Happy Birthday to Us: EatStreet is Six Years Old Today

It’s our anniversary! EatStreet was founded six years ago today! We opened our business originally as BadgerBites (our founders Matt, Eric, and Alex were still students at the University of Madison-Wisconsin at the time), with all of five restaurants. Our corporate headquarters were a five-bedroom house on Orchard Street in Madison. (Read more for a celebratory coupon code!) Continue reading “Happy Birthday to Us: EatStreet is Six Years Old Today”

There’s a Pizza Personality for that

I got 99 problems but a pizza ain’t one.

You may have heard October is National Pizza Month. Finally a whole month to praise pizza! Undoubtably our insides might be made of cheese based on our weekly pizza intake (when pizza delivery guy has you on speed dial…) but we still plan on partying with our pizza out as close to the couch as possible. Be it traditional pepperoni, team supreme, ooey, gooey cheese or a create-your-own of epic proportions, it’s undeniable pizza is bae.

Which got us to thinking, there’s an awful lot that your pizza order says about you as a person. Could your chosen pizza order actually be tied to your personality traits? Is your favorite cheese selection so deeply rooted in your psyche that your conventional or unconventional choice of crust type is actually something that you have no control over? While it’s a question that we pondered for longer than we’d care to admit, we decided to instead dust off our old psychology books and assemble a pizza personality quiz.
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Times Change. Food Is Forever.

Guest Post by Ann Marie Steib

I’m at a point in my life where the word “transition” defines every facet of my day-to-day existence. I’m going to graduate from college on Saturday. Then I’m moving to a new city (good ol’ Saint Louie) to start a new job. In the process, I’m leaving behind a lot of people that mean the world to me. This is all happening within the next twelve days. Did I mention I also have to pack up my entire apartment?

Becoming an adult is hard—for the obvious reasons, of course, but also because I have a lot of shoes and I don’t know how I’m going to fit them in the U-Haul. It’s also meant that I’ve needed to do a lot of self-reflection. There are really only two things that matter: the people who make me happy and the memories I share with them. As it turns out, a lot of those memories involve food.

Food is an important part of life. We eat it with the people we love. So, here you have it, folks: the most important foods I’ve eaten at “transitional” times in my life.

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Hands in the air if you had a favorite food that you ate for your birthday. Or if you won an award. Or when your mother wanted you to stop screaming (mine was usually this one). Spaghetti carbonara is the most cheesy, eggy, bacon-y pasta dish in the world. If you had told me it cured cancer when I was a little kid, I would have believed you.

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Top 5 Foods That Scream Spring

Okay, so I realize it’s been spring for nearly a month already. Where I come from, however, the weather has been too “wintry” for me to declare a bona fide season change. But now that the weather forecasts are showing promise, I feel that I can safely unveil my list of the Top 5 Foods (and Drinks) for springtime.

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5. Margherita Pizza

Pizza is a universally adored. What’s not agreed on, however, are toppings. Diverse tastes in sauces, cheeses, meats, and vegetables (or lack thereof) shed light on our individuality as pizza eaters. For those who enjoy many different toppings, have you given any thought as to what flavor combinations work well in what seasons? The clear choice for spring is margherita: a light, satisfying amalgamation of tomatoes, cheese, and basil.

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Graffeati: Made with Love

It’s a frigid time of the year in most parts of the country, but today love warms our hearts. For those bachelors and bachelorettes out there, I will attempt to warm your hearts in this post. And if that doesn’t work, order some hot-and-sour soup on our site. That’ll surely do the trick.

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Ryan in Lawrence:

“Can I have my pizza made with love?”

I like to think that every pizza is made with love. On days I don’t order pizzas on EatStreet, I make my own. Each dollop of sauce is spread with the care of a doctor treating his patient. Every shred of cheese is carefully blessed and placed upon the pizza. I usually make a heart out of pepperonis too.

Jack in Greensboro:

“Deliver food to Kay Jewelers, 1st floor”

It finally happened! This gentleman is having his sub sandwich delivered to the jewelry store (aka the most romantic place of all time). I’m picturing him discreetly placing a ring betwixt slices of deli meats. His significant other is sure in for a surprise!

Sarah in Madison:

“draw a heart on the wrapping paper with the following written inside the heart: GJBCG & PP”

This is a brilliant gesture. Not to mention a helluva set of initials. Meatball sub with extra cheese? Consider me smitten.

There was lots of love and care for delivery drivers, too. Dan in Chicago:

“Please be careful when walking because there is a lot of black ice”

Ryan in Michigan:

“Drive Safe :)”

This concludes our Valentine’s Day edition of Graffeati! Whether your single, taken, or “it’s complicated,” know this: the fastest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach.*

*Physicians usually access the heart through a radial artery. But for the sake of this blog, disregard that information.

 

Restaurant Profile: D.P. Dough

When you think of Illinois, you think of Chicago, the land of deep dish pizza and ‘Chicago Dogs.’ While you can enjoy a piece of deep dish pizza with a fork and knife, wouldn’t you rather be folding it in half and letting the grease run down your arm as you stuff your face? Ok, maybe that’s a little extreme. Let’s keep the self-indulgence and eliminate the mess. How about eating a pizza nestled into a nice little pocket with all the ingredients kept warm within a folded, salty dough?

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Top 5 Most Exotic Pizza Toppings

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5.  Smoked Reindeer

Reindeer is quite the delicacy in Finland where this pizza topping is most popular.  The official name, Pizza Berlusconi, has been adopted in other European and Asian countries.  It took home 1st place in America’s Plate International (beating out – get this – the Italians!) and has been growing in popularity ever since.

Personally this is the topping I’d most like to try on this list, as long as the reindeer is de-antlered (that’s a word, right?) properly.  I just hope Finland isn’t topping its pizzas with anything resembling a red nose.

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Seven Stats from our Numbers Nerd

I’ve always been a numbers guy.  Like most kids, I went to the McDonald’s Playland a few times when I was young. But unlike everyone else, I didn’t jump around and attempt to eat the balls. Rather, I was the dork standing next to the pit trying to figure out how many balls there were (accounting for displacement of people, of course). In high school, my interest in math led to a few academic trophies and a couple of calculus rap videos.  Suffice it to say, the ladies wouldn’t stop calling.

Winding the clock forward a bit, being a part of EatStreet has been a dream come true for a nerd like myself.  In the early days of the company, I styled the website. Not something you want from a dude who holds a crayon like a baseball bat:

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