Category Archives: BBQ

Windy City Pizza and BBQ Summer COVID Service Update

The Windy City Pizza and BBQ team continues to be deeply gratified and humbled by the strong support our San Mateo and Mid-Peninsula community has given us as we work through this global pandemic.

We are so heartened seeing the familiar faces of our long-term loyal regulars for “no contact” pick and curbside orders. And – to our delight – we are welcoming countless new customers, which inspires all of us during these tough times. This steady flow of business keeps the fires lit in our pizza oven and Texas BBQ pit!

Nothing is better than hearing that our pizza and BBQ are exactly the comfort food our customers crave as we all work through the unsettled environment caused by the pandemic. We promise to keep the fires lit! You keep ordering, and we’ll keep cooking! Continue reading Windy City Pizza and BBQ Summer COVID Service Update

Ensuring Customer and Food Safety during the Coronavirus Crisis

During the weeks of sheltering in place, folks are ordering food to take a break from cooking, and to support local restaurants like Windy City. We very much appreciate all the support we have received from our loyal customers. But it’s natural to be concerned about the safety of ordering in food while trying to practice social distancing to stay healthy.

As quoted in an April 13 article on the Food Network:

“Health authorities affirm that there is no evidence that food or food packaging is causing the spread of coronavirus,” said Tamika Sims, PhD, Director of Food Technology Communications at the International Food Information Council (IFIC).

These are the precautions Windy City is taking to ensure our customers are protected during no-contact order pickup:

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Why Your Staff Will Love Lunch Catering from Windy City Pizza and BBQ

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Catered Office Lunches Are More Than Just a Free Meal for Employees

Lunch catering is a great way to motivate and inspire your employees, bring them all together and and show them some appreciation. Whether you choose lunch catering or pizza delivery, when you want the best pizza in San Mateo, choose Windy City Pizza and BBQ.

Some of the benefits of feeding the team a fresh, wholesome lunch include: Continue reading Why Your Staff Will Love Lunch Catering from Windy City Pizza and BBQ

Why Windy City Pizza and BBQ is the Place to Watch the NBA Playoffs

There’s nothing like watching your favorite team in the NBA Playoffs while enjoying some of the best pizza in San Mateo. With five big screen TVs strategically positioned throughout our dining room, 10 beers on tap (plus wine and champagne), and a menu the whole family can agree on, Windy City Pizza and BBQ is the place to watch your favorite games. Continue reading Why Windy City Pizza and BBQ is the Place to Watch the NBA Playoffs

Why Windy City Pizza and BBQ Gift Cards Make the Perfect Gift

Pizza and BBQ is a Gift Anyone Will Enjoy

Windy City Pizza and BBQ gift cards make a great gift for friends and family this holiday season, and anytime that you need a versatile and appreciated gift or gesture. The food, the atmosphere, and the service at Windy City are what you would expect and demand for those that you care about… If you have not yet visited Windy City Pizza and BBQ, now is the time to come try us out! Continue reading Why Windy City Pizza and BBQ Gift Cards Make the Perfect Gift

How Lunch Catering Boosts Office Morale and Productivity

4 Reasons to Provide Lunch Catering to Your Staff

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Offering your employees lunch catering every week is one of the best ways to motivate them and boost their productivity. Recent studies have shown that employees value this “free gift” and will consider working for a company that provides it. Eventually, the cost of the lunches will be recovered in multiple folds. The increase in employee motivation helps them produce more positive results, thereby improving the company’s bottom line. Here are a few of the reasons why your company should consider offering your employees a catered lunch on a regular basis. Continue reading How Lunch Catering Boosts Office Morale and Productivity

Cooking and Smoking Texas Smokehouse BBQ

Best BBQ Cooking Techniques

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When it comes to barbecue, “low and slow” is the best term used to describe the cooking process. Low and slow is important because meat such as brisket and pork butts are fairly large and should be cooked at low temperatures, for long periods of time. This is key since it ensures that the outside portion is not overcooked while waiting for the internal portion to reach its ideal temperature. Smoking large pieces of meat using lower temperatures results in longer cooking times, but produces juicy, delicious cuts of meat. Continue reading Cooking and Smoking Texas Smokehouse BBQ

5 Reasons Windy City Pizza and BBQ Gift Card Makes the Perfect Gift

Give the Gift of Pizza and BBQ this Holiday

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This is the time of the year when everyone is rushing to find the perfect gift. If you’re having a hard time deciding what to get those on your list that are hard to buy for, consider opting for a gift card to Windy City Pizza and BBQ. If they like pizza or BBQ, you’re gifting them the best pizza in San Mateo, and the best Texas BBQ west of the Lone Star State. Our farm-fresh ingredients, Italian sausage, Farmer’s Market tomatoes, Grande cheese and artisanal flour make our mouthwatering pizzas authentically delicious. Continue reading 5 Reasons Windy City Pizza and BBQ Gift Card Makes the Perfect Gift

Best Drinks to Pair with BBQ

Beer and BBQ Never Tasted So Good

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If you’re a lover of ribs, brisket, Texas ‘Q – or any meat that’s cooked using only the hot smoke from post-oak logs – you understand the importance of complementing your meal with the perfect drink. This is a complex process with lots of room for trial and error. Since we serve the best BBQ in San Mateo, we want to make it easy for you to enjoy barbecue to the fullest, every time you eat it. Skip the food pairing blunders and remember the following when you’re ready to order a drink with your rack of ribs.

3 Best Recommendations for Pairing Beverages with Barbecue:

Beer

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘Beer and BBQ’ — especially when discussing cookouts with friends or neighbors. With beer, think about the style of barbeque and the way it was seasoned and cooked. Mustard-based sauces for barbecue pair well with American IPA, while Texas slow-cooked beef brisket and pork ribs work great with a local brew or beers with malty and hoppy tones. If you’re indulging in some Kansas City style barbecue, try it with Belgian Dubbel or a beer with undertones of fruity sweetness.

Wine

Beth von Benz, wine consultant at mvbconsulting.com, explains food and wine tasting and pairing the best. “When pairing wines with barbecue, a good way to start is to match a dominant component in the sauce or style, keeping in mind what type of meat is used, and find a similar element in a particular wine.” For pairing Texas barbecue, keep the smoky beef flavor in mind and consider a plummy Italian red with high acidity. Sangiovese or Shiraz could compliment this style of bbq very well.

Soda

It can’t get much simpler than this. You can get soda at pretty much any restaurant you visit. Too simple? If you want to be more creative, try only drinking sodas that are specific to the region where the bbq was created. For example, if your grubbing on some Texan ‘Q, wash it down with a soda from Dublin Bottling Works, which is based out of that Lone Star state. You might discover a unique combination of flavors when you look at pairing from a geographical point of view.

[See Also: A Field Guide to Regional BBQ Styles in America]

Try These Pairings Today at Windy City Pizza and BBQ

Whether it’s beer and barbecue, or you prefer wine or something without alcohol, visit us today to try these pairings. We encourage you to give them a try and see how enjoyable your next BBQ experience can be. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area and looking for some tasty Texas smokehouse barbecue, visit Windy City Pizza and BBQ — the best of all San Mateo barbecue restaurants — or order BBQ delivery for a quick and easy meal. Give us a call today at (650) 578-1942 or order online!