Best of ezCater: Top Charlotte Caterers for 2020
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From the Blue Ridge to the blue Atlantic, there is great food across North Carolina. Restaurants know to serve up generous helpings of southern comfort, but Charlotte catering includes much more than regional standards. Dig in on great sandwiches, fresh Mexican, Italian, salads, and kebabs every way you like them. No matter what your team is craving, Charlotte’s got it. Here are the best caterers serving Charlotte.
Best in Charlotte
1. Corporate Caterers (1544 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd., Matthews)
This caterer gets high marks for fresh pastries in the Premium Boardroom Continental and Premium Corporate Egg Scrambler. For lunch, try the juicy chicken in the Premium Chicken & Steak Fajita Combo. No matter what you order, it will be delivered in a beautiful presentation.
2. Just Fresh (440 S Church St., Charlotte)
Swapping out the chips and cookie for fruit or pea salad means The Box Lunch from this caterer is never boring. Regulars insist that the breakfast burrito known as the Five Pointers Wrap (with scrambled eggs, cheese, applewood smoked bacon, green peppers, and tomatoes) is not to be missed.
3. Anntony’s Caribbean Cafe (2001 E 7th St., Charlotte)
Change out your regular chicken order with this caterer’s well-regarded Boneless Chicken Breast and Pork Ribs. These and other dishes are available gluten-free along with a slate of vegetarian options, like Peas & Rice, Rasta Pasta, and the Vegetable Plate, which will satisfy those who seek a meat-free meal.
Best for Large Meetings
1. Chef’s Kitchen Charlotte (1422 Winnifred St., Charlotte)
Catering Packages such as the Beef Medallions, come with veggies (garlic mashed potatoes and salad) and your choice of sweet iced tea or lemonade and feed a minimum of 10 people. Colorful appetizer trays, like the Crudite w/ Hummus Platter or a Pimento Cheese Snack Tray, easily scale up to feed a crowd.
2. Jersey Mike’s Subs (2001 E 7th St., Charlotte)
Subs by the Box is popular with groups for the classic American flavors (Club Sub, Tuna Sub) with just the right touch of Jersey flavor (oregano and onions) to make this a special sandwich order.
3. Pollo Campero (6124 South Blvd., Charlotte)
With their famous chicken available everywhere on the menu, the 2-Piece Chicken Boxed Lunch (feeds a minimum of 10) is a fun way to explore this caterer’s flavors. Choose sides like coleslaw, beans and a tortilla or roll. The Crispy Fried Chicken is a favorite but the Citrus Grilled Chicken is so flavorful and juicy, it might change your mind.
Best for Small Meetings
1. Bedder Bedder and Moore Catering (3501 S Tryon St., Charlotte)
Stay in familiar territory with a Chicken Garden Wrap or Chicken Caesar Salad in The Healthy Deluxe Boxed Lunch. And on those days when going beyond the box seems right, try the Quesadilla Bar with beef and chicken quesadillas and all the fixings.
2. HoneyBaked Ham (20609 Torrence Chapel Rd., Cornelius)
For a fresh outlook, check out the veggie options, like a Roasted Tomato & Cheddar Sandwich or a Veggie Cobb Salad piled high with hard-boiled egg, roasted tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette. Or stick with the tried and true Signature Sandwich Boxed Lunch with a Ham Classic, Deep River kettle chips, and a cookie.
3. Just Fresh (301 S Tryon St., Charlotte)
Regulars love the Fresh Fruit Salad with in-season fruits. It is a nice addition to the Sonoran Quinoa Bowl with Cajun chicken breast, black beans, avocado, red onions, tomatoes, and a cilantro-lime vinaigrette that brings it all together.
Best for High Stakes Meetings
1. Just Fresh (440 S Church St., Charlotte)
On-time delivery and fun breakfast choices are cited time and again by fans of this caterer. The breakfast burritos, like a Sausage Cheddar Wrap with soft scrambled eggs is served hot, a boon for chilly mornings.
2. Which Wich (16620 Cranlyn Rd., Huntersville)
Should your pre-lunch meeting run long, the sandwiches (Buffalo Chicken, Italian Grinder) on the Signature Wich Tray will still be fresh and the oven-roasted turkey and ham on the Chef Salad with ranch or balsamic vinaigrette dressing on the side will stay bright and appealing.
3. Chef’s Kitchen Charlotte (9545 Pinnacle Dr., Charlotte)
Feeling fancy? Try the Filet Platter for a complete meal of thinly sliced filet mignon, roasted asparagus, red peppers, and horseradish cream sauce. Sides of Mac & Cheese and Southern Green Beans make this beefy meal friendlier for vegetarians.
Best for Last Minute Orders
1. Which Wich (101 S Tryon St., Charlotte)
The Deluxe “Easy” Meal carries that moniker for a reason — the included Wich tray of your choice, salad, deli pasta salad, chips, dessert, and drink make the entire ordering and delivery experience quick and painless.
2. HoneyBaked Ham (1867-a Remount Rd., Gastonia)
Dependability is practically this caterer’s middle name, relied on by fans for their quick-turn orders of irresistible Broccoli Bacon Bliss Salad and Signature Meat Trays with HoneyBaked ham and smoked and roasted turkey breast.
3. Sticky Fingers (8021 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord)
Delicious sides like Seasoned Collards, Mac & Cheese, and Sweet Potato Casserole are a big reason this barbecue favorite is so popular. The Mini BBQ Pork Sandwiches and big plates of Hickory Smoked Chicken Wings with celery and plenty of fun sauces for dipping is a winner every time.
