Food can be the special reward that gets you through a busy week, nourishment for an individual lifestyle, something comforting that evokes childhood memories, or an opportunity to travel somewhere else in the world with your tastebuds. Meals mean different things to different people at different times and, our tastes are deeply personal. But there's a common thread for all of us – really good food makes us happy.
At Fooda, we scour the streets for the best food trucks, trendy restaurants, hidden gem mom and pops, popular favorites, and dedicated caterers. Making the connection between them and people who appreciate their food is our passion.
lets us look forward to something different. For a lot of us, it's what keeps lunch exciting
comes from awesome ingredients and care in preparation. It delights taste buds and makes people feel good
comes from chefs who create dishes influenced by their own personal stories and experiences
options give us the fuel we need to accomplish the lifestyle goals we care about. It should be within reach when you want it, even when you're at work
Fooda partners with fantastic local chefs and catering businesses. A small handful are highlighted here.
In 1992 Barbara “Sky” Burrell left the corporate world to open Sky’s Gourmet Tacos. Her vision was to serve Mexican food with a splash of soul. After 27 years, countless awards, and an appearance on the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” Sky’s is still going strong. Fan favorites include carnitas, grilled chicken, and boneless rib tacos, but there are meatless options too. In fact, Sky’s takes great care with vegan and vegetarian dishes, keeping ingredients separate in the kitchen and using an entirely different grill to prepare them. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t forget her famous cheesecake; it comes in a variety of flavors including mango and pineapple.
Chef Franco studied at Le Cordon Bleu and New York’s International Culinary Center. As the owner of Baby Brasa Organic, Chef Franco is famous for his rotisserie chicken that’s marinated for 24 hours in a unique blend of Peruvian spices. He also features simple sides and starters including yuca fries, which are best consumed with a spicy yellow Huancaina dipping sauce, and mango salad with arugula, cucumber, sesame seeds, avocado, and ginger miso dressing. Fun fact - Chef Franco moonlights as an underwear model! Many of his dishes here have a health-conscious bent and he draws upon his own eating habits when designing the menu.
Chef Niki grew up in Thailand learning to cook alongside her mother. There she learned the importance of working with fresh, seasonal ingredients. At 26 Thai Kitchen, she and her team prepare MSG-free and authentic Thai curries and noodle dishes from scratch. Lunch made by Chef Niki is always a Fooda favorite.
Authentic Argentinian Empanadas in Chicago
Named after the international dialing code for Buenos Aires, Argentina, 5411 Empanadas started as one of the first food trucks in Chicago. Its founders believe in bringing people together around great authentic food and ensure this by using locally sourced ingredients, authentic recipes and innovative cooking techniques. 5411 has since taken over Chicago with five locations and is now bringing their sweet and savory empanadas to Houston and Miami.
Traditional Mexican Food with Modern Influences in New York City
Head chef Jesse "El Jefe" Perez believes in real, authentic food. The James Beard Award-nominated chef ensures that every item on his menu is created 100% from scratch, and flavored with handpicked spices imported directly from Texas. The restaurant's "All Natural, All the Time" vision means that all of their meats are fed with an all-vegetarian diet and are raised free of antibiotics. It should come as no surprise that Fooda customers voted Oxido the "Best Lunch in New York."
Indian Soul Food in Los Angeles
Who says Indian comfort food can't be healthy? Urban Masala's owners have crafted an entire menu out of the dishes they grew up with, updating their favorite traditional recipes with fresh, locally sourced items. From deliciously rich curries and masala bowls to perfectly made pakora dishes and samosas, the flavors of India take center stage. Vegetarian and vegan items always available, as are halal meat options.
Old Fashioned Pit Barbecue for Wherever You Roam
In 1941, Travis Dickey came home from the war and opened a small barbecue restaurant in Dallas, Texas. The menu was small then: brisket, ham, barbecue beans, potato chips, milk and beer. Dickey's has since grown from that humble barbecue stop to the nation's largest barbecue chain. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each of its nearly 600 restaurants across 44 states. The family-run organization still serves the classics with 'No B.S. (Bad Stuff)' included.
Nationwide "Health Casual" Eatery
Carefully balanced flavors from real, nourishing ingredients result in the freshest possible meals. LYFE Kitchen offers a diverse and tasty selection of lean-protein entrees, artfully composed salads, sandwiches, bowls, share-ables, and unique beverages, with something for every taste. This "health casual" approach to dining means you can actually feel good about giving into your cravings.
The Freshest Traditional Middle Eastern Cuisine in New York City
Dedicated to using only the most wholesome, highest-quality, preservative-free ingredients, Chickpea brings a new level of freshness to traditional Middle Eastern food. This dedication to quality extends into every aspect of their food, proudly proclaiming their signature dishes to be "Always Baked and Never Fried!" Chickpea is working to become the only kabob restaurant to offer all-organic food in 2017. Healthy food has never tasted so good.
Los Angeles' ultimate deli
For classic deli favorites with inspired presentation, look no further than Carvery Kitchen. All dishes on the menu are made from scratch, baked and cooked on location. Their commitment to quality also means no GMOs in their ingredients, and they never use processed meats. In fact, Carvery Kitchen roasts all of their own meats. With next-level condiments like herb aioli and cranberry-chili chutney, every dish is uniquely delicious.
Organic juice and smoothies in Chicago
What happens when you turn the best organic produce into fresh, delicious juice and smoothies? You get naturally energized employees ready to take on the day. Founded in Chicago, Herb-N-Juice Co. is an eco-friendly mobile juice truck on a mission to provide nourishing, tasty beverages for companies who want both happy workers and a smaller carbon footprint.
Bold Vietnamese flavors in Boston
Some would call SA PA an authentic Vietnamese restaurant but owner Ky Nguyen wouldn’t. That’s because his menu was designed to combine Vietnamese flavors and French cooking styles with an eye on what would satisfy and excite American palates. The result is a very popular noodle soup that’s earned SA PA the Single Best Lunch award three years in a row.
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