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3 Reasons to Go Out for Pizza for a First Date

Why Should You Choose Windy City Pizza for Date Night?

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There are few things more exciting (and nerve racking) than the first date! For two individuals who are extremely fond of each other, the first date can still be an awkward experience. It’s true that organizing the date at a fancy fine dining restaurant is a great way to impress your partner, but that also raises the level of pressure for you both. All these challenges can be avoided by simply dining at a cozy San Mateo pizza restaurant instead. Continue reading 3 Reasons to Go Out for Pizza for a First Date

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!

A Field Guide to Regional BBQ Styles in America

The Four Main Styles of Barbecue

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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