Best of ezCater: Top Minneapolis Caterers for 2020
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The Minneapolis food scene is known for its deep Scandinavian roots. More recently the city has expanded its range of offerings and its culinary cannon has earned a national reputation for excellence. No matter if it’s pizza or pierogis, Mexican or Minnesotan, the Twin Cities is home to top notch, flavorful food. Here’s where to find the best catering serving Minneapolis.
Best in Minneapolis
1. Which Wich (5330 Cedar Lake Rd., Minneapolis)
There’s something wonderfully comforting about a classic sandwich with lettuce, tomato, cheese, mayo, and mustard. On the Classic Easy Meal, these sandwiches also arrive with a side of chips and a cookie crammed with M&M’s and chocolate morsels.
2. Agra Culture (2939 Girard Ave. S, Minneapolis)
Salads like the Agra Harvest Salad, are designed to feed like an entrée with lots of vegetables, fruits, and cheeses atop beautiful greens. The Sandwich Boxed Lunch option piles those lovely greens on a meaty protein or hummus.
3. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (3090 Courthouse Ln., Eagan)
The Barbecue Buffet is the winner here with more meat and side choices than even the most devoted ‘cue lover could possibly consume. Smaller appetites appreciate the Boxed Lunch choice with pickles and onion.
Best for Large Meetings
1. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (3090 Courthouse Ln., Eagan)
When feeding a platoon-sized group, extra of everything is needed. Dickey’s catering packages, like the XL Family Pack, make it easy to order quickly and ensure that you have enough for everyone.
2. Eddingtons Catering (1517 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis)
You can’t go wrong with any of the soup combos, especially the Potato Bar and Soup with the Beef Chili or Chicken Chili option. It is a nice topper for the potato which comes with bacon, sour cream, butter, and cheese.
3. The Brothers Deli (50 South 6th St., Minneapolis)
Hits like Moroccan Chicken or Thai Crunch in The Salad Box Lunch are regular orders for many, since salads their can be made vegetarian or meaty. The popover bread option adds a bit of pizzazz.
Best for Small Meetings
1. Agra Culture (2939 Girard Ave. S, Minneapolis)
The Sandwich and Salad Box Lunches are popular for their super-fresh greens and great flavors. Favorites include the Agra Harvest Salad and the roasted chicken Banh Mi sandwich. Don’t forget to order extra sourdough bread.
2. Granite City Food & Brewery (1595 MN-36, Roseville)
This caterer’s large menu has broad appeal but the Taco Bar with pulled pork, chicken, corn and black bean salsa, pico de gallo, cilantro-lime cabbage, and corn and flour tortillas is a repeat order for many.
3. Local Roots (817 E 66th St., Minneapolis)
Try the breakfast. This caterer has everything, from a Light Brunch of quiche and salad to a Yogurt Bar with fresh berries and muffins. The Cold Classic Continental lets guests experience the range of exceptional pastries, including muffins, scones, coffee cake, and biscuits.
Best for High Stakes Meetings
1. D Brian’s Deli & Catering (7700 France Ave. S, Edina)
Reliable, even on short notice, for classic American fare, this caterer serves up great sandwiches (Turkey BLT, Veggie Avocado) in a variety of options like the Assorted Sandwich Tray or Classic Sandwich Boxed Lunch.
2. Crisp & Green (755 Lake St. E, Wayzata)
The salads at Crisp & Green have a passionate group of supporters for their freshness. The Large No Prob Cobb (spinach or kale base) comes topped with a hunger-satisfying amount of protein- roasted chicken, egg, bacon, queso fresco- plus avocado and jalapeño green goddess dressing.
3. Corporate Eats (7650 Edinborough Way, Minneapolis)
When it counts the most, you can’t beat the consistency and professionalism of Corporate Eats. The colorful Fruit Platter combined with the build-your-own sandwich Corporate Lunch Buffet makes an impressive meal.
Best for Last Minute Orders
1. Which Wich (5330 Cedar Lake Rd., Minneapolis)
With high marks for accuracy, especially for those orders with special dietary requests, this caterer is on speed dial for many. Try the Classic Easy Meal which includes a choice of sandwiches, salads, chips, cookies, and drinks.
2. D Brian’s Deli & Catering (1600 Utica Ave. S, St. Louis Park)
Trust this caterer to spice things up just enough with on-trend choices like Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup. Or try a Garden Salad with Spicy Santa Fe Dressing to add a pop of bright flavor to even the grayest day.
3. Catrina’s Mexican Restaurant (2510 Kenzie Ter., St. Anthony)
Earning a spot on this list is the result of generous portions and the à la carte ordering options. The guacamole, pineapple, and queso dip on the Catrina’s Taco Bar Buffet order mean infinite customization possibilities.
