Think inside the box: Tasty boxed lunches in all 50 states
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During COVID-19, demand for boxed lunches has increased 500%.
Why are boxed lunches the most sought-after item on ezCater? They are ideal for social distancing: no shared utensils, and people can quickly grab and go.
Our restaurant partners are thinking inside the box and creating some delicious options: spicy buffalo chicken mac and cheese, sweet and savory waffle sandwiches, complex lamb tikka masala.
Here’s a list of tasty boxed lunches in each state (plus Washington D.C.) to safely satisfy any taste.
Find boxed lunches to feed your team or meeting, anywhere in the U.S. (pro tip: be sure to include utensils and a drink so each employee has a complete meal).
Alabama: Melt – Flying Hawaiian Boxed Lunch
Huntsville, AL – $10.00 per person
People love Melt’s generous portions (“it’s a lot of food for the price!”), fresh ingredients, and especially their homemade kettle chips. Choose from eleven delicious grilled sandwiches including the Flying Hawaiian, the Monterey and Habanero Jack, the Patty Melt, and the Mac Melt (for the vegetarians in your group).
Alaska: Sullivan’s Steakhouse – Premium Boxed Lunch with Crab Cake Sandwich
Anchorage, AK – $18.00 per person
Sullivan’s Steakhouse is a favorite for their “great food and presentation,” and their boxed lunches are “always a hit with the office.” You can find crab cake sandwiches or hickory bacon burgers with sides like roasted brussels sprouts or a fresh salad with shallot-dijon dressing – all inside the box.
Arizona: Carmen’s Tamales – Combination Box
Phoenix, AZ – $12.00 per person
Carmen’s Tamales is known for their handmade tamales, enchiladas, tacos, and burritos. According to Dennis in Phoenix, AZ, Carmen’s is “outstanding” and “never disappoints.” And, for just $0.99, you can throw in a cinnamon sugar churro.
Arkansas: Zoës Kitchen – Shrimp Kabob Boxed Lunch
North Little Rock, AR – $9.99 per person
Looking for Mediterranean food that is “always amazing”? Look no further than Zoës Kitchen. Their Shrimp Kabob Boxed Lunch includes two marinated shrimp kabobs, two delicious sides (like turmeric rice and their incredible pasta salad) and one of their famous sauces.
California: The Kebab Shop – The Office Boxed Lunch
San Jose, CA – $11.00 per person
A local favorite, The Kebab Shop’s Mediterranean food is “delicious as always” and “a hit with the team.” The Office Boxed Lunch includes your choice of falafel, carved chicken, carved beef, or chicken kebab, along with saffron rice, greens, tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, and mint. All served with garlic yogurt and spicy chili sauce.
Colorado: The Pasty Republic – The Broccoli-Cheddar Pasty Boxed Lunch
Denver, CO – $10.95 per person
A pasty is a savory handheld pie filled with just about anything, “perfect as a boxed lunch when you are looking for something other than the same old sandwich.” At The Pasty Republic, that translates to ten different tasty pasties, including The Stout Pasty (steak, Gorgonzola, onions, mushrooms, and garlic) and The Broccoli-Cheddar Pasty (broccoli, cheddar, cream cheese, garlic, and onions).
Connecticut: New Haven Salad Shop – Boxed Salad Lunch
New Haven, CT – $12.99 per person
Blue Buffalo Salad? Wasabi Salad? Avocado All Day Salad? Yes please! There are nine more “fresh and delicious” salads to choose from. New Haven Salad Shop’s boxed lunches are perfect for your office lunch, according to Brian in Essex, CT: ”Everyone got what they wanted!”
Delaware: Mad Macs – 6-Cheese Mac Lunch Box
Newark, DE – $12.00 per person
How can you go wrong with mac and cheese that is described as “the best I have ever had!”? Don’t worry: Mad Macs has burger and crispy chicken boxed lunches too. And savory sides like brown sugar and bourbon baked beans and garlic broccoli.
Florida: Tran An Miami – Bánh Mì Sandwich Boxed Lunch
Miami, FL – $12.49 per person
Bánh mì is a Vietnamese sandwich made with a protein, pâté, 5-spice mayo, cucumber, jalapeños, carrots, daikon radish, scallions, and cilantro. And these bánh mì sandwiches are “absolutely delicious.”
