Best of ezCater: Top Denver Caterers for 2020
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Denver’s food scene isn’t just about rocky mountain oysters, an omelet with ham, or steak. It is a town where Italian and barbecue never go out of style and where space has been made in recent years to embrace cuisines from across the US and the globe. Luckily, these amazing eats come ready for your next event or meeting. Here are the best caterers in Denver for breakfast, lunch, and that special in-between time when meetings run late.
Best in Denver
1. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (1509 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood)
Winning over colleagues with dietary restrictions is no easy feat. Yet this caterer’s Vegan Baked Potato Bar will delight the pickiest eaters. For the omnivores at the office, order the Barbecue Buffet, which comes with your choices of two meats and three sides. Consistent food and service made this favorite rise to the top of our list.
2. New York Deli News (7105 East Hampden Ave., Denver)
The Salad Bar is a favorite for its array of vegetables, meats, and dressings. But the Traditional Breakfast has regulars swooning over add-ons like waffles and french toast, and its availability long after early morning.
3. Atlanta Bread Company (351 West 104th Ave., Northglenn)
Kudos roll in for the freshness of the ingredients across the menu. Check them out on The Complete Signature Sandwich Platter. It earns applause for the included two salads, like the Balsamic Bleu and Fire-roasted Black Bean, pickle spears, and sweets.
Best for Large Meetings
1. Pita Pit (1181 W 120th Ave., Westminster)
From an Awakin’ with Bacon pita to a Bacon Cheeseburger pita, the huge array of flavorful stuffed sandwiches on platters, individually wrapped, or boxed to go is a winner for groups.
2. Mellow Mushroom (1201 16th St., Denver)
There are two different crust options, regular and gluten-free, and five meats on the Mighty Meaty Pizza. Salads from this caterer similarly have enough heft to stand on their own so no one needs to be left out.
3. My Favorite Muffin (1750 16th St., Denver)
The gourmet muffins (Cherry Cheesecake, Double Berry Crumb) are a great conversation starter while morning sandwiches like a Morning Classic with eggs and cheese or Breakfast BLT satisfy in a protein-oriented, handheld way.
Best for Small Meetings
1. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (3140 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood)
The Barbecue Buffet includes two meats, like Pulled Pork and Barbecue Honey Ham, plus three sides (think baked potato casserole, coleslaw, and barbecue beans), which makes feeding groups as small as 10 easy.
2. Leven Deli Co. (123 W 12th Ave., Denver)
This caterer serves up fresh ingredients and flavorful sandwiches for a variety of dietary restrictions. Try the Marinated Chickpea Sandwich, made with smashed chickpeas and avocado, tahini, and pickled peppers, or play it safe with Ham & Swiss.
3. ZEPS EPIQ Sandwiches (1147 Broadway, Denver)
The Brown Bag Lunch easily serves small groups with its crave-worthy sandwiches (like the Telluride Turkey Sandwich with bacon-onion jam or the Club Sandwich with sage aioli), and includes a gluten-free bread option, chips or apple-jalapeño slaw, and a cookie.
Best for High Stakes Meetings
1. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (1509 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood)
Reliable delivery, familiar favorites (Caesar Salad and Mac & Cheese), and meal options that carefully consider dietary preferences (especially those of vegetarians) make catering your next meeting easy.
2. Tapestry Mediterranean Catering (2200 S Monaco Pkwy., Denver)
Great service and on-time delivery are matched by flavorful food that suits nearly everyone’s requirements. The Build Your Own Bowl, Gluten-Free Wraps and the Mediterranean Appetizer Party Tray are favorites for a reason– tasty, wide appeal.
3. Which Wich (3970 Buchtel Blvd., Denver)
This caterer is on speed dial for many for its Classic Easy Meal which includes a choice of sandwiches, salads, chips, cookies, and drinks. Repeat customers hand out high marks for accurately building orders with special dietary requests and clearly labeling the packages, simplifying onsite handout.
Best for Last Minute Orders
1. Atlanta Bread Company (351 West 104th Ave., Northglenn)
Noted multiple times for their ability to turn around large orders in just a few hours, this caterer is a stress-reliever for breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Try the signature Chicken Waldorf Sandwich– on Asiago focaccia bread with walnuts and green apples it’s a step beyond ordinary.
2. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (10230 E Arapahoe Rd., Centennial)
This caterer delivers last-minute orders of familiar, comfort food favorites (the Mac & Cheese and Baked Potato Casserole are reason enough to place an order). Try their juicy Texas-style Beef Brisket.
3. Green Leaf’s (1 W Flatiron Crossing Dr., Broomfield)
The Pick & Mix Salad Bar is popular for its wide selection of vegetable toppings and dressings. While the Sandwich Boxed Lunch includes crowd-pleasing favorites like Chicken Avocado and Turkey BLTA wraps with chips and a cookie.
