Try our delicious takeout options! Wednesday-Sunday you can order our Family Takeout Dinner, especially great if you are pressed for time or cash-- $44.99 feeds a family of four and is hot and ready when you are (Please call ahead... in fact, you should probably go ahead and add us to your cell right now while you are thinking about it, 613-258-3737) Also, dine in or take out our BBQ Bonanza on Wednesday, Thursday and also now on SUNDAY from 2-8pm (new for the new year!) To kick off the new SundayMenu, this week's Sunday Bonanza will include an option for house smoked pork spare-ribs! (Sunday only...) Can I get a "heck yeah!"? And, of course, our entire regular menu is available for takeout any time during regular business hours (with a few exceptions...)
Quench your thirst as well--Did you know that Beau's Lug Tread is featured on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays? $6 pints. Yep.
Along with our signature items (listed here), our in-house menu includes specials that change weekly or even more often depending on seasonal availability...
Soups of the Day are always made from scratch using fresh ingredients, cup, $2.99; bowl, $5.99
Green Salad: greens, shredded fresh veggies, seeds, choice of dressing: creamy ‘Branch’ or apple cider vinaigrette, small, $2.99; regular, $5.99, dinner sized $11.99
Caesar Salad: Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, bacon, tomato-garlic Caesar dressing, croutons, $7.99
Chips & Dips: corn chips, with sour cream, housemade salsa & guacamole, $8.99
Taco Salad (dinner size only): choice of smoked beef brisket, house-roasted chicken, or smoked tofu, with greens, cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, beans, and corn chips; dinner sized only, $16.99
Entrees: all entrees come with cornbread and a choice of soup (Caesar salad, add $.99) or salad...
Texas BBQ Plate: all BBQ Plates come with housemade bbq sauce, mashed potatoes, slaw, beans, onions & pickles $22.99; choose one of the following (add a second choice for $3.99):
- Beef Brisket: OUR SPECIALTY! Heaps of tender 100% local hardwood smoked and braised beef from the Wallace Beef Co-op.
- Smoked Tofu: with mushrooms, peppers and onions.
- Grilled Chicken Legs: from Lyon's Family Farm
Quail: stuffed with savoury cornbread pudding and pork and beef pate, served with rice, veggies, sweet-hot fruit chutney and wild mushroom & red-wine butter sauce $19.99
Catfish and Chips: Farmed catfish fillets, cornmeal battered with Cajun spices, served with roasted potato wedges, slaw and remoulade and a pickle $18.99
Steak Special: ask your server...
Brisket Poutine: A heaping portion of roasted potato wedges, house-smoked brisket, cheese curds and gravy $18.99
Branchburger: (does not include choice of soup or salad) 1/3 pound 100% local, naturally raised beef, thick & juicy, on a toasted bun with tomato-garlic mayo, grainy mustard, lettuce, onion, tomato; with roasted potato wedges, more aioli for dipping, and pickles, $13.99 ($10.99, with $.99 toppings Friday and Saturday, 5-7pm only) Add:
• cheese: $2.49
• guacamole: $1.50
• bacon: $1.99
• blue cheese: $2.99
• jalapenos: $.99
• fried egg: $1.99
• sautéed mushrooms or onions: $.99
• gluten-free Kaiser $.99
please note: our famous burgers are fresh ground locally, in a small facility; as such, we are comfortable serving them ‘medium’, a.k.a. ‘a little pink’. If you have another preference, please let us know and we will prepare it to your liking.
*Veggieburger available on request, try our house-made vegan and gluten free black bean patty!
*Paleobranchburger! Our own housemade paleo bun, all beef burger with all the fixin’s (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, grainy mustard and remoulade) with a carb free Caesar salad on the side $14.99
Sticky Toffee Cake: with caramel sauce and real whipped cream, $5.99
Nicole's Magic Mousse: super rich chocolate mousse cake with a cookie crust... how the heck is this thing vegan?! Magic, of course... Nicole Magic. 6.99
Apple Crisp: local apples, caramel sauce, real whipped cream $5.99
What’s the scoop? Add a single scoop of ice cream to any of the above (or enjoy it on its own), $1.49
*all our housemade desserts are 100% gluten free!
