Best of ezCater: Top Los Angeles Caterers for 2020
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From food trucks to fine dining, there is no shortage of great food in Los Angeles. With the wide availability of regional cuisines, like northern Thai or Sonoran-style Mexican, and the sheer number of places that serve Hawaiian style barbecue, LA has a lot to brag about. And that applies not just to the restaurant scene, but also the catering. So to help you navigate all these options, we’ve compiled the below list of the best Los Angeles caterers so you can feed your team hassle-free.
Best in Los Angeles
1. Original Kabob Factory (1700 W Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale)
The seasoned tender Chicken Breast Kabobs are deliciously crave-worthy. Paired with Tabouleh Salad, fluffy Lavash Flatbread and fragrant basmati rice this order becomes a decadent meal.
2. Rutts Cafe and Catering (11711 Washington Pl., Los Angeles)
The French Toast made with Hawaiian sweet bread and fresh eggs is well-loved but the lunch packages are equally popular. Just like a traditional Hawaiian plate lunch, they come piled high with Hawaiian BBQ chicken, kalua pork, rice, green salad, and macaroni salad.
3. Almaza Fine Mediterranean Cuisine (8905 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles)
The notoriously succulent spit-roasted meats, like Chicken Kabob and Chicken Shawarma are insanely popular. Meanwhile, the Falafel and Greek Salad with feta and olives have broad appeal for vegetarians.
Best for Large Meetings
1. Rutts Cafe and Catering (11711 Washington Pl., Los Angeles)
It’s always family-style in Hawaii, so scaling up to accommodate your group is no problem for this island-inspired favorite, where eggs, French toast, and bacon are all included in the Breakfast Combo packages.
2. Emporium Thai (1275 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles)
Packages, like the popular Santa Monica, are designed to feed a crowd. Consider eggy Pad Thai, Pad Broccoli, coconut-scented Southern curry, or eggplant with basil and Thai chili along with fragrant jasmine rice.
3. Grandma’s House (3748 W El Segundo Blvd., Hawthorne)
The American flavors are deep and true (the slow-cooked BBQ Brisket is a knock-out). From the Create-Your-Own Fritatta to the Cranberry & Candied Walnut Salad, Vegetarian Chili, and Hamburger Bar (with veggies and all the fixings), there are plenty of options for a large group.
Best for Small Meetings
1. Original Kabob Factory (1700 W Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale)
The Create-Your-Combo Plates offer a customized eating experience for smaller groups (the Lamb Chops and Beef Louleh Kabob are favorites) and you can add as many veggie sides as you want— including grilled eggplant, hummus, and stuffed grape leaves.
2. Almaza Fine Mediterranean Cuisine (8905 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles)
The flavorful, spit-roasted meats (think Chicken Shawarma and Beef Kabob) are piled high on sandwiches, with bread as a perfect foil to absorb the meaty juices and make the meal even more flavorful.
3. The Pizza Press (5077 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood)
The individually-sized, thin crust pizzas make a satisfying mid-day meal without leaving you sleepy from carb overload. The extensive veggie, meat, and finishing touch options (like a drizzle of basil pesto or ranch dressing), add a dash of sophistication.
Best for High Stakes Meetings
1. JeJe Mediterranean Grill (5230 Lankershim Blvd., Los Angeles)
Choose the Super Plate Boxed Lunch and everyone can select their own protein (the Beef Gyros is especially popular) and have enough veggies, falafel and baklava, too. The Mediterranean Platter leaves a delicious impression as an appetizer or as a break between meetings.
2. Green Olive Cuisine (855 W Victoria St., Compton)
Check out the Mediterranean Feast— the shrimp and salmon kabobs earn rave reviews. But the must-order dish is the Spicy Potatoes with cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, jalapeño, and olive oil.
3. Viztango Café (3017 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles)
The Chicken Marsala and Farfalle Pesto with sun-dried tomatoes and pesto cream sauce earn high praise for its great flavor in the Chicken, Pasta, and Salad Package menu.
Best for Last Minute Orders
1. El Bukanas (1115 Washington Blvd., Montebello)
The spit-roasted al pastor tacos with pineapple on the Regular Taco Tray are crowd-pleasers any day. The Ceviche Tray with shrimp, vegetables, or fish gets kudos for freshness (try the lilikoi style with passion fruit and mango).
2. Gaby’s on Venice (10445 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles)
The Chicken Package with hummus, falafel, your choice of chicken (kebab or shawarma), salad, rice, and roasted vegetables is a perfect choice for last-minute orders.
3. Riviera Village Pizza (1725 S Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach)
Everyone loves the Zucchini Sticks and the Strawberry Salad topped with feta, walnuts and avocado. Cheese pizzas include a gluten-free option which makes it easy to meet special dietary requests. Don’t forget to order the tiramisu for a sweet finish.
