Today is the highly-anticipated “Pi” day.
It is 3.14.15. This day only happens once every 100 years. And, it is also Einstein’s birthday.
So, of course, my husband, James, and I had to celebrate it with a real slice of pie.
St Jacob’s Farmer’s Market
We ventured out to the nearby St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market for the first time since moving to Waterloo, Ontario on a quest to find homemade, super-delicious pie. While there, we were completely sidetracked and found a Canadian-American hybrid flag, a collectible Wolverine comic for James, and a small backpack for the infamous Baby Box. But in one of the booths, an elderly man handed us a map and said “for $13, you can get a whole meal here, plus a piece of pie. And the waitresses wear bonnets and dresses too.”
Waterloo is a really interesting area, including both a downtown loaded with tech startups and sprawling farmland that caters to a thriving Mennonite population. On the same street, on the same day, I have passed BMWs and horse-drawn buggies. This is one of the things that I love most about living in Waterloo. The restaurant the man pointed out to us was located in the heart of the countryside of Millbank, Ontario. So, we ventured forth! From the farmer’s market, it was a 20-minute or so drive of beautiful, rolling farmland.
Once we arrived, we wrote our names on the waiting list and flipped through the cookbooks in the front. There is also a market section where customers can buy takeaway pies, breads, jams and syrup. There were also small, hand-sewn blankets, towels and bibs to look through for purchase. The women in the restaurant, as the man said, donned traditional bonnets, floor-length skirts and aprons and were very friendly towards us. Just from the look of the staff and amount of people steadily coming in through the door, I knew we’d stumbled upon a real community gem.
So Many Choices + Menu
Once seated, James and I looked over the menu and tried out the “Full Meal Deal” for $13.29 each.With the “Full Meal Deal”, you have a choice of soup or salad and choice of White, Wheat or Cheese roll. Then you have a choice of meat. Today’s meats were a toss up between Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef or Broasted Chicken. There is also a choice of Potatoes or Mash, along with a choice of Vegetable. Then, you choose from a long list of pie flavors and decide whether you prefer a scoop of Ice Cream or Whipped Cream on your pie slice. Needless to say, for $13.29, you get a full meal and then some.
Take a closer look at their menu below:
To start, James chose a potato and ham soup with cheese roll and I chose a salad with balsamic vinaigrette and plain white roll. The rolls were super-fluffy and James gave the soup two big thumbs up after finishing the entire bowl.
For mains, we both chose broasted chicken, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they rotate available meats depending upon the week, but have the broasted chicken available at all times. If you’ve never had broasted chicken (but love baked or fried chicken), you have got to check this out. It is melt-in-your-mouth, homemade cooking. The plate features three hearty pieces of broasted chicken, large scoop of creamy mashed potatoes with gravy and mixed veggies of carrots, green beans and corn.
Our “Pi” Day Pie
For our “Pi” day dessert, I chose a slice of pumpkin pie and James chose a slice of pecan pie, both with whipped cream. The slices were hearty and we both left very happily. And, I’m not saying that “Pi” day was the sole culprit, but on the way home, the button to my jeans broke off.
Let it be known, pie lovers, that Anna Mae’s offers 17 different kinds of pie, including “Shoofly”, “French Rhubarb” and “Elderberry”. Plus, they also offer sugar-free options.
Little did we know, Anna Mae’s was recently visited by Food Network Canada’s show, “You Gotta Eat”. A humble note by the register had an update that the episode, filmed in November, would air after April 3rd this year. So, keep your eyes peeled for our new favorite homestyle go-to for broasted chicken and pie on Food Network Canada and be sure to make a pit stop when in the Waterloo area. It is very much worth the scenic drive and a new pair of pants. We might just see you in there!
Have a “Pi” day adventure that led you to an amazing pie experience? Tell me about it in the comments!