)

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Potbelly Sandwich Shop

With 400 locations nationwide Potbelly Sandwich Shop has been perfecting the art of sandwiches, soups, and salads since 1977. And it’s Schaumburg catering at its most deliciously efficient. Classic salads combine fresh greens with egg, bacon, a variety of cheese, and veggies to fill and fortify. Hot soups like classic tomato, broccoli cheddar, and garden veggies warm on the coldest day. And sandwich options like roast beef, chicken salad, and smoked ham come in platters for a crowd or nestled in boxes with chips and an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie for individual power lunching.

Papa John’s (E Golf Rd, Schaumburg)

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Papa John's - Johns Favorite Pizza

The country’s third-largest pizza delivery chain knows how to deliver piping hot pizza made from the best ingredients in delicious combinations. Classics like cheese, pepperoni, and sausage satisfy hungry eaters. Or try one of Papa John’s innovative creations, like Chicken Cordon Bleu with spinach alfredo sauce, grilled chicken, Canadian bacon, and sliced onions. Or, you can’t go wrong with the six-cheese Tuscan. Breadsticks come plain, with cheese, or infused with garlic and Parmesan. And for dessert, customer favorite Cinnamon Pull Aparts add sweet cinnamon filling and brown sugar to their chewy original dough.

Granite City Food & Brewery (Plaza Dr, Schaumburg)

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Granite City Food & Brewery Catering

Granite City Food & Brewery is a midwestern favorite that makes buffet-style ordering super easy with packages full of options. The ever-popular Office Bundle matches appetizers, sandwiches, and soups. And the family-style buffets couple pasta with salad and cookies. But when you need to bring some casual vibes to a lunch and learn meeting, look to this Schaumburg catering winner’s Game Pack. Boneless or bone-in wings come with Old Bay dry rub, sweet-spicy mango-habanero, smoky barbecue, and spicy buffalo sauces. Add some cheesy chicken quesadillas, spinach-artichoke dip, chips with queso and salsa, and pretzels with cheese sauce, and your work has just become play.

Sampurna’s Indian Flavor (E Algonquin Rd, Schaumburg)

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The best restaurants in Schaumburg appeal to all palates. And according to Sampurna’s Indian Flavor: “Indian food appeals to all the senses.” For a wildly fragrant and flavorful feast, the fiery Kadai Chicken matches with tomatoes and green chilies with butter naan bread and crispy vegetable samosas. The extensive menu boasts South Indian dosa, too. So crispy rice and lentil crepes stuffed with spiced potatoes are ready to dunk in sweetly creamy shrimp curry with coconut and spice. It’s the warmth of India in the chill of Illinois.

Protein Bar (N Meacham Rd, Schaumburg)

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With health-forward food trends on the rise, the best restaurants in Schaumburg seek to be as good for your body as they are for your palate. Such is the case with Protein Bar. It makes ordering healthful and tasty food easy with a huge menu of wraps, burritos, and bowls that please both vegetarians and meat-eaters, alike. Leading breakfast catering trends, the extensive menu of breakfast bowls, scrambles and “Bar-Ritos” come ready to satisfy. Think: scrambled eggs, roasted vegetables, cheese, and sauces like salsa or pesto in whole wheat and flax tortillas. Lunch Bar-Ritos toss all-natural chicken into the mix, along with options like avocado, zesty cilantro-lime dressing, roasted corn, and kale slaw. And if you’re worried eating healthy means denying your team sweets, never fear. You don’t sacrifice flavor with the gluten-free, high-protein brownies and cookies on the menu.

Meatheads (N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg)

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Meatheads Schaumburg catering

Meatheads believes that the best Schaumburg catering meals are simple. They require good ingredients, trusted recipes, and amazing service. And so that’s what they deliver. Their 100 percent certified angus-beef burgers, crispy or grilled chicken sandwiches, and foot long 100 percent Vienna beef hot dogs come in buffet bars with all the trimmings and options of gluten-free buns or lettuce wraps. Add sides of their beloved chopped wedge salad, teeming with tomatoes, onions, and bleu cheese crumbles. Add some homemade cajun chips, and a few dozen of their all-natural key lime sugar, triple-chocolate, and chocolate chip and sea salt caramel cookies, and you’ll believe in the simplicity of the best restaurants in Schaumburg, too.

Key Takeaways
  • When it’s cold, Schaumburg catering restaurants comfort with buffets of American, Asian, and Italian feasts.
  • Keeping up with current health trends, look to the Protein Bar for breakfast and lunch options that fuel body and palate alike.
  • The best restaurants in Schaumburg know efficiency and presentation are important, and they deliver them along with tasty food.

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Written by:

Jacqueline Raposo

Jacqueline Raposo is a food writer and podcast producer based out of New York City. She has written features and columns for clients including Saveur magazine, Plate magazine, Tasting Table, Serious Eats, and The Village Voice, and produced audio stories for Heritage Radio Network and Live from Prince Street. When not reporting about or eating food, you can find her in Riverside Park with her dog, Mitra, working off the prosciutto.

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