Best Mexican Catering
1. Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill (5920 Highland Shoppes Dr., Charlotte)
The Hand-Smashed Guacamole is popular as a side dish, perfect to serve with seasoned tortilla chips. For something more substantial, dig into the Taco Salad Bar. Pile up your plate with a crunchy bowl layered with grilled chicken, ground beef, your choice of beans, fixings, and three house-made salsas to bring it all together.
2. On the Border (10710 Providence Rd., Charlotte)
Shake up your Mexican meal with the cross-border style of the Tour of Mexico buffet. Not only does it feature mini brisket burritos, cheese and onion enchiladas, and mesquite-grilled chicken fajitas, it’s got guacamole, sides of beans and green salad, chips, salsa, sopapillas with chocolate sauce & honey for dessert.
3. Qdoba (127 N Tryon St., Charlotte)
The Box Lunch is favored for the burrito stuffed with grilled chicken, steak, or veggies and great pops of flavor from the cilantro-lime rice, black beans, and cheese. Salsa and homemade tortilla chips come on the side so all that’s left to do is figure out if the included chocolate chip cookie or double-chocolate brownie is the perfect dessert to end this Cal-Mex experience.
Best Sandwich Catering
1. Corporate Caterers (1544 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd., Matthews)
Bread can make or break a sandwich and The Premium Assorted Focaccia Sandwiches (grilled chicken, tuna salad) are dressed for a party with Italian-style bread and colorful accompaniments. Plus it arrives with funky tropical chips and a marinated cucumber salad that is loaded with personality.
2. HoneyBaked Ham (303 E Woodlawn Rd., Charlotte)
Serving crowds large and small, The Sandwich Builder Buffet makes it easy to build a sky-high sandwich with this caterer’s signature ham, smoked turkey, or roasted turkey. Smaller appetites can choose just a slice of meat, add only cheese, lettuce and tomato, or skip the bread altogether and compose a simple salad.
3. Sunflour Baking Company (220 East Blvd., Charlotte)
Shout out for the Sandwich Box Lunch, especially the turkey, bacon, avocado with basil aioli that tastes just like summer. Select fruit or chips on the side and a cookie, like the dark chocolate Fleur de Sel cookie or the Vegan Chocolate Chip.
Best Italian Catering
1. Pizzeria Omaggio (1055 Metropolitan Ave., Charlotte)
Kick sandwich orders up a notch with these Italian-style beauties (they are said to be legendary). PLT, or smoked pancetta, lettuce, tomatoes, swaps in Italian style bacon and tangy mayonnaise for a re-imagining of the American classic.
2. Buca di Beppo (10915 Carolina Pl Pkwy., Pineville)
This favorite for pans of Fettuccine Alfredo and Lasagna even has family-style salads. Stick with a Caesar and crunch away on the garlic croutons or try the Apple Gorgonzola Salad Pan for the addictive mix of cranberries, spiced walnuts, and vinaigrette dressing.
3. Marco’s Pizza (1423 W Garrison Blvd., Gastonia)
The cheesy goodness of Pepperoni Magnifico Pizza is topped only by the peppery combination of traditional and new style pepperoni on the pie. For large groups, try the Office Superstar Bundle. It includes seven pizzas (including 14 other choices), two cheesy bread trays, two salads (such as Greek or chicken Caesar), and assorted sub sandwiches.
Best Mediterranean Catering
1. Zoes Kitchen (1055 Metropolitan Ave., Charlotte)
This caterer’s large range of gluten-free customizable dishes, like the Cauliflower Rice Bowl, can be made vegetarian or piled with protein toppers like Harissa Salmon or Lamb Kafta.
2. Kid Cashew (1608 East Blvd., Charlotte)
Fans say the World Famous Chicken Avocado Sandwich Platter earned its reputation with delicious chicken and included sides like Sausage & Beans or Brussels Sprouts. Stir up the usual sandwich order with sides of Quinoa Stuffed Avocado and a Super Grain Salad with greens, pistachios, fennel, and orange to add a bit of healthful excitement to your lunch.
3. Pita Pit (214 N Tryon St., Charlotte)
Picky eaters will love the Artisan Pita Tray. It includes meaty favorites like Chicken Pesto, Sriracha Chicken, Baja Chicken Bacon Ranch, Thai Chicken, and Dagwood pitas. Or design an Express Pita Sandwich Box Lunch- it has five vegetarian pitas, including spicy black bean and hummus and feta pita.
Best Breakfast Catering
1. The Andersons (1617 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte)
This family-run, family-style caterer knows its American food, showcased on the inclusive Eggs, Bacon & Sausage w/ Sides and Juice platter. Sides choices include Grits or Hashbrowns and French Toast or Biscuits. Add Coffee and Fruit with one click.
2. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe (1518 E Third St., Charlotte)
Known for their flavorful, overflowing sandwiches and salads, this caterer also puts on quite a breakfast spread. Go for the Original Breakfast Wrap Tray with breakfast meat, provolone, and tomatoes on a jalapeno-cheddar tortilla. Add an order of coffee and you should be all set.
3. Cinnaholic (6461 Old Monroe Rd., Indian Trail)
Treat your team to a decadent breakfast with Instagram-ready frostings, like chai or marshmallow, on top of Cinnaholic’s Baby Buns (mini cinnamon buns). A hot Box of Coffee is just the thing to wash it all down.
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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