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Bay Area Chicago Bears Fan Club – October Update

To Our Chicago Bears Fan Club Members from Ronnie;

Hello Bay Area Bears Fans!

I hope all of you are doing well and keeping your blood pressure down with all of these Bears games! I wish we could all be at Windy City Pizza enjoying the season together. Unfortunately we can’t, but at least we have Bears football to watch. Here we are at 4-1 and haven’t really hit our potential yet! Our defense is playing pretty well but not great. They are missing a lot of tackles and committing penalties, all of which are driving me crazy! But at least they are making the plays when we really need them to. It’s only a matter of time before Quinn and Mack really start wreaking havoc on the opposing offense, and that’s when the rest of the D benefits.

You all know I’m a Trubisky guy, but as long as the Bears play well and win with Foles that’s what it’s all about – the Team. I was upset when Tarik Cohen was injured and gone for the year, that was a big loss. He will be missed for sure this year. But Cordarrelle Patterson is doing a great job and is exciting to watch, isn’t he? Now, if the offense can really get going. Some of the play-calling by Nagy has had me puzzled. So, it was good to see Foles get so animated on the side line  with Nagy during the Thursday night game, showing his frustration with the tempo of the game. That’s what you want to see from your quarterback – he’s on the field, he knows what’s going to work against the defense and sometimes you have to change the game plan.

We play the Panthers next, this Sunday, October 18. Let’s hope we are 5-1 after that game! Our season gets tougher after that, so hopefully we can avoid injuries and our offense is able to get on a roll. Still haven’t heard if the injury sustained by offensive lineman James Daniels is season-ending or not. He was playing well, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Sad news with the passing of Bears legend Gayle Sayers recently. He was one of my all-time favorite Bears, as with many fans. I was lucky to have met him at the Bears Fan Fest in 2005, when I turned into 8-year-old nervous Ronnie! He couldn’t have been nicer, talking to me and signing a picture.

Well Bears Fans, I just wanted to say hello and let you know we’re thinking about you and hoping you’re all staying healthy and enjoying our 4-1 Bears. I’ve been watching the games in my Bears room with the family, scaring my poor dogs as I scream at the TV much of the time. I would love to see photos of you in your own Bears den. Maybe Trish can post them in a future email or on Windy City’s website – how about you email one or two to her?

Take care everyone and Go Bears!

Bear Down! Thanks, Ronnie D.

From Trish & Bob;

Sundays are definitely not the same without you Bears fans – we miss the camaraderie, the raffle, the fun of being together, the suspense of anticipating another win, singing the song, catching up with all of your news. Yes, indeed, we miss all of you.

Thanks, Ronnie. for the recap of the Bears games this season, yes, we would love to see some fan pics. Email: or

Trish & Bob

Bay Area Bears Club Fall 2020 Update from Windy City

To Our Bay Area Bears Fan Club Members:

We are missing you already! Usually at this time the Windy City crew is excitedly making plans for the upcoming season, looking forward to seeing all the fans, digging out Bears banners and prizes from our storage shed while checking in with Ronnie, who manages to find more and more novel BEARS prizes with each new season. So, as with many things since mid-March, we are all feeling a little flat, trying to get through this tough time of Covid and focused on keeping all of our great employees safe. Continue reading Bay Area Bears Club Fall 2020 Update from Windy City

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:

Continue reading Ensuring Customer and Food Safety during the Coronavirus Crisis

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