How Has CoVID Impacted Your Favorite Pizza and BBQ Restaurant in San Mateo?
I noticed a YELP review a few days ago where a customer stated she was not returning to a favorite restaurant in San Mateo because something had changed. This caught my attention as – for the last several months – Windy City has been unable to find the regular size portion cups for our BBQ side dishes… among other items. Prior to that, we were unable to source the lids for our portion cups. For over a year, there has been a shortage of pizza boxes and frequently our 2” deep box – absolutely necessary for our bigger, deeper pies – have been unavailable for weeks at a time. Meat, poultry, pepperoni, salami and cheese prices are through the roof. This past year, Beef prices increased 125%, Poultry 55%, Pork 16%, Soy Oil 110%. And Pizza boxes 35%.
We cannot source apple cider vinegar and our cooking oil runs anywhere from $36 to $75/box, depending on the supply chain. Availability of kegs and bottles of beer is totally random, week to week.
Our “Chicago’s Famous Eli’s Cheesecake” has not been available for two months! Paper goods, utilities and wages have all seen a dramatic price increase, plus many restaurants, including our pizza and BBQ restaurant in San Mateo, are coping with acute staff shortages, both back and front-of-house. So… if something seems out of the ordinary, please ask why! As has been well documented, more than 100,000 restaurants have already permanently closed throughout our country.
We need – and sincerely ask for – our customers’ continuing support, patience and understanding as our industry deals with unprecedented issues not seen in a generation. It’s easy to write a negative review, what’s not easy in these tough times is being able to find everything needed to keep Windy City Pizza & BBQ open.
Barbecue restaurants have long been an American favorite, but the best styles and cooking methods for BBQ are still up for debate and decided only by one’s personal preference. At Windy City Pizza and BBQ, we love Texas ‘Q and undergo a rigorous process to ensure that every bite is near perfection. Of course Texas BBQ is our favorite, but just in case you’re curious about the differences between other barbecue styles out there, we’ve compiled a quick summary of the main four barbecue styles. Continue reading A Field Guide to Regional BBQ Styles in America→
Windy City Pizza and BBQ Knows Good Texas Smokehouse BBQ
There’s nothing like some lip-smacking, “knuckle suckin’ good” Texas ‘Q to hit the spot! Perfectly tenderized ribs, succulent pieces of fresh, savory chicken; seasoned pork shoulder, flavorful pork ribs – they’re all crowd pleasers and worth a road trip across town. But have you ever been to a restaurant where the picture looked better than the food tasted? Have you ever psyched yourself up for a flavorful mouthful of BBQ goodness, only to experience the sad reality of a flavorless, dry entree? There’s nothing so disappointing as a mediocre meal, especially when time and money are involved.
That’s why we take food seriously at our San Mateo barbecue restaurant. We want patrons leaving with bellies full, spirits high and smiles from ear-to-ear — and it’s our food that makes it happen.
It starts with smoke. If there is no smoke there is no BBQ! People tend to confuse smoking with grilling, but in order to BBQ the way it’s supposed to be done, you need to smoke meat low and slow for 180 – 250 degrees and let it cook from from 2 – 18 hours, depending on the item. Basically, we do BBQ the genuine way; no shortcuts, no missing steps, and we prepare the food the way it’s meant to be done.
To deliver top-notch quality, we created a customized, Texas-built BBQ pit that can smoke up to 1,000 pounds of deliciousness. 100% post oak flavor is found in every bite and the only heat source to cook the meat is the indirect use of smoldering smoke. Our technical yet artistic approach to preparing meat produces the same amazing result each time! There’s an explosion of flavor in every bite, and you’ll probably want to order some BBQ delivery or carryout so the food party follows you home.
Bring Home San Mateo’s Best Smokehouse Barbecue
Have we peaked your interest? Are you ready for some delectable BBQ that’ll compliment your taste buds and satisfy your hunger? Check out the best BBQ in San Mateo and place an order with Windy City Pizza & BBQ today at (650) 578-1942 or order online here!