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Best of ezCater: Top Seattle Caterers for 2020

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Seattle has a rich food history of epic fish and wild-harvested produce. But Seattle’s thriving food scene is so diverse that you can order more than salmon or coffee from your desk. Think sushi, laksa, empanadas or rogan josh. The choices can seem endless. So to make finding the best catering easier, we’ve rounded up the best caterers serving Seattle. 

Best in Seattle

1. Corner Bakery Cafe (393 Strander Blvd., Tukwila)

Fans line up for crunchy salads like the Spinach Sweet Crisp for its savory mix of goat cheese, fruit, and strawberry dressing. Appetizers and desserts, like a Fresh Vegetable Basket with avocado ranch dipping sauce and a Cookie Basket with gooey chocolate chips, make sweet afternoon pick-me-ups.

2. Gyro House (2355 10th Ave., East Seattle)

Try the spit-roasted beef Gyro Sandwich served with juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, onion and the addictive tzatziki sauce. Or for more variety, order the Catering Combo Deluxe Buffet which includes the same Gyro meat plus chicken shawarma and kefta kabob along with falafel, hummus, and all the fixings.

3. Kigo Kitchen (105 1st Ave., South Seattle)

Brighten the team’s day with the Build-Your-Own Stir Fry Bar, with plenty of proteins like Five-Spice Pork and Green Onion Egg. Gluten-free options (including Lemongrass Chicken), and a veggie mix of broccoli, carrots, bok choy, and snap peas make this an easy order for the entire group.

Best for Large Meetings

1. Jewel of India (4735 University Way NE, Seattle)

The Catering Packages here are numerous. Catering Package 1 feeds 18 people with a little bit of everything, including six entrees like Chicken Mango Curry, six vegetarian entrees including Channa Masala (a savory chickpea dish), and enough naan to scoop up leftovers.

2. Eltana (3920 Stone Way N, Seattle)

Easily do some heavy lifting with a Hero Box which feeds up to 18 people. It is stuffed with your favorite bagels and your choice of three spreads, including plain cream cheese or North African spiced harissa hummus and red pepper-walnut spread.

3. Arista Catering (1920 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle)

Regular rounds of applause go to the hot and cold hors d’oeuvres for their variety and flavor. Tier 1 Hot Hors D’oeuvres, ordered by the dozen, include everything from Cheddar Cheese Puffs and Hot Sweet Salsa Meatballs to Vegetarian Egg Rolls and Spicy Boneless Buffalo Wings.

Best for Small Meetings

1. Kigo Kitchen (105 1st Ave., South Seattle)

If individual servings are what the day calls for, try the Classic Rice Bowl with chicken and an array of vegetables. Or let guests choose their own proteins (like Seared Tofu and Soy-Glazed Bacon) and spice levels with the Build-Your-Own Banh Mi Bar. 

2. Pogacha (119 106th Ave. NE, Bellevue)

Fans flock here for the breakfast. Order the Full Breakfast with fresh eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, coffee, and juice and an assortment of pastries and breads, including the melt-in-your-mouth scones.

3. HoneyBaked Ham (14339-A NE 20th St., Bellevue)

The Signature Boxed Lunch includes your choice of classic sandwich (the ham comes with Swiss and honey mustard on a croissant), kettle chips, and a cookie. Round out an order with a fresh garden salad to complete their plates with a pop of color.

Best for High Stakes Meetings

1. Chicago’s Pizza with a Twist (23623 104th Ave. SE, Kent)

Pick from the huge variety of pre-styled pizzas like Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza with tomato cream sauce and don’t forget to order a side of Samosas or Garden Salad. Or keep it simple with the Create Your Own Pizza option.

2. Chutney’s Queen Anne Indian (1100 Pike St., Seattle)

From the flaky Vegetable Samosas and vegetarian Aaloo Chole to the Lamb Rogan Josh, every dish earns a winning review for flavor. The Gulab Jamun milk dumplings for dessert are also popular and make a sweet ending.

3. Thai Fusion (15 Nickerson St., Seattle)

When networking is a must, the Appetizer Sampler with pot stickers, veggie rolls, crab wontons, and coconut shrimp makes handheld eating a breeze. Catering packages scale up for 10 or more people and include three entrees like Panang Curry, Broccoli Oyster Sauce, and Pad Thai.

Best for Last Minute Orders

1. Port of Subs (22000 64th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace)

Select up to four sandwich types on the Spectacular Sub Assortment Tray (roast beef and provolone, smoked ham, turkey, and smoky cheddar). Pair it with a Vegetable Garden Splendor Tray for a green side— served with ranch dressing, of course.

