As the second most populous city in Virginia, Norfolk is a hub of culture, history, and urban living. That means there are plenty of excellent restaurants lining its miles of beautiful waterfront streets — and by extension, lots of great Norfolk catering options. USA Today recently declared that “Norfolk is having a moment” in terms of being a restaurant capital of the country, with its creative, locally-made culinary sensibilities. Here, we rounded up the 10 top spots — take a look at the best catering in Norfolk.
This sunny Norfolk café has become a destination for not only the signature offering — smoothies (try the #1 selling Detox Island Green Smoothie, with spinach, kale, mango, banana, pineapple, and fresh ginger) — but for the healthy wraps, whether it’s a breakfast bacon, egg, and cheese, or a SuperGreen Caesar (with kale and lettuce).
This Norfolk catering destination for the “World’s Best Hamburgers” lives up to the hype, with juicy, never-frozen patties made from 100% USDA premium-cut beef, sandwiched between fluffy, freshly-baked sesame buns. If you want to experience the burgers in all their glory, it’s best to go for the Build-Your-Own-1/3 Lb-Burger Bar, which comes with all the fixings — buns, patties, lettuce, tomato, and optional grilled onions, guacamole, and cheese — for guests to make their own creation.
Your pie combines the traditional techniques of Italian brick oven pizza with the freestyle creativity of founder Drew French, with a menu of inspired pies (made with French’s own signature spice blends) like the Southern Heat Pizza, with buffalo sauce, red onions, mozzarella, chicken, jalapenos, and ranch dressing, or the Great White Pizza, with olive oil, ricotta, mozzarella, garlic, and feta. And as the perennial popularity of pizza proves, there’s no such thing as too many pizza options.
Serving up “all-American-and-a-little-Greek” food, Norfolk Catering Company has truly got something for everyone — whether it’s the All American Buffet with staples such as fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and apple pie; or a Greek-inspired feast with Greek potato salad, stuffed grape leaves (dolmathes), and flaky baklava for dessert. For breakfast, you can even order an entire platter of cinnamon rolls. It’s among the best catering in Norfolk for a big crowd.
Fusing Indian flavors with modern techniques, Saffron Indian Bistro is the Norfolk catering destination for rich, Punjabi-style Indian cuisine. No meal at Saffron Indian Bistro is complete without butter chicken — the signature creamy Indian stew — or malai kofta — vegetable dumplings in a hearty gravy. The restaurant also offers four different kinds of naan — try the Saffron Special, which comes stuffed with paneer, mango chutney, garlic, and oregano-like ajwain seeds.
For home-style meals that don’t require going near a stove, the choice in Norfolk catering is Boston Market. The spot serves up all-in-one, comfort food dinners with everything you need for a complete meal, like the Build Your Own Turkey Hot Buffet, with slow-roasted turkey breast, corn bread, and a choice of sides like mac and cheese and bacon brussels sprouts. For that homemade flavor in lunch-friendly form, get the Boston Carver Whole Sandwich Box Lunch, which delivers the same hand-carved meats in a more portable format.
Looking for the best catering in Norfolk for baked goods? Look no further than Baker’s Crust, a small Norfolk catering outfit serving artisan breads and sweets that showcase the best seasonal ingredients. Take the Farmer’s Casserole: a breakfast entrée filled with farm-fresh veggies, cheese, potatoes, and freshly-baked French bread. And because you can’t go to Baker’s Crust and not try something sweet, there’s the Sweetie Tray, filled with all the bakery’s signature cookies, brownies, and bars.
Flame N’ Fry brings the Deep South to Norfolk catering, with homemade southern entrees like wings, chicken and waffles, and tenders — all served up with a side of southern hospitality. It may seem like the place is a chicken-centric joint, but don’t miss out on the sleeper hit: the Shrimp n’ Fries — breaded, golden-brown shrimp morsels surrounded by crispy French fries.
Taking its inspiration from the colorful, craveable street food of Mexico, Jessy’s Taqueria is a guaranteed hit for those looking for a spicy, flavorful meal. Choose between nearly a dozen varieties of tacos, including lamb BBQ and classic al pastor, add on a torta (a classic Mexican sandwich), maybe some gooey queso and guacamole, and wash it all down with a cinnamon-spiked horchata. You’ve got the makings of an authentic Mexican feast that’s perfect for a big office party.
For over 40 years, Pollard’s Chicken & Catering has been serving up hearty, homemade buffets and box lunches to the Norfolk masses — with not a single late delivery. You’ll understand what all the hype is about when you try one of Pollard’s eight party buffets, which offers base options like chicken tenders, fried chicken, and baked chicken (it is called Pollard’s Chicken, after all), plus sides like baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw. And for your next big open house or luncheon, try the Open House/Office Party Buffet, a classy arrangement of dips, tenders, deli meat, dinner rolls, and a fresh fruit centerpiece.
Want to see what’s happening in other nearby cities? Take a look at our round-up of the best of Washington D.C. catering.