Georgia: Tarantino’s Little Italy – Rattlesnake Pasta Boxed Lunch
Savannah, GA – $15.00 per person
Known for their generous portions (“tons of food!”) Tarantino’s Little Italy is an office-pleaser. Your colleagues can choose among six entrees including eggplant parmesan and Rattlesnake pasta (chicken and fettuccine with spicy alfredo sauce). Make sure to have coffee ready as everyone will want an afternoon nap!
Hawaii: Pita Pit – Express Pita Box Lunches
Honolulu, HI – $12.00 per person
Pita Pit is a favorite for their “good selection of options for all types of eating styles” and “awesome service.” Have your salad in a pita, or a pita with your salad. There are seventeen different delicious options to choose from, including the falafel pita and the sriracha chicken pita.
Idaho: JaK*s Place Neighborhood Grill – Beef Pepper JaK Grilled Sandwich Boxed Lunch
Meridian, ID – $12.79 per person
Want a “great change of pace on the traditional sandwich”? Look no further. JaK*s Place offers thirteen creative options, including the Beef Pepper JaK Grilled Sandwich (beef, ghost pepper & cheddar cheese on rye bread). And make sure to save room for the “to die for!’ cookie.
Illinois: Papacito’s Mexican Grille – Papacito’s Boxed Meal
Chicago, IL – $14.99 per person
Papacito’s has hundreds of five-star reviews, and customers say it’s “sooooooo good” and “the crowd favorite for office catering!” Oh, and did we mention the guacamole is homemade? Papacito’s boxed meal includes a taco and a quesadilla, rice, guacamole and chips, and choice of beverage.
Indiana: Tandoor & Tikka – Indian Boxed Lunch
Indianapolis, IN – $11.99 per person
Lois from Indianapolis says, “Trying something a little different than our usual, we ordered Indian box lunches. Our people REALLY liked the change.” The 12 different choices of entree include Indian favorites like Chicken Tikka Masala, Saag Paneer, and Chicken Vindaloo.
Iowa: Sam & Louie’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria – Cavatappi Alfredo Box
Urbandale, IA – $13.00 per person
“Big portions” and reliable “always on-time” service make Sam & Louie’s a go-to for office lunch. Check out the burger box, the lasagna box, and of course the signature Cavatappi Alfredo box (pasta with grilled chicken).
Kansas: Meddys – Wrap Boxed Lunch
Wichita, KS – $8.49 per person
Known for their “super fresh” Mediterranean food, Meddys is “always a hit.” Some tempting options: the chicken kabob wrap, the beef shawarma wrap, and the falafel wrap (for the vegetarians in your group). Sides include fattoush salad, garlic potatoes, and roasted vegetables.
Kentucky: Mark’s Feed Store Bar-B-Q – Sandwich Box Platter
Elizabethtown, KY – $9.99 per person
Locals rave about the BBQ at Mark’s Feed Store. “It tastes like the good lord cooked it himself!” You won’t go hungry: Mark’s features hearty entrees (pulled chicken, pulled pork, and sliced turkey) and sides (potato salad and baked beans).
Louisiana: La Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe – Jambon-Beurre Bistro Box
Lafayette, LA – $11.00 per person
La Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe is known for “delicious food” and “beautiful presentation.” Jackie says “I love how each box was labeled and sealed which prevented the staff from opening the boxes to look inside.” The bakery offers 15 boxed lunch options, including petite lunches (half sandwiches), classic French sandwiches like the Jambon-Beurre Bistro Box (ham, Swiss & butter), and sides from tomato and basil pesto salad to chocolate chunk cookies.
Maine: Moe’s Original BBQ – Fried Shrimp Moe Boy Sandwich Boxed Lunch
South Portland, ME – $10.00 per person
Service, value, and portions so generous you’ll be sure to have leftovers: that’s what distinguishes Moe’s Original BBQ. And you can count on Moe’s to deliver on time. Who can say no to a fried shrimp Moe Boy sandwich or fried catfish sandwich, with mac ‘n cheese and banana puddin’ sides? People dream about the marinated slaw, which some say is the best coleslaw they’ve ever had.
Maryland: Nora’s Kabob and Catering – Kabob Boxed Lunch
Ellicott City, MD – $13.00 per person
A welcome alternative to sandwiches, Nora’s Kabob Boxed lunches come with sides enough to satisfy anyone. Chicken, salmon, shrimp, beef: Nora’s grills them all to create savory boxed lunches. Delicious, healthy food and excellent service makes Nora’s the “go-to” caterer for many offices.
