Texas always does things big and bold, and Dallas is no exception. Settled back in the early 1840s, Dallas is now a cosmopolitan city that is home to an ethnically diverse population as well as more than 6,000 companies including many telecommunications and other high-tech brands. Dallas is definitely a place where things are always happening.
We also have Dallas to thank for a lot of the things we love to love. The city is, of course, home to the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, who became the first professional cheer squad back in 1972. Dallas is also where the term ’Super Bowl’ came into national consciousness, after sports promoter Lamar Hunt used it in a letter to then NFL commissioner, Pete Rozelle.
But Dallas is definitely not just about sports. It also boasts an arts district that is bigger than the ones in either New York or Los Angeles — nineteen whole blocks of culture-enhancing museums, galleries, and theaters. And Dallas has made a few contributions to American cuisine as well, including German chocolate cake (named after American chocolatier Samuel German, not the country) and the frozen margarita machine.
When it comes to what folks are ordering for lunch in Dallas, it’s not at all surprising that Mexican is a stand out favorite. While all-American sandwiches, Italian, and BBQ make an appearance in the top 5 lunch choices, taco bar and fajita options are pretty consistent winners, followed by big, beefy burgers that can satisfy a Texas-sized appetite.
Here are a few favorite Dallas caterers that never fail to make a good impression:
1. Cowboy Chicken
Top lunch: Half Chicken Boxed Lunch
All-natural chicken, a secret dry rub, slow roasting over locally sourced wood—it’s no wonder that fans rave about the delicious, juicy, flavorful dishes from Cowboy Chicken. Their unpretentious approach delivers a healthy alternative to fast food that is bursting with authentic flavor. Try their individually packaged Half Chicken Boxed Lunch, which includes half a chicken with two sides and a roll. Laken says, “Cowboy chicken does it again! Will always be my go-to for my account lunches. Everyone loves the sides as much as the chicken!”
2. Fajita Pete’s
Top lunch: Mixed Fajitas
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Fajita Pete’s was practically born in a hurricane. Their first catering location opened its doors in 2008, and shortly afterwards, Dallas was hit by a hurricane. Undaunted, the team at Fajita Pete’s kept on cooking, delivering Fajita’s to the community. Today, they are still making people happy by delivering quality Fajitas in any weather. In fact, their Mixed Fajitas lunch is a favorite pick for many corporate clients. Available with individual packaging, this package includes everything you need to make your own fajitas—chicken, beef, assorted vegetables, cheese, pico de gallo, and all the fixings and sides from guacamole to refried beans and more. Neha says, “Everyone absolutely loves the food. It was so delicious and we will definitely order from here again.”
3. Dugg Burger
Top lunch: Build-Your-Own Dugg Kit
“Hearty” is one of the first words that comes to mind when you think of Dugg Burger. Their unique “dugg out” bun makes room in every sandwich for just a little bit more of the fixins’ everyone loves. They believe in keeping things simple—simply delicious. One of the most frequently ordered (and raved about) menu options is the Build-Your-Own Dugg Kit. This package comes with a choice of grilled chicken, crispy chicken, burgers, portobello mushroom caps, or an assortment of all the options. And, of course, it also includes everything you need to build an amazing sandwich: Dugg sauce and other condiments, mixed greens and tomatoes, dill pickles, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, fire-roasted jalapeños, and hickory-smoked bacon. Is your mouth watering yet? Barbara says, “This was the first time this office had the pleasure of the Dugg Burger! They are sold!!! These guys never disappoint!”
4. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Top lunch: Barbecue Buffet
Sometimes, only authentic BBQ will do. When you have that kind of day, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has you covered. They’ve been serving up everything from beef brisket and pulled pork to Polish sausage and chicken for the last 75 years, and they definitely know what they are doing. Their Barbecue Buffet has something for everyone. Pick two of six buffet meat choices and up to three sides. The meal also included rolls and condiments—everything in abundance enough to feed the hungriest crew. Ashley knows she can count on Dickey’s for a happy team, “The food was fantastic! It is an office favorite!”
5. Village Burger Bar
Top lunch: Build-Your-Own Burger Bar
Dedicated to serving American classics, the Village Burger Bar prides itself on delivering fresh and flavorful meals that always hit the spot. Their Build-Your-Own Burger Bar includes a wide variety of options that let your team create their own dream burgers (beef, turkey, veggie, or grilled chicken). In addition to all the toppings and sauces you’d expect, they also have a lot of truly unique choices like Goat Cheese, Basil Mayo, Champagne Mustard, and Artichoke Aioli. Benjamin says, “Was a huge hit with the office. Everyone enjoyed the burger their way. Will do it again.”
6. Costa Vida
Top lunch: Taco Bar
Costa Vida invites you to taste the difference in their hand-crafted, Mexican-inspired goodness made from scratch using only the freshest ingredients. From tortillas that are made every day and frilled on seasoned cast-iron to queso that easily won a blind taste test versus a well-known brand that shall not be named, Costa Vida brings the best of authentic flavor and tradition to everything they make. Their Taco Bar package is a great favorite and includes two tortillas of your choice (five meat options to choose from) per person along with all the sides you could dream of. Shannon says it simply, “The best queso in Dallas- the taco bar so AMAZING!”
7. On The Border
Top lunch: Classic Combo Fajitas
On The Border is not just for Friday night after hours fun. Bring the mesquite flavor and good vibes of this Tex Mex staple to the office with a catered lunch that will make any work day feel like a party. A perennial favorite, their Classic Combo Fajitas package includes mesquite-grilled chicken and steak fajitas with onions and peppers, served with your choice of sides and all the toppings you need along with their chips, salsa, and guacamole—all made by hand daily. Maggie knows how to keep her team happy, “On The Border is always a fan favorite for group lunches!”
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