To Our Bears Fan Club Members from Ronnie, Trish and Bob;
Hello Bears Fans – Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope you and your families are safe and healthy!
Let’s talk Bears football! Our crazy season fits right in with this crazy 2020 year, where we were 5 and 1 and then, well, things just fell apart for the next six weeks. We all went from being proud Bears fans to being very frustrated and embarrassed. After all that, we still have a slim chance to make the playoffs. Now Nagy’s job is in jeopardy as well as Pace and our team could be starting over next season. But I’m hoping with our re-shuffled offensive line, and Trubisky playing with a chip on his shoulder, that we may have a shot. Throw in Montgomery becoming the Back we always knew he was and the Offensive Coordinator finally realizing what we have in Cole Kmet and how best to use him, and Graham to compliment Robinson and our young receivers and we’ll get this Offense really moving. If that all comes together, we might just have a shot! Continue reading Bay Area Chicago Bears Fan Club – December Update
As we enter the Holiday season, all of us at Windy City Pizza and BBQ wish to thank all of you for the support and loyalty so many of you have shown by ordering lunches and dinners for takeout or delivery over the last nine (!) months of pandemic shutdown!
As we work hard to survive the temporary closing of the Windy City dining room and bar, every order makes a difference in keeping the doors open until we can safely welcome everyone back!
Third-Party Delivery Apps Take a Big Percentage of Our Takeout and Delivery Revenue
One hurdle to ensuring the survival of local restaurants is the fees third-party delivery services like DoorDash, UberEats and GrubHub charge for their services. It is no secret that those fees can add up to 30% of the check on many orders! Continue reading The Best Way to Order from Windy City Pizza and BBQ
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. Continue reading Bay Area Chicago Bears Fan Club – October Update
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
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
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
July is National Hot Dog Month
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!
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
How the Classic ‘Chicago Dog’ Made Its Way Into Our Hearts (and Bellies)
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
Chicago-Style Hot Dogs Steaming in the Bay Area
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