Massachusetts: Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co – 2 Slice Boxed Lunch
Brookline, MA – $10.00 per person
Imagine a pizza lunch that you “never get tired of” and that “never disappoints.” That’s what offices say about Stoked pizza, whether it’s mushroom and onion, pepperoni, or just plain cheese. Stoked accommodates vegans and gluten-free eaters without sacrificing taste.
Michigan: Wicked Mary’s Chicken – Fried Chicken Box
Ann Arbor, MI – $7.25 per person
After something a little different? Wicked Mary’s boxed lunches include deliciousness from fried chicken to fried cod, from mashed potatoes to twisted fries.
Minnesota: La Tapatia – Burrito Boxed Lunch
Saint Paul, MN – $10.50 per person
Professionals love the value and the food from La Tapatia, but above all the service: on-time, reliable, and friendly. Fill a burrito, quesadilla, taco, or torta with deliciousness from Al Pastor (marinated pork with caramelized onion and pineapple) to beer-battered cod with pickled cabbage and choose a side like rice and beans or a fruit bowl.
Mississippi: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Deluxe Box Lunch
Flowood, MS – $10.00 per person
Looking for delicious BBQ that is “hot, fresh, and always on time”? Look no further. The Deluxe Box Lunch comes with your choice of two BBQ favorites, like the turkey, brisket, or pulled pork. Next, pick one of their famous sides: asiago cheese creamed spinach and green beans with bacon are top picks. Throw in chips and a cookie, and you have yourself quite the meal.
Missouri: Crushed Red – Crushed Red Combination Boxed Lunch
Columbia, MO – $11.99 per person
Crushed Red is known for their Folded Flat sandwiches, stuffed with fresh ingredients and served on homemade flatbread. People rave about the Health Nut Salad with spinach, romaine, broccoli, edamame, carrots, almonds, cranberries, and raspberry vinaigrette. And be sure to leave room for dessert — they have delicious brownies!
Montana: Topz Sandwich Company – Topz Box Lunches
Billings, MT – $10.50 per person
Topz Sandwich Company believes that “sandwiches don’t have to be boring,” and they live up to that. For example, try out the Out of Towner with roast beef, parmesan, jalapeños, corn, black beans, and spicy southwest sauce on a French roll.
Nebraska: Mellow Mushroom – Sandwich Box Lunch
Lincoln, NE – $12.00 per person
Professionals in Lincoln, NE “love love love the food and service!” at Mellow Mushroom, especially the creative and delicious pizza. You can get one of seven different sandwiches in your Sandwich Box Lunch, including the California Club (grilled chicken, roasted tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon, avocado, and garlic aioli on multigrain ciabatta bread).
Nevada: Capriotti’s – Cap’s Big Box Lunch
Las Vegas, NV – $9.99 per person
Capriotti’s has the “best sandwiches in town!” and is “always a hit in the office.” The Bobbie (with turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and mayonnaise) is beloved, and the Slaw-Be Jo (with homemade roast beef, coleslaw, provolone, Russian dressing and mayonnaise) is another popular choice.
New Hampshire: Firehouse Subs – Rookie Box Lunch
Manchester, NH – $8.29 per person
New Hampshire professionals love their Firehouse Subs. Meghan says “They are a staple in our office!” The Rookie Box Lunch comes with your choice of six different tasty subs, plus chips and a pickle.
New Jersey: Casa Cubana – Individual Meal Box with Pollo Asado
Jersey City, NJ – $12.00 per person
If you are looking for authentic Cuban food, look no further than Casa Cubana – a place that “always gets it right!” Choose from fourteen different entrees and sandwiches including Pollo Asado, Pollo al mojo, and a classic Cubano sandwich. Next, pick two sides, like rice and beans, sweet plantains, and yuca frita and you’ve got a lunch that people will be talking about for weeks.
New Mexico: Grassburger – Beef Burger Box
Albuquerque, NM – 9.50 per person
Grassburger has (literally) made its name on their awesome grass-fed beef burgers. “The burgers taste great (even the vegan ones!!)” says Barbara. The Beef Burger Box comes with a 100% grass-fed beef patty, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions on a potato bun and potato chips. Black bean burgers, lettuce wraps, and gluten-free buns are also available for anyone in your group with dietary needs.
New York: Baba’s Pierogies – Classic Lunch Box
Brooklyn, NY – $15.00 per person
Why not pierogies for your next lunch? Pierogies are Polish dumplings filled with meat, cheese, or veggies. “Everyone in our office is obsessed with these,” says MR in New York. Baba’s Pierogies offers four different options, including the Sloppy Kielbasy Box Lunch and a Vegan Box Lunch. With the Classic Lunch Box, you choose among eight different types of pierogies from classic potato and cheese to spinach and feta.
