By: Melissa Martz
At 164 years of age, The Blue Moon Food and Drink, approximately a 10 minute drive west of Kitchener in Petersburg, is going strong.
No longer a hotel, The Blue Moon is now a popular pub restaurant with a family-friendly, country atmosphere where the whole family can come to enjoy their famous “Waterloo County Fare”. Mixing both German and Mennonite-influenced dishes, The Blue Moon Restaurant’s signature dishes include rolled ribs, schnitzel, pigtails (along with the appetizer Pigtail wontons…and yes, they come from a pig!), beer battered fish and chips. Local patrons claim they have the best wings around and I can attest to that. The varied menu also includes burgers, perogies, quesadilla, fries, onion rings, chili, nachos, soups, salads and dessert. The weekend breakfast menu showcases fourteen choices. Whatever meets your tastebuds’ fancy, you’ll be able to find it at The Blue Moon.
Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m, to 10 p.m., you can enjoy entertainment in The Tree Room by a varied list of performers including Erick Traplin, Fred Smith, Sandy MacDonald, Lager St. and Joe Forster. On Sundays, you can participate in karaoke. Special days throughout the year with evening entertainment include St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest celebrations and New Year’s Eve. Monthly dances are held at The Blue Moon as well. The Wilmot Room is the place to have a wedding reception, or other party. The amazing history and incredible architecture of the building make it an ideal place for wedding photos. The Blue Moon has six rooms…there is one just right to hold your group of 20-150 people.
Wing Nite Wednesdays, Wine Tasting/Beer Tasting nights, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween and Christmas round out special menu/event days. What used to be a games room with a shuffle board table and billiards is now set up with a casual/formal setting with linen napkins and wine glasses and they are doing tapas on Thursday nights. They are offering flights of beer (Hops & Bolts from Mad & Noisy Brewing was tasted for the first time in Waterloo Region at The Blue Moon). As well, The Blue Moon has a new wine list.
I love going out to The Blue Moon on a Friday or Saturday night to hear Singer Erick Traplin play. I also drop in for lunch on occasion. My favourite “pub grub” to order, especially with my German heritage, is the “Pig Tail Wontons” with their special sauce. I’ve introduced others to them, and they love them too. At other times, I might get my old stand-by of bruschetta. Dinner will usually find either schnitzel, cabbage rolls, or one of the nightly specials on my plate along with fries, coleslaw, sauerkraut or vegetables. For lunch, I’ve had salads in a wrap or quesadillia. I don’t often choose dessert, but when I do, it’s one of their pies or cheesecake.
The ambiance is typical of a charming, large country pub and tavern. Many antique photos, as well as beer signs, adorn the walls. The “Tree Room” is named for the large paper mache tree in the middle of the room that twinkles with little, you guessed it, blue lights. There are a few booths, but the majority of the room is a sea of good old country wooden tables and chairs. The architecture of the building is something you rarely see today…a magnificent long country-style inn that exudes charm and character, and one that contains many stories.
Open Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., reservations are usually not necessary, except during Oktoberfest and live music nights. And, on your birthday, you can come in and order a free entrée (you need to provide I.D.).
For breakfast, lunch or dinner, the Blue Moon is still doing what it does best after 164 years.
The Blue Moon Restaurant Petersburg
1677 Snyder’s Rd. E