Rudy Malnati and the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Restaurants – Chicago’s Gift to the World of Pizza
Deep dish pizza has a coveted place for itself in the hearts of many pizza lovers. But who could resist a thick, buttery crust smothered in rich, savory sauce, mounds of luscious cheese and succulent pieces of meat? With deep dish pizza, the tomato sauce is purposely slathered on top, hot to the touch and deep, while the filling sits comfortable on a mound of soft and flaky pizza crust. The very description of this inverted pizza is enough to make your mouth water. Continue reading A History of Chicago’s Deep Dish Pizza→
Dog Friendly Restaurants Welcome Amiable and Well-Behaved Dogs
California laws that once prohibited non-service dogs from entering restaurants are changing, and an increasing number of outdoor seating restaurants are welcoming well-behaved dogs – as long as the dogs follow some commonsense rules. They can’t sit on chairs or eat off of plates or the table and they can’t disturb other dogs or people.
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→
San Mateo BBQ Restaurant’s Pointers for Great Grilling
To create great tasting barbecue – the kind that everyone remembers and raves about for weeks afterwards – you really need to get familiar with your grill’s quirks. Every grill performs slightly differently, depending on temperature and even ambient conditions and humidity. The grill’s ability (or lack thereof) to keep heat over a long period of time also can strongly influence its temperament, which in turn can impact its ability to cook up awesome meats and veggies. Continue reading Tips for Consistently Great Tasting Barbecue→
Like many couples, pizza and beer go together partly because of their commonalities and partly because they contrast enough to complement each other. With so many kinds of pizza on the menu and an ever-increasing choice of beers, the opportunities for interesting and delicious combinations are only growing. So what makes a good pizza-and-beer combination? Unsurprisingly, it’s partly a matter preference; but beyond that, it’s about where you want harmony and where you want variation. Continue reading How to Pair Beer With Chicago Style Pizza→
Which Wood Should You Use for Smoking the Best BBQ?
If you go out of your way for the best barbecue restaurant (meaning Windy City, of course), then chances are you like to barbecue at home as well. The aspiring barbecue master, particularly one wishing to brave the world of cooking over wood, shouldn’t be limited by one kind of timber. Experimenting with different types of woods will help you discover which meats and seasonings you prefer. Additionally, the learning process will make you a real expert. As background in that process, here are two wood basics: Continue reading BBQ Pit Master Tips: Top Wood Choices for Smoking Meat→
A long awaited trip to L.A to visit Pizzeria Mozza – Nancy Silverton’s (La Brea Bakery and a great chef) introducing L.A. to classic Neapolitan Pizza some years ago. At Windy City we do a thin crust pizza called “Chicagopolian”, Neopolitan inspired but built for a hardier appetite.
Watching the artisans at Mozza’s using such a variety of finishing ingredients was inspiring! Can chive oil, Maldon sea salt, white anchovies over roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes and burrata be popping up at Windy City in the future?!