Food enthusiasts around the country are flocking to Chicago since Bon Appétit declared it 2017’s best restaurant city of the year. That means the Windy City has tons of great options for dinner, and local delicacies like Chicago-style hot dogs, jibarito, deep-dish pizza, and Italian beef are ideal for lunch. But don’t forget about breakfast, the most important meal of the day that will keep your team fueled throughout the workday. Chicago has it all, from breakfast tacos to Indian-inspired pizzas topped with eggs. And don’t forget the stacks of fluffy pancakes. Here are the ten caterers making the best breakfast in Chicago.
The Purple Pig (N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago)
Start your day with a taste of the Mediterranean. The Purple Pig specializes in the flavors of Italy, Greece, and Spain with convenient catering packages like the Cured Meat Boat piled high with a selection of mortadella, spicy soppressata, cacciatorini salami, and delectable jamón serrano.
Baba Pita (W. Taylor Street, Chicago)
Look no further than Baba Pita for Chicago breakfast catering that can feed a crowd while also accommodating special diets. Have breakfast the Middle Eastern way and dip some warm pita bread into an order of smoky baba ghanoush or zesty hummus. The orbs of falafel crackle with every bite, revealing a soft interior studded with fresh green herbs. Your team is guaranteed to leave ready to tackle the rest of the workday.
Jarabe (W. Taylor Street, Chicago)
On Chicago’s west side, brothers Teddy and Alexis Vejar make the best breakfast in Chicago, Mexican-style. Their famous breakfast taco bar, heaving with everything you need to build your own breakfast tacos, always arrives right on time. It includes your choices of three fillings like eggs, spicy chorizo, or savory beans and an impressive array of homemade salsas, cheeses, and pickled vegetables.
Babycakes Gourmet (N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago)
Owner Leah Cox is the chef behind Babycakes Gourmet, famous for an array of savory and sweet pancakes. She also earns raves for “egg-o-cados” (baked halved avocados filled with herbs and egg), mini frittatas, and that signature candied maple bacon. There’s also continental breakfast and Lox ‘N’ Smear with plain mini bagels with chive cream cheese, cucumber, smoked salmon, capers, and fresh dill.
Bourgeois Pig Cafe (W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago)
Your team will clamor for these crowd-pleasing breakfast items like refreshing fruit and berries, luscious quiche Lorraine, and breakfast burritos plump with crispy bacon, fluffy scrambled eggs, melted Jack cheese, salsa, tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro. Even better, the staff is always friendly, helpful, and willing to help set up the food.
Lakeview Rewired Cafe (N. Broadway, Chicago)
You can’t go wrong with Lakeview Rewired Cafe, famous for its fresh-baked pastries. Locals rave about the scones in unexpected flavors like goat cheese and pesto, spinach and feta, and quiche Lorraine. The pear-brie danish and peanut butter and jelly croissant also shouldn’t be missed, and a box of coffee is the perfect accompaniment.
Great Harvest Bread Co. (Central Street, Evanston)
It should be no surprise that this Evanston institution, beloved for its fresh-baked bread still warm from the oven, is a top pick for Chicago breakfast catering. The Executive Breakfast Package comes with your choice of baked goods like moist chocolate chip muffins, cinnamon-scented zucchini bread, or fruity mixed-berry scone.
Bombay Joe’s (N. Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn)
For something a little different, Bombay Joe’s does a fun and unique take on breakfast that can still feed a crowd. Order a round of Fresh Start Pizzas like the Indo-American topped with scrambled eggs, sausage, seasoned potatoes, cilantro, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and cheese, or the All-Salmon with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, onions, boiled eggs, tomatoes, and cheese.
Catering Made Simple (Fleetwood Drive, Elgin)
For a good old-fashioned breakfast, you have to try Catering Made Simple. The Simple Rise & Shine package is always packed with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, sausage links, cheesy hash brown potato casserole, and biscuits with butter and jelly, and fresh brewed coffee.
Breakfast by Atolito (N. Broadway Street, Chicago)
For breakfast with ease, you can’t go wrong with Atolito. The Hot Breakfast Package comes with cheesy eggs, scrambled eggs, ranchero eggs, french toast, pancakes, chicken apple sausage, fruit, and orange juice. The breakfast joint also get raves for on-time delivery and ease of set-up and clean-up.
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