This post is the first in our new blog series: America’s best lunch catering. In this series, we’ll cover what America has to offer for office lunch catering including the best salads, soups, burgers and bowls.
Today, we’re covering America’s most popular, convenient and easy lunch menu item: the sandwich.
The mastery and genius behind the sandwich are simple: two slices of bread easily contain all of the sauces, vegetables, meats and dairy products necessary for a well-balanced meal. No cutlery, plates, napkins or fuss. All of your proteins, carbs, vitamins, minerals and vegetables are together in one handy package.
Sandwiches can be served at a royal high tea or be eaten with dirty, snotty hands in an elementary school sandbox. Your mom made them. The world’s best chefs make them. They’re classless and timeless.
Before we look at America’s best lunch catering—and where to get it—let’s bite further into the Sammy.
A brief history of the sandwich
Sandwiches, as we know them to be today, are said to be named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792). This British statesman was a notorious gambler. One day, he was said to be gambling for more than 24hrs without a break and asked for food. He was given shaved cold beef and two slices toast. He assembled it together in the first-ever recorded sandwich and made it popular among upper classes—and soon countries like America followed suit.
Sandwiches were, in fact, around long before he coined the term and made them popular. Ancient Greeks and Mediterranean people served pita bread and small sandwiches as delicate finger food and a convenient way to contain food.
America’s best lunch catering: Sandwiches
Let’s make ourselves hungry, shall we? Here are the most ridiculously delicious sandwiches in cities across the U.S.—and where to get them for your office lunch catering.
This local southern BBQ joint does a mean low n’ slow Sammy. After 14 hours of slow smoking this brisket, G. C. BBQ slops on a demi-glaze, chipotle aioli and melts on swiss cheese. This hot mess is served in a potato bun. Yum.
(Source: Bellina Alimentari)
Italians took sandwiches to the next level with their warm, grilled, melty-cheese paninis. If your ordering lunch catering for meat eaters, pepper a few of Bellina Alimentari’s mortadella paninis in there. This grilled Italian meat Sammy is in a delicious Schiacciata bread (squashed Tuscan flatbread basically) with pickled banana peppers, Castleveltrano olives, Tucker farm arugula and mayo.
Serving a group of sandwich lovers for your lunch catering? One of these BBQ sandwich packages feeds ten people with your choice of brisket, pulled chicken or pulled pork. It comes with buns, sauces and two classic sides like baked beans and slaw and two contemporary sides like mac n’ cheese and garlic green beans. In other words, it’s all the fixings you need for a DIY Sammy.
Let’s get to some fresh and light vegetarian sandwiches, shall we? Walton’s Fancy & Staple in Austin has a delicious veggie sandwich that your staff will crave for days. It has goat cheese, tomato, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, onion, spinach and a balsamic reduction with smashed avocado all packed into multigrain or sourdough bread. Talk about a well-balanced meal. They also have this in an office platter option with pickles, cookies, chips and fruit salad on the side. Easy and healthy lunch catering.
(Source: Fricano’s Deli)
Looking for sandwich platters to serve a group? Fricano’s Deli in Austin has so many delicious sandwiches to choose from—but let’s talk about an all-time classic: ham and cheese. Fricano’s Ham and Cheese Sandwich Platter serves 10-15 people (depending on how hungry everyone is) with Virginia ham, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, purple onion slices, honey mustard and a secret rocket sauce on sourdough bread. Or, do the same in a snack lunch and get individual Sammys served with a pickle, a bag of Zapp’s Chips a house-made chocolate chip cookie. Perfect.
As the name would imply, Zeps Epiq Sandwiches are nothing less than epic. If you’re looking for fun lunch catering that your team will love you for, send a Foodee TEAM ORDER link to this restaurant and have them choose what they want to eat from there. We recommend the Pueblo Cheesesteak with its American cheese, steak, chicken or tofu and mushrooms, hatch green chiles, sautéed onions, tomato and mayo on a baguette. This one is best for a spicy Friday lunch.
Subculture is in the businesses specifically to make artfully crafted sandwiches. You can trust these will be good—it’s been said that they have the best subs in Denver. They also know how to serve a huge group a lot of yummy Sammy’s. Try the Yaya platter with its classic take on the turkey, avocado, Swiss cheese, tomato, mayo and lettuce sandwich. The Monte Cubano platter is also a hit with its meaty combo of ham and turkey, pickle, mustard, Swiss cheese and garlic mayo sauce. Throw in a few salads with protein peppered on top and everyone’s fed and happy.