North Carolina: The Empanada Factory – 2 Empanada Box
Wake Forest, NC – $8.50 per person
The Empanada Factory specializes in hand-crafted empanadas, dipping sauces, and sides. D in Durham, NC says there are “no leftovers in our office!” when they order from here. Choose among nineteen empanada fillings such as traditional beef and cheese, Popeye (spinach and three cheese blend), or Raleigh (sweet honey BBQ and roast pork).
North Dakota: Red Lobster – Popcorn Shrimp Boxed Lunch
Fargo, ND – $8.49 per person
Why not treat your group to a seafood lunch? Red Lobster’s Popcorn Shrimp Boxed Lunch includes Red Lobster’s signature popcorn shrimp (which they invented!), two sides, and Red Lobster’s infamous Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
Ohio: Taste of Belgium – Ham and Brie Waffle Sandwich, Salad & Cookie Box
Cincinnati, OH – $16.00 per person
We have two words for you: waffle sandwiches. The Sandwich, Salad & Cookie Box from Taste of Belgium comes with your choice of five sandwiches and four salads. Pick from the Ham and Brie Waffle Sandwich (with thinly sliced apples, walnut pesto, and basil) or the Southwestern Waffle Sandwich (with turkey, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, and chipotle). The salads are a treat in themselves – people love the Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad.
Oregon: Pacific Pie Company – Steak and Cheese Pie Box Lunch
Portland, OR – $16.00 per person
Looking to mix it up for your next catering order, how about savory pies from the Pacific Pie Company? “The box lunches are delicious and were perfect for my group!” says Anita in Portland. Pacific Pie Company offers eleven different savory pies, ranging from Steak and Cheese pie, to Lemon Chicken Pie, to a Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s pie – so there’s something for everyone in your group.
Pennsylvania: Koreana – Beef Bulgogi Box
Philadelphia, PA – $13.00 per person
Famous in Rittenhouse Square, Koreana offers fourteen different types of boxed lunches to suit any preference – from Sweet and Sour Tofu to Spicy Pork Galbi. The Beef Bulgogi Box is the most popular choice and includes Beef Bulgogi, dumplings, kimbap, white rice, and a green salad.
Rhode Island: Troop – Pack-A-Bowl Boxed Lunch
Providence, RI – $18.00 per person
Troop consistently makes top 10 lists of Rhode Island restaurants. Until you can once again dine-in and experience what Architectural digest named “The Most Beautifully Designed Bar in Rhode Island”, you can enjoy the Pack-A-Bowl Boxed Lunch, delivered. Each box includes your choice of two bowl types such as chicken and rice, quinoa and greens, or street noodles, and bottled water.
South Carolina: Boxcar Betty’s – Executive Boxed Lunch with Boxcar Sandwich
Charleston, SC – $13.00 per person
“An office favorite! The fried chicken sandwiches are a hit.” raves one happy customer. If you haven’t experienced Boxcar Betty’s for yourself, we recommend starting with the Executive Boxed Lunch. Pick from four different sandwiches (the Boxcar Sandwich is a favorite with pimento cheese, peach slaw, pickles, and spicy mayo) filled with fried chicken, grilled chicken, or a pimento cheese-stuffed portobello mushroom.
South Dakota: Slim Chickens – Slim’s Chicken Sandwich Box
Sioux Falls, ND – $6.99 per person
Sioux Falls professionals put it simply, “We love the chicken sandwiches!” Slim Chickens is committed to supporting local charities and giving back to the community, so this is a Chicken Sandwich Box lunch you can feel good about! Each box includes their famous fried chicken sandwich, ranch chips, and a dessert.
Tennessee: Maple Street Biscuit Company – Signature Biscuit Box with Sticky Maple Sandwich
Nashville, TN – $14.00 per person
As Nashville’s Maple Street Biscuit Company puts it, “It’s not just about a flaky buttermilk biscuit; it’s about what you put inside it.” They’ve raised biscuit sandwiches to an art form that you can experience in the Signature Biscuit Box. Choose from biscuit sandwiches like the Squawking Goat, Sticky Maple, and Chicken Club, select a side and a dessert, and you’ve brought lunch to a whole new level.
