Best of ezCater: Top Boston Caterers for 2020
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The Boston food selection is sizzling as restaurateurs are branching out beyond steakhouses, lobster rolls, and clam chowder. And while Italian pastas and pizzas continue to remain a pillar of Beantown’s restaurant and catering scene, there’s also a huge selection when it comes to Mexican, Mediterranean, and even Vietnamese food. This list of the best Boston caterers will help you sort through all of this city’s many choices for catering.
Best in Boston
1. Shawarma Falafel (26 Province St., Boston)
For the best creamy hummus and crunchy falafel this side of Beirut, you can’t go wrong with this Downtown Crossing caterer.
2. Avellino’s Restaurant (313 Mystic Ave., Medford)
Find sizable portions of Italian cuisine and pizza, as well as lots of choices for the gluten-free and health-conscious, at this Medford restaurant.
3. B.GOOD (84 Summer St., Boston)
Fast food, like a BBQ Chicken Sandwich with a spicy slaw, gets a healthy, farm-to-table makeover thanks to this locally-based chain.
Best for Large Meetings
1. Avellino’s Restaurant (313 Mystic Ave., Medford)
Take the stress out of planning a big event with all-inclusive, mixed grill packages built around steak tips or sausage and peppers, as well as salad, rice, marinated and grilled vegetables, fruit salad, and bread and butter.
2. Donut Villa Diner (1 Highland Ave., Malden)
While this Malden caterer has perfected the donut over its past 40 years in business, customers also rave about the homemade flavor of the macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, and chili.
3. Kane’s Donuts (90 Oliver St., Boston)
Reward the office with a crowd-pleasing breakfast or afternoon snack. These homemade donuts are made with locally milled flour and farm-fresh eggs.
Best for Small Meetings
1. Shawarma Falafel (26 Province St., Boston)
Everyone in the group can choose from the wide selection of individual pita sandwiches like the standard chicken or lamb, as well as halloumi cheese, spicy fish and cauliflower.
2. B.GOOD (84 Summer St., Boston)
Each team member can select a healthy entree like Thai Noodle Salad or an Avocado-Hummus Wrap from this veggie-forward chain.
3. Simple Fare Delicatessen (460 High St., Medford)
Order the Health Smart Sandwich Platter and savor sandwiches stuffed with roast turkey and perfectly seasoned grilled chicken.
Best for High Stakes Meetings
1. Pauli’s North End (65 Salem St., Boston)
Founder Pauli Barker has been in the family food business since he was a kid, so you know you can rely on his Italian meatballs and baked ziti to arrive fresh and on time.
2. Oasis Brazilian Restaurant (373 Main St., Medford)
There’s nothing like a spread of meaty, Brazilian-inspired barbecue accompanied by fresh-baked cheese puffs to impress at an all-important meeting.
3. Clover Food Lab (1075 Cambridge St., Cambridge)
You won’t even miss the meat when you order the Impossible Meatball Sandwich bar from this vegetarian and environmentally-friendly caterer.
Best for Last Minute Orders
1. Max’s Deli Cafe (151 Milk St., Boston)
The generous appetizer platters (like Thai Veggie Spring Rolls) as well as buffet packages designed around sirloin steak, grilled chicken, and Cajun shrimp skewers, will help you get lunch served just under the wire.
2. Cappy’s Pizza & Subs (82 Westland Ave., Boston)
This pizzeria always comes through with the win, providing outstanding pizza, sandwiches, and wraps on time.
3. Thai North (433 Faneuil St., Boston)
You can rely on this Brighton caterer to provide an authentic taste of Thailand with their Jungle Curry, Mango Fried Rice, and Green Papaya Salad.
Best Mexican Catering
1. Boloco (176 Boylston St., Boston)
The burritos and bowls, built around naturally-raised meats and organic tofu, from this local chain can accommodate everyone, whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian.
2. Viva Burrito (66 Staniford St., Boston)
Viva Chef’s Signature Burrito Bowl Bar, which arrives with your choice of steak, carnitas, grilled Cajun chicken, or grilled veggies, is a feast for both the eyes and the stomach.
3. Boca Grande Taqueria (149 First St., Cambridge)
This Cambridge spot takes pride in rejecting canned, frozen, and processed foods in favor of fresh ingredients for use in their burritos, enchiladas, and tamales.
Best Sandwich Catering
1. SA PA | Vietnamese Kitchen (92 Bedford St., Boston)
For a breath of fresh air, order a round of banh mi from this fast-casual Vietnamese spot with fillings such as slow-braised beef, BBQ pulled pork, ginger-curry chicken, and marinated tofu.
2. Cafe de Boston (75 Federal St., Boston)
Even the gluten-free can partake in sandwiches like Sriracha Turkey, Caprese, and Basil Chicken, from this Downtown Crossing caterer.
3. La Cascia’s Bakery, Deli & Catering (418 Main St., Medford)
You won’t be disappointed when you order a sandwich tray piled high with Prosciutto & Fresh Mozzarella, Corned Beef, and Honey Maple Turkey from this 75-year-old bakery in Medford.
Best Italian Catering
1. Bertucci’s (799 Main St., Cambridge)
The flickering flames inside Bertucci’s famous brick oven are the secret behind its flavorful pizzas and pasta dishes like Lasagna Rustica and Tortellini Alfredo.
2. Hearth Pizzeria (974 Great Plain Ave., Needham)
Owner and chef Ivan Millan-Pulecio is renowned for his innovative topping combinations like roasted zucchini with garlic oil, bacon, and blue cheese, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free pies.
3. Sonny Noto’s (49 Water St., Wakefield)
Customers clamor for this Wakefield caterer’s sizzling Steak Tips, crispy Chicken Piccata, and bubbling Eggplant Parmesan.
Best Mediterranean Catering
1. Flame Cafe & Catering (222 Arsenal St., Watertown)
Juicy chicken kebabs and tender gyro meat are the specialties at this Watertown caterer, but don’t overlook the Greek salad, fresh hummus, and tender chicken and beef kebabs that are also full of flavor.
2. Noon Mediterranean (95 Summer St., Boston)
This fast-casual Mediterranean spot differentiates itself with a build-your-own-bowl buffet complete with proteins like chicken, falafel, and braised beef, vibrant pickled vegetables, and savory sauces.
3. Phinix Mediterranean Kitchen (840 Winter St., Waltham)
Although there’s no added sugar anywhere on the menu, the juicy chicken, gluten-free falafel, and homemade hummus are still bursting with flavor.
Best Breakfast Catering
1. Bailey & Sage (103 State St., Boston)
Take breakfast up a notch with a platter of Egg Wrapinis (griddled tortillas wrapped around freshly scrambled eggs, melted cheese, and your choice of bacon, ham, or veggies) from this State Street sandwich spot.
2. Max’s Deli Cafe (151 Milk St., Boston)
The Bagel Breakfast Tray, complete with assorted bagels, cream cheeses, and spreads, from this New York-style deli will transport you to Manhattan.
3. Cricket Cafe & Catering (1075 Main St., Waltham)
Mix it up in the morning with Mason Jar Overnight Oats and Mini Quiches to complement a continental breakfast spread.
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.
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