Best of ezCater: Top Austin Caterers for 2020
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This city deep in the heart of Texas knows its Tex Mex from its Mexican, its donuts from its kolaches, and doesn’t mind if it all comes from the same spot. This is Texas, after all, where the smiles are big and the appetites are bigger. No matter what kind of eats your group needs, Austin’s delicious catering has it covered.
Best in Austin
1. Corporate Caterers (9003 Waterford Centre Blvd., Austin)
From the Fiesta Taco Bar to the Lemon Herb Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan, this caterer is known for its wide variety of offerings and respected for beautiful presentations of their flavorful meals.
2. Newk’s Eatery (408 Congress Ave., Austin)
Yes, the sandwiches are epic (look for the Royal Sandwich with salami, ham, turkey, and roast beef on the Deluxe Sandwich Box Lunch), but people go out of their way to order the cookie called the Big Crispy- it’s that good.
3. Z’Tejas (9400 Arboretum Blvd., Austin)
The Fajitas are the go-to for most as they include a choice of chicken, steak, or shrimp (or a combo) and all the fixings, including guacamole, pico de gallo, and tortillas. Fresh Guacamole and Chips with any order is a must.
Best for Large Meetings
1. Happy Chicks (214 E 6th St., Austin)
Of course you are getting the chicken. The 25-Tender Bender has the original fried, grilled, and even a vegan version of chicken along with a bevy of sauces (blue cheese is classic but buffalo ranch is very 2020).
2. Which Wich (259 W 3rd St, Austin)
With high marks for accuracy, especially for those orders with special dietary requests, this caterer is a go-to for many. Its Classic Easy Meal includes a choice of sandwiches, salads, chips, cookies, and drinks.
3. Shipley Do-Nuts (1045 Norwood Park Blvd., Austin)
A Box of Coffee and a Mixed Doughnuts Package is a quick and reliable breakfast order. Try the Sausage Cheese Kolaches with a Box of Coffee to add just the right touch of local flavor to a morning meeting with clients.
Best for Small Meetings
1. Newk’s Eatery (9722 Great Hills Trl., Austin)
The Deluxe Sandwich Boxed Lunch is popular for small groups because of the classic flavors (like the Newk’s Club and Turkey Avocado). Each includes chips, pasta salad, fruit, and dessert (a brownie or Rice Krispie treat).
2. Which Wich (2348 Guadalupe St., Austin)
The Classic Box Lunch serves up fun flavors like a Caprese with tomato, mozzarella, and pesto. Meanwhile, for no carb days, the Chef Salad puts aside the bread and adds the oven-roasted turkey, thinly-sliced ham, cheddar, and provolone onto the greens.
3. Modern Market (9828 Great Hills Trl., Austin)
The updated salads (check out the Harvest Cobb with green apple, shaved Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, and pomegranate seeds) are a run-away hit. These well-balanced portions will leave a healthful glow.
Best for High Stakes Meetings
1. Corporate Caterers (9003 Waterford Centre Blvd., Austin)
Known for its wide array of food choices from appetizers like The Party Nibbler to entrees with global flavors like Sweet & Sour Chicken, this caterer earns applause for appealing presentations and on-time performance.
2. Bo Asian Bistro (2711 La Frontera Blvd., Round Rock)
Asian comfort food like Pork Dumplings and General Tso’s Chicken add a note of familiar calm when the day’s activities have everyone a little stressed out. And the Chocolate Cheesecake is the perfect finish.
3. Bamboo Bistro (11101 Burnet Rd., Austin)
This caterer worries about special diets so you don’t have to. On the Gluten-free Mandarin Broccoli Entrée (or countless other gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian choices), pick a protein like chicken, tofu, or beef seasoned with garlic-soy dressing.
Best for Last Minute Orders
1. Which Wich (1701 W Parmer Ln., Austin)
This menu of American favorites keeps the decision-making to a minimum, a boon for last-minute orders. Try the Fruit & Cheese Tray and the Wrap Wich Tray, then top it off with a platter of toffee-infused cookies.
2. Pelons Tex-Mex (802 Red River St., Austin)
Fajitas may be the ultimate dish in the Tex-Mex cannon and it is the go-to order here. Of course, the grilled bell peppers and onions are included, but so is the house made guacamole, making this chicken dinner a winner every time.
3. Tex-Mex Joe’s (7600 N Lamar Blvd., Austin)
Breakfast Tacos spice up any morning, especially when you can choose up to three fillings like nopalitos (cactus stems), poblano peppers, and chorizo in addition to the usual egg and cheese.
Best Mexican Catering
1. Z’Tejas (9400 Arboretum Blvd., Austin)
Sure, it’s really more Southwestern than Mexican food but who is going to quibble when the flavors are this good? Kudos to the Enchiladas, both Mushroom and Chicken, for that killer roasted guajillo enchilada sauce.