Best Mexican Catering
1. Brothers Taqueria (2398 County Rd. E, St. Paul)
The line for lunch will move quickly when you order the Taco Platter. It includes a choice of up to five meats like Mexican Sausage and Marinated Chicken in each order and, to make it easy, the meats are pre-assembled in corn tortillas with cilantro and onions.
2. La Tapatia (2100 Wilson Ave., St. Paul)
The food from this caterer is consistently reliable and regulars appreciate the tasty gluten-free veggie option for the Burrito Boxed Lunch. Place an order for some fruity Mexican sodas as a surprising beverage.
3. Nacho’s Mexican Grill (1016 Main St., Hopkins)
The Tortas (a Mexican-style sandwich) are a nice change from tacos and they even come with an avocado topper and a side of fries. The vegan and vegetarian options hit the sweet spot for groups that need a variety of protein choices.
Best Sandwich Catering
1. Green Leaf’s (3965 Eagan Outlets Pkwy., Eagan)
A wide range of sandwiches (Chicken Avocado, Sesame Asian Quinoa) are available between sliced bread or in a wrap. A half dozen salads (Tex Mex, Far East) are easy to combine for a complete meal on the Sandwich Platter.
2. HoneyBaked Ham (2401 Fairview Ave. N, Roseville)
It’s about the ham, of course, but The Sandwich Builder Buffet means guests can try the smoked or roasted turkey, too, and pile on as much cheese, lettuce, and tomato as they like. Throw in a Fresh Fruit Tray for some color.
3. D Brian’s Deli & Catering (3001 Metro Dr., Minneapolis)
Try the griddled sandwiches on the Assorted Panini Platter for something a little different. Complement your order with the Salad Bowl, which comes with breadsticks and your choice of dressing (Fat-Free Citrus Vinaigrette gets all the raves).
Best Italian Catering
1. Villa Italian Kitchen (3965 Eagan Outlets Pkwy., Eagan)
Ordering Italian doesn’t get any easier than the Villa Italian Package with Entrée, which pairs favorites like Chicken Alfredo and Chicken Parmesan with a green salad and the ever-popular garlic roll.
2. Boss’ Pizza and Chicken (5501 S 34th Ave., Minneapolis)
Chicken and pizza may be the perfect combo. Get the Broasted Chicken Gold with sides of coleslaw and beans, or go for the chicken right on the pizza with the Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza.
3. Buca di Beppo (1204 Harmon Pl., Minneapolis)
If it’s cheese you’re after, then the beloved Baked Ziti Pan, stuffed with mozzarella, provolone, ricotta, Parmesan, Alfredo and marinara is the fix. Sop up any leftovers with their house-made bread.
Best Mediterranean Catering
1. Beirut Restaurant (1385 S Robert St., St. Paul)
Simplicity in ordering makes Package 4 a “most ordered.” It contains favorites like juicy chicken kabobs, gyro meat, sides of green salad or tabbouleh, hummus, falafel, plenty of garlic sauce, and baklava for dessert. Scale your order from one to 100 with a click.
2. Aida (2208 W 66th St., Richfield)
Try an array of crowd-pleasing Mediterranean favorites in the Pita Wrap Buffet like spit-roasted Chicken or Beef Shawarma and Lamb Gyro. The Pita Wrap Bag Lunch serves the same juicy meats, Falafel or grilled vegetables with your favorite sauce, and a side of salad or fries.
3. Roti Modern Mediterranean (80 S 8th St., Minneapolis)
To sample everything this caterer has to offer, try the Mediterranean Tasting Platter. It’s loaded with chicken and steak roti, falafel, roti rice, hummus, tomato and cucumber salad, red cabbage slaw, vegetables, pita bread, and three sauces.
Best Breakfast Catering
1. D Brian’s Deli & Catering (120 S 6th St., Minneapolis)
The Breakfast Taco Bar includes eggs, chopped sausage, and all the fixings. The Coffee Tote and Bakery Tray with muffins, scones, bagels, donuts, and danish is a winner every time.
2. Unique Dining Experiences (13545 Martin St. NW, Andover)
The homey Minnesota Coziness Breakfast– an egg bake with onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and cheese- comes with your choice of bacon or sausage. Add a Box of Coffee and this meal instantly warms up even the chilliest Minnesota morning.
3. Sammy’s Avenue Eatery (1101 W Broadway Ave., Minneapolis)
Start your meeting with their Pastry and Fruit Basket. Or on cold mornings, add on cozy oatmeal and grits. The Coffee Tote is also a must, but think about ending on a refreshing note with the Gallon Cucumber Water.
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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