Best of ezCater: Top Phoenix Caterers for 2020
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Phoenix’s well-deserved reputation for killer Mexican food, especially tacos and enchiladas, means great Mexican food is available all over the valley. But sometimes the office needs something a little different, a new cuisine to build energy and enthusiasm for the next catered meal. No matter what your group is craving, the valley has it. Here are the best caterers delivering in Phoenix.
Best in Phoenix
1. Pita Pit (690 S Mill Ave., Tempe)
Flexibility with different diets (gluten-free, vegetarian) is easy with all the Platter and Box Lunch menus. Look for the Artisan Black Bean Pita- it’s got pepperoncini and ancho chipotle sauce, amping up the basic vegetarian pita in a snappy way.
2. Quiznos (21043 N Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix)
The freshness of these sandwiches, like the Mesquite or Turkey with Ranch and Swiss, is a hit with regulars. Fans also like the individually labeled boxes on the Box Lunch options.
3. Dilly’s Deli (414 W University Dr., Tempe)
The extensive list of gluten-free sandwiches is a win for fans who still want a sandwich (the Gluten-Free Dilly Bird Sandwich with turkey, avocado, cream cheese, sprouts, and mayo is a top seller). Try pairing one with the well-received soups.
Best for Large Meetings
1. Si Señor Restaurant (600 N Alma School Rd., Chandler)
The New Mexican accents on this southwestern favorite come through on Package Tres. Add chile sauces to cheese enchiladas, tacos, or chile rellenos, before digging in on the fluffy Sopapillas w/Honey (and cinnamon and sugar) for dessert.
2. Dilly’s Deli (3330 S Price Rd., Tempe)
The variety of sandwiches on the Sandwich Tray (BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Southwest Club Sandwich) and extensive gluten-free options are popular with groups. The Greek dressing gives the Greek Salad a bold, herb flavor.
3. Rose’s Catering (1734 W Bell Rd., Phoenix)
The homestyle buffets and zesty southwestern flavors are hugely popular. At breakfast try the Hot Breakfast Buffet if only for the crispy bacon. At lunch, fans rave about the Southwestern Chicken Buffet and its salsa-ranch sauce.
Best for Small Meetings
1. Pita Pit (690 S Mill Ave., Tempe)
From a Classic Artisan Sriracha Chicken pita with banana peppers and jalapeños to an Artisan Bacon Cheese Steakburger pita, the huge array of flavorful stuffed sandwiches on platters or boxed to go is a winner for groups.
2. Dilly’s Deli (414 W University Dr., Tempe)
Fresh ingredients and flavorful sandwiches? Check. Fresh bread and nice presentation? Check. Enough variety for vegetarians and gluten-free diners? Done and done.
3. The Breakfast Joynt (6245 E Bell Rd., Scottsdale)
Individual syrup packets on the French Toast are a pleasure for the event coordinator but the big nod goes to the Breakfast Burritos, which can be ordered vegetarian, and are perfect with a Box of Coffee.
Best for High Stakes Meetings
1. Pita Kitchen (20221 N 67th Ave., Glendale)
“Healthy” and “delicious” are not always found in the same sentence but are used often to describe the food at Pita Kitchen. Score with the yummy sauces (the Chipotle Sauce for the win) to top Steak Shawarma and Chicken Kabobs on the Plate Lovers Buffet.
2. Fresh Millions Restaurant (1515 N Gilbert Rd., Gilbert)
This caterer thrives on healthy choices. Choose from a selection of sandwiches, wraps, and salads, or try a stir-fry Hot Bowl crafted from the freshest ingredients.
3. Villa Italian Kitchen (9617 N Metro Pkwy. W, Phoenix)
This caterer is known for delicious food in abundant quantities. The Villa Italian Package is a popular option. Customize your order with choices of classic Italian entrees, pasta, and garlic rolls.
Best for Last Minute Orders
1. Pita Kitchen (9915 W McDowell Rd., Avondale)
Noted multiple times for their healthy options (Greek Salad, Falafel, Chicken Shawarma), this caterer is a stress reliever for its ample lunch buffets with plenty of choices for all kinds of eaters. Side orders of the Sauces (Chipotle, Garlic, Tahini, Greek dressing) switch up the flavors in a fun way for Falafel or Gyro.
2. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (16581 W Bell Rd., Surprise)
This caterer’s great on-time delivery record and familiar, comfort food favorites (the Box Lunch option includes the Texas-style chopped beef brisket on a bun with pickles, onions, and barbecue sauce), are popular. Even same day orders are handled exceptionally well.
3. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant (3301 W Peoria Ave., Phoenix)
Crispy, perfectly salted chips and accommodating staff are what customers love about this caterer. Super-familiar Mini Tacos with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and a side of salsa make Mexican food fun. Or explore the Beef Tamales or the Pollo Fundido for a festive change of pace.