2. Kesos Tacos (600 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Austin)
The Build-Your-Own-Taco-Bar is the order everyone is talking about. Those in the know also say to make sure to order the Triple Dips and Chips Bar to get chips, queso, and guacamole. Don’t forget Kesos’ three famous salsas– avocado, roasted red, and jalapeño.
3. ZuZu Handmade Mexican Food (5770 MoPac Expy., Austin)
Start them off with the Chips & Queso and Chips & Guacamole. Rave reviews roll in for the rice and beans which can be ordered à la carte but are also included with the Zuzu Mixed Fajitas and the Zuzu Taco Bar.
Best Sandwich Catering
1. Which Wich (302A University Dr., San Marcos)
There’s something wonderfully comforting about a favorite sandwich with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and mustard. This one not only has a cheese option but arrives with a side of chips and a cookie infused with M&M’s and chocolate morsels.
2. Fricano’s Deli & Catering (2405 Nueces St., Austin)
This caterer layers big flavor into all of its sandwiches. Try the Cajun Turkey Sandwich in a Sack or a Box with its pepper jack cheese, jalapeño spread, and jalapeños on sourdough bread for a lunch everyone will be chattering about all afternoon.
3. Corner Bakery Cafe (9761 Great Hills Trl., Austin)
Add variety to that sandwich order with the Corner Classic Combo w/ Mini Sandwich Basket. Mini Roast Beef or Tomato Mozzarella Sandwiches are paired with two sides like an Asian Edamame Salad with carrots and cucumbers or a Shrimp Power Caesar.
Best Italian Catering
1. Macaroni Grill (9828 Great Hills Trl., Austin)
Adding protein like chicken, Italian sausage, or meatballs to the Create-Your-Own-Pasta-Bar means the carb-lovers get their spaghetti and the keto-eaters can jump on the two included vegetables. Everyone else can eat pasta their way, too, without the fuss.
2. Villa Italian Kitchen (2901 Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin)
Ordering Italian doesn’t get any easier than the Villa Italian Package with Entrée. Favorites like Chicken Alfredo, Chicken Parmesan, and Italian Sausage and Peppers are packaged with a green salad and the ever-popular garlic roll.
3. Pizza Day (10225 Research Blvd., Austin)
Insiders swear that all the pizzas are great and can be ordered with the gluten-free crust. The big money is on the Alfredo Curry Paneer Pizza (with soft Indian-style cheese) or the Ultimeat. The Cheesy Garlic Knots are also a favorite.
Best Mediterranean Catering
1. The Simple Greek (3200 Greenlawn Blvd., Round Rock)
Everything is available à la carte but Yia Yia’s House Party Package has it all– the pilaf, the lentils, the lamb and beef gyro, the hummus and pita. Be sure to try the stand-out garlic green beans and don’t forget the Baklava.
2. PitaLicious (4101 W Parmer Ln., Austin)
The Deluxe Package is popular for a reason– it includes two entrees (falafel, kafta kabob or lamb gyro) and sides like vegetarian dolmas and baba ghannoush. Plus there’s enough rice, pita, and sauces to bring all the flavors together exactly the way your crew likes it.
3. Arpeggio Grill (6619 Airport Blvd., Austin)
Pair a Cheese Pizza with a Vegan Appetizer Sampler (which includes hummus, baba ghannoush, tabouleh, fattoush, dolma, falafel, and pita) and satisfy everyone with a simple Friday lunch that just got that much easier.
Best Breakfast Catering
1. Paco’s Tacos (1304 E 51st St., Austin)
Because you know there is more to breakfast than just eggs, the 3-Item Breakfast Tacos give you a choice of fillings like tempeh, chorizo, potato, and avocado. An order of a Box of Coffee makes a fair accompaniment on any given morning.
2. Austin Java (301 W 2nd St., Austin)
If the classic, home-style Buttermilk Biscuits & Gravy don’t have your attention, perhaps the Cinnamon Rolls or fresh Avocado Toast with crispy Bacon will do the trick. Pair either with a Gallon of Coffee, of course.
3. Morning Sunshine Breakfast Treats (115 S Lakeline Blvd., Cedar Park)
Should you have the Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Tray or the Breakfast Taco Tray with the Box of Coffee? Both are crowd-pleasers in the best way. Order the Fresh Fruit Tray (serves 12) to complete the meal.
The Best of ezCater Awards recognize top performing ezCater catering partners in 25 cities across the US. Selection criteria include catering performance over the past 12 months, customer reviews and ratings, and adherence to ezCater editorial guidelines. All winners must have a location in the 25 designated metro areas.
“Comfort food” is baked into Austin’s food scene, so try some for your next meeting.