Best Mexican Catering
1. Acapulco (722 N Pacific Ave., Glendale)
The Burrito Box, at breakfast or lunch, is always a winner with a satisfying portion size and six protein choices for meat and veggie lovers. The Carnitas Burrito Box with braised pork is a favorite, but chicken, veggie, and beef (steak, picadillo, and machaca) are nice for a change.
2. El Torazo (14201 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower)
On days when moving guests as quickly as possible through the lunch buffet is a must, consider the chicken tacos as part of the Mexi Taco Bar. They arrive partially pre-assembled (with the chicken already stuffed inside the tortilla), helping the lunch line move just that much faster.
3. El Nopal (10426 National Blvd., Los Angeles)
When variety is the order of the day, try the chicken fajitas on the Fajita Fiesta Pack. Regulars love the flavorful meats and the sides of onions and peppers, rice, choice of beans, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, tortillas, and salad.
Best Sandwich Catering
1. Johnny Rebs’ (4663 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach)
Choose between BBQ pulled chicken, pulled pork or a catfish sandwich. Or switch things up with some vegetarian options like the Vegetarian Southwest Sandwich that includes the Beyond Burger Patty topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato, pepper jack, and chipotle cream.
2. Canter’s Deli (419 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles)
Ordering from this 89-year-old institution brings great deli food right to the office. The Assorted Sandwiches Platter includes the iconic corned beef, not to mention roast turkey, pastrami, smoked turkey, tuna, and avocado and cheddar sandwiches, all served with potato salad and coleslaw.
3. KMR Gourmet Catering & VIP Events (1055 W 7th St., Los Angeles)
The Vegan Veggie Boxed Lunch and depth of menu options for non-meat eaters makes this caterer the perfect choice for feeding colleagues with dietary restrictions. But you have to try the homey breakfast options, like Hawaiian French Toast with eggs and sausage or the crispy Fried Chicken Waffle Breakfast Sandwich.
Best Italian Catering
1. Verdugo Pizza (519 S Verdugo Rd., Glendale)
For a hot and filling meal, the Creamy Basil Pasta with chicken and mushrooms includes a side of garlic bread. Just be sure to leave room for the Caesar Salad with crisp romaine and just the right amount of cheese.
2. Buca di Beppo (80 W Green St., Pasadena)
Fill your team up with the Chicken Parmigiana Pan. If it’s cheese you’re after, the Baked Ziti Pan, stuffed with mozzarella, provolone, ricotta, Parmesan, and Alfredo is the fix. Sop up the sauce with the house made bread.
3. Freshway Pizza (10429 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles)
At a place that is known for pizza, the Lemon Chicken and Antipasti Salad are lighter go-to options. Pile on the veggies like Grilled Zucchini and Artichoke Hearts and custom-build a pizza with your own sauce, cheese, and meat (or leave them all off) on an order of Make-Your-Own Pizza.
Best Mediterranean Catering
1. Z Garden Santa Monica (2350 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica)
The Z Garden Salad with red and green cabbage, carrots, and a sprinkle of parsley is the perfect complement to The Pita Wrap Platter which has plenty of protein options (beef kabob, chicken shawarma, falafel) for meat eaters and vegetarians.
2. JeJe Mediterranean Grill (16970 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Los Angeles)
The small bites on The Mediterranean Platter (marinated feta cheese, red peppers and zucchini, stuffed grape leaves) make for a delicious break between meetings. In the Super Plate Boxed Lunch, everyone can choose their own protein (try the Beef Gyros) and have their veggies, falafel, and baklava too.
3. Marsa Lounge (11906 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles)
For an impressive spread, go for the Famous Package. It has it all— shish kebabs and shish taouk (chicken) alongside an outstanding array of hummus, salad, grains, vegetables, falafel, and grape leaves.
Best Breakfast Caterers
1. Amandine Patisserie Café (12225 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles)
Croissants, plain or stuffed with ham, egg, cheddar, and arugula in the Breakfast Sandwich are a can’t miss, while the Danish will melt in your mouth. But it all tastes even better when paired with a Barista Box of coffee.
2. The Pie Hole (714 Traction Ave., Los Angeles)
Order a few of these pint-sized savory pies, like Shepard’s and Chicken and Corn Bread, and make an easy to manage breakfast or afternoon snack. For the early morning hours, Ham and Cheddar Quiche Bites say breakfast all the way.
3. Johnny Rebs’ (16639 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower)
Smokehouse bacon makes Breakfast Burgers pretty hard to resist. Or choose Southern Fried Chicken Breakfast Sandwiches that are piled high with scrambled eggs, pepper jelly, cheddar cheese, and this caterer’s crispy yet juicy chicken.
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.
Surprise your team with the best catering in town at your next meeting.