Category Archives: Chicago Style Hot Dogs

Fun Facts for National Hot Dog Month 

July is National Hot Dog Month

Classic Chicago Style Hot Dogs in San Mateo

Over the 4th of July weekend, Americans consume approximately 155 million hot dogs – an obvious reason why July has been named National Hot Dog Month. In honor of this nationwide event, Windy City Pizza and BBQ rounded up these fun and little-known hot dog facts:

  • Originally known as beef frankfurters or sausages, sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan coined the name ‘hot dogs’ at a 1901 New York baseball game.
  • Most adults prefer mustard on their dogs, while children prefer ketchup. Some even believe that ketchup shouldn’t be used on hot dogs by anyone over 18!
  • The Vienna Beef Company first served their dogs at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and opened their first store on Halsted a year later.
  • In 1928, Vienna retired its horse-drawn carriages, replacing them with a motorized fleet.
  • The Great Depression saw the creation of the Chicago-style hot dog. Starting with a Vienna hot dog in a steamed sesame seed bun, the dog is topped with yellow mustard, green relish, chopped onions, tomato wedges, a kosher-style pickle spear, some spicy sport peppers and finished with a dash of celery salt. It is a meal on a bun, and it cost only a nickel during the 1930’s.
  • By the late 1950s, Vienna beef hot dogs “dragged through the garden” are popular throughout Chicago and its suburbs.

So why are we spending time laying out this encyclopedic information about this popular, classic American food? Because we make the best Chicago-style dogs in the Bay Area, using real Vienna beef hot dogs, and we want our customers to understand where these traditions originated!

Get Your Vienna Beef Chicago Dog Right Here in San Mateo

Our San Mateo restaurant also serves incredible Chicago-style pizza and Texas smokehouse barbecue. We offer indoor and outdoor dog-friendly seating (pun intended), online ordering and lunch specials. Visit us today to celebrate National Hot Dog Month! Windy City Pizza and BBQ is conveniently located off highway 92 and El Camino Real, at 35 Bovet Road in San Mateo, CA. Give us a call at (650) 578-1942 for take out or delivery!

Foods Invented or Perfected in Chicago

Chicago Is Famous for More than Just Deep Dish Pizza

What’s not to love about Chicago? If you visit, you’ll encounter a lively culture, diversity, tons of entertainment options, countless attractions and last but not least — some of the best Chicago Italian Sandwiches this nation has to offer! Since our minds are on our food, the real important question is this: How has Chicago contributed to the massive food culture that Americans love today? Continue reading Foods Invented or Perfected in Chicago

The History of the Chicago Style Hot Dog

How the Classic ‘Chicago Dog’ Made Its Way Into Our Hearts (and Bellies)

Vienna Beef Chicago Style Hot Dog

Are you a member of the Bay Area Chicago Bears Fan Club? Does the sight of mouth-watering food make you starry-eyed and weak to your knees? Do you indulge in a secret love affair every time you snag a bite of Vienna Beef Chicago-style hot dogs? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then this blog post is written just for you! Continue reading The History of the Chicago Style Hot Dog

The Secrets to the Best Chicago-Style Hot Dogs in the Windy City

Chicago-Style Hot Dogs Steaming in the Bay Area

Chicago-style hot dog

Whether you live in Chicago and you believe you know as much about Chicago style pizza and hot dogs as a person could, or you’re just visiting the Windy City, you need to try a hot dog from one of the city’s best hot dog stands. Obviously, distinguishing a genuine Chicago-style dog from an impostor is an ambitious enterprise, one that is steeped in opinion, and we’re pretty sure our ideas will delight some and infuriate others. But in life – and in hot-dog eating – sometimes you have to be bold. Continue reading The Secrets to the Best Chicago-Style Hot Dogs in the Windy City

The Anatomy of a Chicago Style Hot Dog

Vienna Beef Hot Dogs: A “Must” for the Chicago Dog

vienna beef hot dogs san mateoThe right kind of hot dog is a beautiful creation of signature meats and flavors. That’s exactly what our Chicago style hot dog offers. A hot dog experience is all about the dog, the bun, and the toppings. Let’s take a closer look at the anatomy of the perfect Chicago dog. Continue reading The Anatomy of a Chicago Style Hot Dog