2. Villa Italian Kitchen (3000 184th St. SW, Lynnwood)

Shake up the sandwich in the box routine with The Pasta Box Meal. It’s got a range of pasta and green salad choices (Macaroni & Cheese with Greek Salad is a standard) and even a meatball add-on.

3. Verve Bowls (734 N 34th St., Seattle)

Morning or afternoon, satisfy a hungry crowd with an Acai Bowl Bar. It hits the customization and the power foods trends with plenty of fruits and add-ins to please the thirsty, the hungry, and everyone in-between.

Best Mexican Catering

1. Taqueria Los Chilangos (4401 Wallingford Ave. N, Seattle)

Feed your crowd with the Street Soft Taco Bar. It includes your choice of meat and beans and all the fixings, but order a side of Chips, Salsa, Guacamole, and Pico de Gallo to make everyone even happier about their taco.

2. Los Agaves (1514 Pike Pl., Seattle)

The Breakfast Burrito is popular as a handheld breakfast option while the Taco Bar wins raves for its wide assortment of gluten-free proteins including Chicken Adobo and Lengua, with sautéed veggies on the side.

3. Taco del Mar (823 Third Ave., Seattle)

Crispy yet sublimely tender Alaskan fish tacos on the Taco Bar garner applause for a protein everyone can get behind. The included guacamole and cookies round out the meal.

Best Sandwich Catering

1. Corner Bakery Cafe (720 NW Gilman Blvd., Issaquah)

The freshly baked, petite brioche rolls make sandwiches like D.C. Chicken Salad and Tomato Mozzarella feel decadent in the Mini-Sandwich Basket. It also includes ham, turkey, roast beef, tuna salad, and sides of salad or chips for groups as small as 10.

2. Parnita’s Catering (10424 NE 200th St., Bothell)

The Wrap Boxed Lunch includes a wide assortment of fillings, including a steak and Caesar or grilled vegetables. It also comes with fruit, chips, dessert, water, and your choice of potato or pasta salad.

3. Vinason Pho and Grill (2134 Westlake Ave., Seattle)

The Combo Banh Mi Platter nets you a choice of proteins like Wild Gulf Caramelized Shrimp or Carlton Farms Lemongrass Pork plus everything you need (mayo, pickled carrots & daikon, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeños, and Vietnamese baguette) to build your own sandwich.

Best Italian Catering

1. Villa Italian Kitchen (1101 Supermall Way, Auburn)

Ordering Italian doesn’t get any easier than the Villa Italian Package with Entrée. Designed to feed 10, it includes favorites like Chicken Alfredo and Chicken Parmesan packaged with green salad and garlic rolls.

2. Luciano’s Pizza & Pasta (2341 California Ave. SW, Seattle)

It may say “pizza” on their sign (and they are known to make a mean one), but the go-to order is Chicken Wings (hot, BBQ, or Italian with blue cheese or ranch sauce) and Meatball Parmesan Sandwiches when a different kind of finger food is required.

3. Mad Pizza (1321 Madison St., Seattle)

The Mad Pepperoni Pizza is a quick, crowd-pleasing option for last-minute orders, but the vegetarian options are many and the Mad Scientist gets its share of shout-outs for herbaceous, savory flavor.

Best Mediterranean Catering

1. Gyro House (2355 10th Ave., East Seattle)

If you are not convinced the gyro sandwich is the way to go, lean into the Veggie Plate which comes complete with falafel, spanakopita (spinach pie), and dolmas.

2. The Golden Olive  (521 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle)

Options here are à la carte so be sure to order the fan favorite Falafel with sides of Tzatziki and Hummus, rounded out with a House Salad or the Chicken Gyro.

3. The Halal Guys  (105 Yesler Way, Seattle)

The Gyro Platter has it all– spit-roasted beef with rice, lettuce, tomato, and pita bread– but fans of the hummus and proprietary white and red sauces can add those to the order, too.

Best Breakfast Catering

1. Tropical Smoothie Cafe (10445 NE 4th St., Bellevue)

At breakfast, this caterer’s nutrient-dense Superfood Smoothies (including avocado and acai) and Classic Smoothies (strawberry limeade, mango magic), are the well-balanced energy boost your team needs for the day ahead. 

2. Cater 4 You (281 SW 41st St., Renton)

The Crack of Dawn Hot Sandwiches include your choice of breakfast meat, scrambled eggs, and white cheddar on your choice of bread, as well as fruit and bottled waters. Just add a Box of Coffee and check breakfast off your to-do list.

3. Box Lunches Seattle (1920 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle)

Their business name might be a red herring because the breakfast- especially the Hearty Breakfast with scrambled eggs with melted cheese and chives, diced potatoes, bacon, seasonal fruit, coffee, and hot tea- is the hottest order on the menu.

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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