Best Mexican Catering
1. Blue Agave Mexican Cantina (7000 E Mayo Blvd., Phoenix)
Mini Chimichangas with chicken, cheese, and pico de gallo have just the right crunch. Slather them with the included red or green chile for some added spice. For a less spicy dressing for the House Salad, choose the Prickly Pear Vinaigrette.
2. Tinta Mexicana (5000 S Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe)
The chicken on the Build Your Own Bar w/ Two Meats tastes bright and citrusy, earning raves for its sunny flavor. Plus everything else– rice, black beans, pinto beans, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, lettuce, flour tortillas, crispy taco shells, and chips is included.
3. Rubio’s Coastal Grill (540 W McDowell Rd., Phoenix)
Known for their fish tacos, this caterer offers six seafood-based proteins on the Regular Taco Bar plus all the fixings. The Taquitos Platter, shredded chicken rolled in corn tortillas, is handheld and bite-size. A Sweet Treats Box sets hearts a flutter with the included churros, caramel ganache brownies, and limón coconut bars.
Best Sandwich Catering
1. Quiznos (21043 N Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix)
The fast turnaround time is a match only for the freshness of these sandwiches, like the Veggie Guacamole or Honey Mustard Sub. For a change of pace, the Apple Harvest Chicken Salad Bowl, with honey-Dijon chicken salad and apple cider vinaigrette, can be an entree or a side salad.
2. Metropolis (7137 E Rancho Vista Dr., Scottsdale)
The consistent quality– fresh bread every time– makes the decision to order the Full Sandwich Platter (Parisian Ham, Waldorf Chicken Salad) a breeze for groups of all sizes. Try the BLTAC (the “C” is for chipotle aioli) or Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich and get two sides, like coleslaw or fresh fruit, and a sweet.
3. Panini Bread & Grill (3510 W Bell Rd., Glendale)
The Panini Grilled Breakfast Platter shakes up the usual breakfast sandwich order. Bacon, ham, sausage, or vegetables add big flavor to softly scrambled eggs. The homemade pasta salad is a popular choice on the Traditional Box Lunch.
Best Italian Catering
1. Italian Spoon (6505 N 7th St., Phoenix)
Italian-American favorites like Beef Ravioli or Baked Ziti with Ricotta and Mozzarella are designed to feed groups as small as five people. Pair pasta with a Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad to pack some protein and greens into the meal and satisfy a broad range of eaters.
2. Corleone’s (10637 N Tatum Blvd., Phoenix)
The Philly Cheesesteak Tray is a run-away favorite and repeat order for many, but for a change of pace, try the pizzas. The Butcher Shop pie has five kinds of meat. Order the House Salad to balance it out.
3. Rosati’s Pizza (1729 N Dysart Rd., Avondale)
Pizza is the go-to order here and an order of House Party includes three pizzas with toppings of your choosing. Rosati’s Sticky-sweet Jumbo Wings with Honey BBQ Sauce are a favorite appetizer and sugar-dusted Cannoli filled with sweet ricotta cheese makes a fine ending.
Best Mediterranean Catering
1. Pita Café (23535 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale)
A crowd-pleasing favorite, this caterer offers all of its fragrant and juicy meats on the Catering Package Combo. That includes your choice of meat (like gyro) plus three sides, such as roasted red pepper hummus, Caesar salad, and fattoush salad.
2. Bowl of Greens (555 N Central Ave., Phoenix)
The delicately seasoned, char-grilled Chicken Kabobs are a flavorful winner for office events of all kinds. Pair them with a Roasted Veggie Salad and Basmati Rice or maybe a few appetizers like Hummus or Grape Leaves to make it a party.
3. Yasso’s Greek & Mediterranean Catering (18220 N 68th St., Phoenix)
Spit-roasted and juicy Gyro, Chicken Shawarma, Chicken Kabobs, and fluffy, warm pita is the one-two combo that wins rave reviews for this caterer. Try the Gyro Combo for the spit-roasted gyro beef and lamb. It also includes the addictive tzatziki sauce, pita, and a choice of side dishes.
Best Breakfast Catering
1. Our Kitchen to Yours (1930 W Pinnacle Peak Rd. #119, Phoenix)
From moist Grilled Salmon with basil pesto to juicy Rosemary Chicken, the compliments rain down on this caterer for their delicious dishes. In the morning, the Breakfast Buffet includes the classics – scrambled eggs, sausage links, a fresh fruit bowl, and coffee.
2. Inner Circle Café (2515 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale)
The Box of Coffee is fresh and hot and rumored to be the best in Scottsdale. Pair it with the Avocado Toast Bar (add Prosciutto and Goat Cheese or Radish Sprouts and Pecans as toppers), Breakfast Burritos with Bacon, or Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk and Strawberries, and your breakfast order is done.
3. Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen (744 W Elliot Rd., Tempe)
Homey American flavors are the name of the game here. At breakfast, Individual Breakfast Sandwiches are layered with scrambled eggs, your choice of meat, and American cheese on a Kaiser roll. Add pastrami if you are feeling particularly East Coast today.
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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