Best Mexican Catering
1. Costa Vida (23870 E Smoky Hill Rd., Aurora)
Don’t struggle over what to order on this focused menu. The Taco Bar includes a choice of meats, salsas, tortillas, and beans- just don’t forget to ask for additional toppings, like guacamole and queso.
2. Urban Sombrero (7340 S Clinton St., Englewood)
The Deluxe Fajita Bar is favored for its juicy, Marinated Grilled Fajita Chicken and Grilled Steak and also for the Grilled Portobello Mushrooms and Grilled Seasoned Shrimp protein choices. Regulars appreciate the vegetable and bean taco option in the Taco Box.
3. Moose Hill Cantina & Catering (11911 W Colfax Ave., Lakewood)
Experience authentic Mexican flavors in the super-fresh guacamole (available as a side order or as part of Guacamole Salad). Or try the Chicken Pineapple Salad. It is a nice change from tacos and a reminder that there is a wide range of Mexican food to try.
Best Sandwich Catering
1. New York Deli News (7105 E Hampden Ave., Denver)
Satisfy both vegetarians and meat eaters with the Breakfast Burrito. Both versions are topped with green chile for added zip. The Meat and Cheese Tray is a perennial favorite for its build-your-own sandwich capabilities with all the fixings.
2. Corporate Caterers (7625 W Hampden Ave., Denver)
The Assorted Corporate Boxed Lunch makes ordering a breeze for groups of all sizes, and for those with specific dietary requirements, with its clear labeling and consistent quality of sandwiches.
3. Smiling Moose Deli (5324 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada)
Who says you need plates? The Hot Breakfast Platter includes sandwiches with bread or wrapped up as a burrito that are easy to hold. Managing gluten-free lunch orders is easy with the The Gluten Free Box Lunch.
Best Italian Catering
1. Macaroni Grill (10411 Town Center Dr., Westminster)
Let guests customize their meal with the Create-Your-Own-Pasta-Bar. It includes two vegetables and two sauces, and you can add protein like chicken, Italian sausage, or meatballs, so vegetarians and meat-eaters will be satisfied.
2. Mici Handcrafted Italian (1531 Stout St., Denver)
Pasta, like the layered Lasagna, and salads like the Insalata di Cesare are fresh and flavorful- the epitome of great Italian food. The Insalata Mista includes zucchini, can be topped with chicken to make it an entree, and includes dressing choices like Ranch and Caesar in addition to Italian and Balsamic.
3. Anthony’s II Italian Food (3901 E 112th Ave., Thornton)
From Thin Crust Cheese to Sicilian-style Deep Dish, pizza is the go-to order here. Serve it with a salad (the Italian is popular and arrives topped with pepperoni) and Chicken Wings with your choice of sauce for a heartier meal.
Best Mediterranean Catering
1. Byblos Café (400 N Corona St., Denver)
The juicy, fragrant grilled Chicken Shawarma is popular à la carte, as a Box Lunch, or in the Chicken Shawarma Sandwich. Pair it with the Byblos Meza Sampler Platter which includes two proteins along with hummus, tzatziki, garlic dip, falafel, dolmas, and rice pilaf to add variety to your order.
2. Saj Mediterranean (2300 S Parker Rd., Aurora)
When you need the perfect meal to feed a crowd after a presentation runs overtime (or anytime), the Beef & Chicken Combo Shawarma includes an array of options that taste great at room temperature like green beans, cabbage salad, and hummus.
3. Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe (6345 E Hampden Ave., Denver)
Juicy meats and soft pita is the one-two combo customers rave about. Try it with the Grilled Chicken Sandwich Box or the Build-Your-Own Beef Gyro Bar which also includes addictive griddled onions, green toppings, and a choice of side dishes.
Best Breakfast Catering
1. Strawberries Catering (3535 S Platte River Dr., Sheridan)
Breakfast Burritos with real green chile is a high note for many. The extensive morning options include Baked French Toast and an Avocado Toast Bar. But the Strawberries Denver Bake, with or without the crust, and an order of Coffee is a local favorite.
2. Pour la France! Catering (1170 S Kalamath St., Denver)
Order it all with the Smorgasbord Breakfast, which includes your choice of five entrees like Biscuits with Sausage Gravy and Waffle with Syrup. The Stuffed Croissants are buttery and flaky, while the Belgian Waffle Bar includes fresh berries and nuts. Add a fresh Box of Coffee and your breakfast order is done.
3. Winchell’s Donut House (1301 S Broadway, Denver)
Homey American flavors are the name of the game here. The Breakfast Sandwich Tray serves up eggy delights with or without ham and cheese on bagels and croissants. Or give the crew an order of a Dozen Fancy Donuts and choose fun flavors like Eclair Maple, Pineapple Fritter, and Butterfly Chocolate.
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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