Texas: Cisco’s – Lunch Box with Torta
Austin, TX – $9.00 per person
Cisco’s is committed to preserving Austin’s history and serving great food, garnering attention from celebrity diners throughout history including Walter Cronkite, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ben Crenshaw, and Lyndon Johnson. In 2019, Cisco’s building became a Historic Landmark. The breakfast tacos here come highly recommended, but if it’s lunch you’re after, you can’t go wrong with Cisco’s Lunch Box. It includes your choice of bowl, burrito, or torta and comes with chips, salsa, and a praline.
Utah: Curry Up Now – Rice Bowl Boxed Lunch
Midvale, UT – $13.50 per person
Curry Up Now started as a single food truck back in 2009, but as their popularity grew, so did their presence. Today, they are five trucks and three restaurants strong and a lunchtime go-to for locals in the Midvale area. Their Rice Bowl Boxed Lunch will spice up your day with your choice of six Indian entrees and a seasonal salad.
Vermont: Moe’s Southwest Grill – Burrito Box
South Burlington, VT – $10.50 per person
Burlington area professionals are fans of the Burrito Box at Moe’s Southwest Grill. As Moe’s puts it, “Events may have changed, but our burrito boxes have remained the same. Even better, we’ll deliver and set-up your individually packaged boxes, so all you have to do is order.” Each box includes a burrito with all the fixings, chips and salsa, and a cookie.
Virginia: Mahana Fresh – Ono Box
Charlottesville, VA – $11.00 per person
Mahana Fresh offers a taste of the tropics for Charlottesville locals. The lunchtime Ono Box lets you build whatever bowl you’re in the mood for, from coconut rice with chicken and sweet potato to Ahi tuna with sesame-ginger broccoli and forbidden rice. Each box comes with a base, two vegetables, a protein, sauce, and a cookie. Rumor has it that the honey-sriracha Brussels sprouts are not to be missed.
Washington: Pinto Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar
Seattle, WA – $15.50 per person
Seattle’s Pinto Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar is a favorite with local offices, who rave about the freshness of everything from the sushi to the noodle dishes. Monica from Seattle says “My team is always happy when I order from here.” Pinto Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar offers six different kinds of box lunches, but Pinto’s Chicken Pad Thai Boxed Lunch is a must-have. Each box includes chicken pad thai, two chicken gyoza, and steamed vegetables.
Washington D.C.: Sushi Keiko – Shrimp Tempura Box
Washington, D.C. – $15.00 per person
If brown bag lunches had a more sophisticated older cousin, it would be the bento box, and Sushi Keiko does bento right. In addition to traditional bento offerings like tonkatsu and salmon teriyaki, Sushi Keiko offers a vegetarian option and a sashimi box for sushi lovers. Our top pick is the popular Shrimp Tempura box, which includes two tempura-battered shrimp, assorted vegetables, two fried gyoza, a green salad, steamed rice, and miso soup.
West Virginia: Honey Baked Ham – Specialty Sandwich Boxed Lunches with BBQ Smoked Stacker
Charleston, WV – $9.78 per person
Honey Baked Ham has been crafting sandwiches since 1957, so when it comes to sandwich boxed lunches, they deliver on a classic. Choose a specialty sandwich like the Tavern Club or BBQ Smoked Stacker, or opt for lighter fare with the salad boxed lunch option. Either way, kettle chips and a cookie will round out your lunch break and leave you feeling satisfied and ready to tackle the afternoon.
Wisconsin: McBob’s Pub and Grill – Spicy Chicken BLT Wrap Box Lunch
Milwaukee, WI – $9.75 per person
McBob’s Pub and Grill is one of those hidden gems you hope to discover in your neighborhood. The Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo is the stuff of local legends. As Pam in Milwaukee puts it, “Love, love, love McBob’s! Excellent food and top-notch customer service.” Boxed lunch offerings here include a corned beef sandwich and a Philly cheese and beef, but the Spicy Chicken BLT Wrap Box Lunch takes the prize as most popular. Each box contains a Sriracha-infused spicy chicken BLT wrap, your choices of a side, cookie, and a pickle.
Wyoming: Smiling Moose Deli – Premium Box with Kale Caesar Salad
Gillette, WY – $12.00 per person
Known for their salads and soft, fresh bread, Smiling Moose is a local office favorite for breakfast and lunch. Michelle raves: “Smiling Moose has delicious salads that our office enjoys! They are always on time!” Smiling Moose offers a variety of box lunches, including gluten-free options. The Premium Box lunch includes a choice of sandwich, wrap, or salad, their signature house-made apple slaw, chips, and a cookie.
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