When you hear someone in Reisterstown refer to "Da Moon," they are not speaking about that glowing ball in the night sky. No, more than likely they are referring to Full Moon Pub and Grill.
When I was growing up, my Dad always taught us that if you wanted a good meal at a decent price, watch where the most truckers or bikers eat. Well, Full Moon Pub and Grill fits that perfectly. The local chapter of MCV5 Motorcycle club meets there weekly, as do a number of other organizations.
"Da Moon" is owned by the legendry Cal Bitner. Cal bought what was once the Forrest Inn a number of years ago, and had a vision of a hometown, friendly eatery that you'd want to come back to again and again.
Guess what? He's got it.
The wait staff knows many of the regulars by name, including their favorite drinks and dishes.
On Monday nights, the restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat shrimp deal that is amazing. Tuesday night is wings and ribeyes; Wednesday nights are half-off appetizers; Thursdays they have prime rib night; and Saturday and Sunday are half price burgers.
While I am delighted by the all-you-can-eat shrimp on Monday nights, I must admit Thursday nights are my favorites. The prime rib will melt in your mouth and is so tender that it can be cut with a fork. I don't know how they cook it, but oh my is it ever amazing.
They offer weekly lunch and dinner specials as well. At lunchtime their specials include a taco salad that could easily feed two. They also offer an amazing pretzel sandwich, which is served on a fresh baked pretzel roll.
During the winter months one of their lunch specials is a Full Moon Chicken Pot Pie, a wonderful thick chicken stew with a delicious puffed pastry on top. It's just what the tummy would want on a chilly winter's day.
They also serve an amazing Chicken Cordon Blue, which is a tender chicken breast stuffed with ham and cheese and baked to perfection.
In the mood for Flounder Chesapeake, Shrimp Scampi or stuffed shrimp? Full Moon will have it. Their fish and chips will equal any you find in London, in my opinion.
Full Moon Pub and Grill offers amazing appetizers like loaded potato skins, calamari, and mussels in a butter, wine and garlic sauce that are so yummy I could have them as a meal. They offer Jamaican jerk chicken wings, chicken fingers, a creamy crab dip that is just amazing, and let's not forget their steamed shrimp. You will be delighted with whatever you choose.
As a lover of sweets, no meal for me is complete without dessert, and Full Moon Pub and Grill does not disappoint in that department either. I frequently have a hard time deciding between the deep dish apple pie, the chocolate raspberry cake, the coconut cream pie and the peanut butter pie. I wish they did a dessert sample plate with just a few bites of each on it.
They will also allow you to custom order a birthday cake or other special occasion cake to serve at a celebration held at the restaurant.
Full Moon Pub and Grill is located at 1100 Westminster Road in Reisterstown.