The Fort Lauderdale Catering Scene Heats Up Broward County
- Meredith Bethune
- 3 Min Read
This charming seaside Florida town has some of the best beaches in the state, and that’s saying quite a bit. While its natural beauty remains the main attraction, the Fort Lauderdale restaurant scene is heating up with a slew of new openings according to Eater. All these new options, of course, benefit the city’s catering scene. Use this list of 10 restaurants that offer the best catering in Fort Lauderdale to quickly place your next catering order, so you can leave more time for fun in the sun.
1. Culinary Affairs (Griffin Rd, Fort Lauderdale)
It should be no surprise that owner Dominick Del Pozzo, a first-generation Italian from Naples, gets rave reviews for his fresh pasta dishes like Penne Marinara or Fiocchi Carbonara, as well as hot entrees like Chicken Marsala and Grilled Basil Chicken. But his catering company can also accommodate those early morning meetings with their fabulous Classic American Breakfast that includes scrambled eggs, homefries, croissants or bagels, and your choice of meat like applewood bacon, turkey bacon, country sausage, or ham.
2. P.F. Chang’s (E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale)
This nationwide chain garners consistent accolades for its excellent customer service and delivery that always makes setup quick and easy. The restaurant’s history is rooted in tradition— Storied restaurateur Celia Chang opened her Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1960’s, and then her son, Philip, followed suit to bring these food traditions to the entire country. Sweet and salty Mongolian chicken or beef is always a crowd-pleasing dish, as are and their signature Lettuce Wraps or Mandarin Crunch salad.
3. Carcione’s Pizza (Davie Blvd, Fort Lauderdale)
As one of the best catering spots in Fort Lauderdale, Carcione’s Pizza has built its reputation on giant 20-inch pizzas that always arrive hot and fresh. Feed a crowd on a budget and in a hurry with a round of their cheese, BBQ chicken, or extravagant al Carne pizzas topped with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, ham, bacon, and extra cheese. If you’ve already tried all ten of their different pizzas, then maybe it’s time to give one of their pasta dishes a whirl. Their famous lasagna, topped with gooey melted cheese, is available in full or half trays and comes with garlic rolls.
4. Boston Market (N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale)
Lure everyone to the next meeting with the smell of freshly roasted chicken, turkey, or meatloaf wafting from the conference room. This popular chain has been at it for more than 30 years, ever since two buddies living in Massachusetts began cooking whole birds on a rotisserie. Order lunch in an instant with the Boston Carver Sandwich Platter that arrives piled high with Roasted Chicken, Roasted Turkey, Chicken Salad, and Vegetarian Carver sandwiches on rolls and cut into halves. Another great option is the Build-Your-Own Chicken Hot Buffet served with cornbread and your choice of two sides. Don’t forget to order more fudge brownies than you think you’ll need— those irresistible sweet treats always disappear in an instant.
5. Thai Spice (1514 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale)
This beloved pan-Asian restaurant by chef and owner Michael Tatton is also a full-service caterer. Customers love the crispy Thai spring rolls bursting with chicken and vegetables, and, of course, the Pad Thai. If you’re looking for something a little different, you can’t go wrong with the Chicken with Cashew Nuts, Sweet and Sour Pork, Shrimp with Mixed Vegetables, and the Vegetable Curry.
6. Moe’s Southwest Grill (W. Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale)
This Georgia-based chain offers some of the best catering in Fort Lauderdale and consistently satisfies with its flavorful Southwestern fare. The fresh Taco Salad or Fajita Bars always make for a festive event, and both come with your choice of all-natural meats like ground beef, pulled pork, chicken, steak, and even tofu. While customers love these buffet options, side dishes like mini burritos, queso, and their famous guacamole (handcrafted in-house daily with Hass avocados, diced tomatoes, chopped onions, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime), are can’t-miss items in their own right.
7. Sarpino’s Pizzeria (E. Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale)
Sarpino’s Pizzeria is known for some of the best catering in Fort Lauderdale for a reason— their pasta dishes, pies, and salads are always made with the highest-quality ingredients like slow-cooked tomato sauce, savory meats, top-quality cheeses, and fresh vegetables. Get the best of everything with the Pizza, Pasta & Salad catering package that arrives with your choice of four large pizzas and pasta, along with a garden salad and your choice of dressing. For an extra special treat, end on a sweet note with a whole cheesecake. You’ll see right away why it’s one of the very best on the Fort Lauderdale catering scene.
8. California Pizza Kitchen(N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale)
California Pizza Kitchen is, of course, renowned for their hearth-baked pizzas like The Original BBQ Chicken. Other favorite pies like the Thai Chicken, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, and Carne Asada even have a global influence. But the fresh and hearty salads are the real sleeper hit— The Original Chopped BBQ and Thai Crunch salads practically rival their corresponding pizzas in popularity. Complete the meal with a Sweets Platter that includes brownies, white chocolate macadamia nut, rocky road, snickerdoodle, and chocolate chunk cookies.
9. Yeung House (N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale)
For some of the best Fort Lauderdale catering, look no further than this local Chinese and Japanese standby that serves up generous portions at excellent value. You can’t go wrong with takeout classics like crispy Egg Rolls, Side Salad with ginger dressing, Beef with Mushrooms and Snow Peas, and, of course, Chicken and Broccoli. The food always arrives steaming hot, unless, of course, you go raw. Choose from plenty of fresh sushi rolls including Rainbow, California, Eel.
10. Agave Taco Bar(N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale)
Founder Ivan Alarcon, originally from Monterrey, Mexico, shows off his passion for authentic Mexican cuisine, especially street tacos, at this local chain where the flavorful chicken is legendary. Feed a large party with the Taco Bar, lettuce, pico de gallo, queso fresco, crema, fresh tortillas, and your choice of meat. The entire package, which also comes with Mexican rice, tortilla chips, and your choice of beans and salsa, is always a showstopper.
Make ordering easy in sunny Fort Lauderdale with one of these tried and true catering spots. There are plenty of options to keep the crowd happy!