Known for its strong farm-to-table heritage, robust commercial centers, and proximity to both Washington D.C. and Baltimore, it’s no surprise that Sterling, VA is a hotbed for great restaurants. Located on the eastern edge of green and hilly Loudoun County, Sterling is in a part of Virginia that has recently been getting a lot of attention. Washingtonian Magazine declared the county is home to more wineries than any other section of Virginia and, for that reason, the area is turning up on Best D.C. Day Trip lists everywhere. From bustling popular chains to neighborhood cafés, here’s a rundown of the best in Sterling catering.
Spice Town Restaurant (Elden St, Herndon)
Can’t decide between Mexican and Italian? At Spice Town, you don’t have to. One of the best restaurants in Sterling, this spot mashes up Tex-Mex and Italian flavors to create dishes like a Mexican Delight Pizza with jalapenos and jack cheese, or a Fajita Chicken Pizza. If you want to stick to the classics, you’ll also find an excellent line-up of tacos, subs, and hearty pastas.
Boston Market (Cranston St, Herndon)
Known in Sterling catering for its show-stopping, hand-carved meats, Boston Market brings the best of dinner at home to your office luncheon. For a crowd, try the build-your-own buffets, which include juicy meats like BBQ ribs, slow-roasted turkey, meatloaf, and the ultimate Boston Market classic: original rotisserie chicken. And don’t forget about Boston Market’s incredible sides, which include sweet corn, honey-chipotle-glazed carrots, and a gooey, decadent mac and cheese.
Firehouse Subs (Community Plaza, Sterling)
Everyone knows that fire stations serve the heartiest home-cooked foods. That’s why two firemen decided to found Firehouse Subs, a sandwich shop with portions fit for a firefighter. The Sterling catering outfit only uses the most premium meat, cheeses and produce in sandwiches like its corned beef brisket, Genoa salami, pepperoni & provolone, and the hyper-local Virginia honey ham. And of course, it wouldn’t be a fireman’s meal without a bowl of Firehouse Subs’ signature chili, loaded with spicy, rich flavors.
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill (Southbank St, Sterling)
Baja Fresh takes its inspiration from California, with breezy, farm-fresh Mexican food made from whole, minimally processed ingredients. If you’re throwing an office party, it’s best to look to Baja Fresh’s extensive menu of party packs, platters, and buffets, which include trays of chicken taquitos, baja burritos (filled with your choice of carnitas, chicken, or steak), and the most-ordered Fajita Fiesta, which includes everything you need — tortillas, pico de gallo, rice, beans, grilled peppers, and meat — to build your own meal.
P.F. Chang’s (Dulles Town Cir, Sterling)
Known for its pioneering use of the wok to deliver fresh, flavorful entrees and its robust menu of crowd-pleasing Chinese favorites, P.F. Chang’s is one of the best restaurants in Sterling for a reason. Here, you’ll find all the favorites that have made the chain a hit, including Chang’s lettuce wraps filled with soy-marinated chicken. You can even order an entire package of greatest hits (“Chang’s Classics”), which includes dishes like Mongolian Beef, Chang’s Spicy Chicken, and Hand Folded Crab Wontons.
Joey’s Corner (Sterling)
Every city needs a classic café and, for Sterling catering, that’s Joey’s Corner — a simple, artisan spot serving mouthwatering versions of traditional breakfast and lunch fare. From the pastries, which include croissants, muffin tops (yes, you read that correctly!), and danishes, to sandwiches like Tuscan Chicken and Turkey, Bacon, Avocado, Joey’s Corner is the catering solution you can count on for any kind of occasion.
Jersey Mike’s Subs (Tripleseven Rd, Sterling)
Since 1956, Jersey Mike’s Subs has been one of the most reliable names in catering — with over 700 locations across America (it was named by Nation’s Restaurant News as the fastest-growing chain in America in 2016). In Sterling catering, it’s an office lunch go-to, for its convenient lunch packages that offer a bit more than just your standard sandwich — like the Jersey Shore Favorite Sub, with provolone, ham, and capicola; or the Club Supreme sub, with roast beef, turkey, Swiss, and bacon. It’s one of the best restaurants in Sterling for reliable, fast fare.
King Wok (Community Plaza, Sterling)
Every office needs a go-to Chinese takeout spot and, in the Sterling restaurant scene, it’s King Wok. The restaurant offers up all the Chinese favorites that you crave, like beef with broccoli, General Tso’s Chicken, and Moo Shu Pork. King Wok also offers a convenient solution for ordering for large groups — just choose between three catering packages (each including a selection of meats, noodles, and vegetables), tell the restaurant how many people are in your party, and they’ll take care of the rest.
Noodles & Company (Cranston St, Sterling)
This Midwest-born chain has earned a cult following for its global offerings of noodles from every cuisine imaginable. In the same restaurant, you’ll find mac and cheese from Wisconsin, as well as spaghetti and meatballs, and spicy Korean noodles — all made fresh to order. For big gatherings, try the “Feed the Many” menu, which includes a choice of two noodle entrees, plus salad and optional drinks and dessert.
Merone’s Catering (Trade Center Pl, Sterling)
Merone’s Catering brings a taste of Naples, Italy to your meal, with classic entrees like Chicken Marsala, Balsamic Glazed Pork, and Baked Ziti, all overseen by the Merone family and their 100-plus years of restaurant experience. This Sterling catering outfit even has you covered on the non-Italian front, with a crowd-pleasing spinach and crab dip, and the ever-popular sweet potato casserole.
So take that day trip out of the city to see some green and relax at a winery, and then stop by Sterling to get something to eat!
Find out what else is happening in the area — take a look at our round-up of what’s popular in Washington D.C. catering.