What’s Hot in the Philadelphia Catering and Restaurant Scene
- Christina Mueller
- 5 Min Read
With its charming mix of old establishments and trendy hotspots, the Philadelphia restaurant scene is a longtime east coast favorite. The City of Brotherly Love will always be hailed for its famous cheesesteaks, authentic pizza, and scrapple (a tasty regional breakfast treat) but, these days, Philadelphia caterers are expanding beyond those hallmarks into more adventurous cuisine. In fact, U.S. News and World Report just named Philadelphia as the second best place to visit in the country, mentioning what they described as the city’s recent “culinary makeover”. Here are some exciting new Philadelphia catering and food trends that will spice up your next meeting or event.
Duck 3 Ways
Philly takes its waterfowl seriously and quite a few spots on the Philadelphia restaurant scene keep a duck dish on the menu to sate local appetite. Sang Kee Noodle House has been a Chinatown favorite for decades. Their sweet, lacquered, roasted ducks are delicious whole or stuffed into handheld rolls.
With a touch of elegance, The Dandelion’s Chicken and Duck Liver Parfait will meet the expectations of the Julia Child set. Meanwhile, Morimoto adds grandeur to the old standby with Duck Nabe Udon, roasted duck breast, udon noodle, and oyster mushroom. But duck doesn’t have to be fussy – the Duck Duck Duck fried rice with duck egg and mandarin oolong reduction, is also outrageously popular.
Vegan and Vegetarian Twists on Classics
To the delight of the health-conscious and allergen-aware, a new trend in Philadelphia catering is to transform favorite comfort dishes into guilt-free cuisine. Witness the popularity of the Couch Tomato Catering’s Atomic Veggie Sandwich, topped with sun-dried tomatoes, farmer’s cheese, avocado, and pesto mayo. If Asian food is in order, don’t miss the scallion pancakes at Su Xing House. Their menu transforms traditionally meat-centric dishes, like beef with black bean sauce, to savory vegetarian and vegan alternatives. For more traditional breakfast fare, the Vegan Breakfast Buffet at Frankie’s on Fairview swaps eggs for seasoned tofu scramble.
For vegan and gluten-free catering with Mediterranean flair try Zoe’s Kitchen. This beloved wholesome caterer does a brisk business in chicken sandwiches but it’s the spiced vegetarian kabobs and an Israeli-inspired cauliflower rice bowl (protein toppers available) that have customers talking.
The Pita Wrap
The foods of the Mediterranean are popular, in part, due to their keen focus on vegetables. But one of the most popular dishes gripping Philadelphia catering is the Mediterranean answer to the sandwich: the pita wrap. Driven by both the fast-casual movement and professionals’ need for grab-and-go meals, Philadelphia’s freshest takes on the sandwich come with this Greek or Mediterranean twist. For Middle Eastern flavor, The Pita Chip caters a shawarma wrap tray, a popular assortment of beef shawarma, chicken shawarma, and vegetarian falafel wraps. At Lale Turkish, the chicken and lamb gyro pita wraps arrive with all-American coleslaw and a pickle while at Tabouli, wraps are gilded with chopped cucumber, tomato, and cabbage.
Corn Makes a Comeback
For all the thrills in ethnic cuisine, a few chefs on the Philadelphia restaurant scene have been getting creative with a humble ingredient: corn. With kernels sourced from a local mill, Just Salad keeps it simple, serving a savory popcorn side to its popular custom salad bar and avocado toast platters. For a full-bodied entree, Common Wealth Old City serves up a classic Low Country breakfast with shrimp and grits with scrambled eggs and cheddar biscuits. And the gluten-free set, especially, will appreciate that Honest Tom’s Taco Shop includes corn tortillas on its Taco Party Bar.
The Philadelphia restaurant scene is always on the move. Find a Philly caterer serving up the latest.