Wednesday, Thursday (5-8pm) and nowSUNDAY, 2-8pm!:
BBQ Bonanza!! Come check out ourWednesday, Thursday and SUNDAY special! The meal includes a choice of our famous house-smoked beef brisket or a roast 1/2 chicken from Lyon’s Family Farm in Spencerville, mashed potatoes, BBQ sauce and slaw… it is available every Wednesday and Thursday, from 5pm to 8pm, and now on SUNDAYS FROM 2-8PM, it is hot and ready when you are, and either plate is only $15.99. That's right, just freakin' $15.99! (Dine in or take home…)
Friday and Saturday:
Burger Bonanza!! Join us this and every Fridayand Saturday between 5 and 7pm for a Burg-o-rama! We chargrill a big pile of burgers over real hardwood on the Big Black Smoker, serve them (with all the usual fixings, including lettuce, tomatoes, onions, roasted potato wedges and housemade pickles, mustard and tomato-garlic aioli...) It's all for just $10.99, with any of our add-ons (cheese, bacon, blue cheese, onions, mushrooms, even a fried egg!) for just 99 cents each! Dine in or take it home, but remember, the special price is only on Fridays and Saturdays between 5 and 7pm… (as always, gluten free, paleo and vegetarian versions are also available…).
Family Takeout Dinner, $44.99: Designed to feed a family of four, our takeout dinner now comes with a roasted 1/2 chicken (from Lyon's Family Farm), 3/4 pound of our famous 100% hardwood smoked beef brisket, a side of seasonal veggies, a tub each of black beans, mashed potatoes and coleslaw, our own zippy BBQ sauce and cornbread… The full dinner is hot and ready for pickup between 4 and 6pm, Wednesday through SUNDAY, if you call before 3pm. Add some Mac n’ Cheese for the kiddos for just $4.99.
Weeknight Music is back this winter-- Chef Bruce and friends (hey, that's me!) will be playing every Wednesday for a while, 8pm start... Here's some samples from the new album: link Wednesdays will be tip jar shows, and on most Thursdays (next Thursday is the return of Ron Hynes, advance tickets are required for that one!) ...come in to hear the dulcet tones of our dear friend, the mysterious Frank Western and his amazing collection of resonator, slide and lap steel guitars (starting this Thursday, January 22...)
Friday 23 ~ David Dino White and Shawna Caspi, 9pm, tip jar show, $10 suggested. Come out for some carbonated beverages and incredible original music from some of Ontario's finest up and coming artists! Fall in love with the silky smooth vocals of Shawna Caspi and enjoy David Dino White performing new songs from his upcoming album 'Alone Together' as well as some of your favorite classic covers!
Check out David's music and support his Indiegogo Campaign by visiting here: www.daviddinowhite.com
Get a taste of Shawna Caspi here: http://www.shawnacaspi.com/music/apartments-for-lovers-2014/
Doors at 9pm
PAY WHAT YOU CAN (at the door OR in the hat)
Born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, David's ability to harness his guitar's full potential as a trans-genre instrument is what defines his unique and haunting style. As melodic as it is unpredictable, his inspirations run the gamet from metal to folk to flamenco and back again. A pioneer of his own true style, David has been developing his craft through years of playing in bands (most recently with CBC Searchlight Regional Champion Cole Fournier) and working as a multi-instrumentalist on various other local projects, both in and out of the studio. David recorded his first full length album with Juno Nominated producer Ben Leggett this past fall and is excited to be touring this January in an effort to raise the necessary funds to print and press vinyl copies in time for it's March 2015 release! To become a part of the project or pre-order your own copy of the album please visit www.daviddinowhite.com.
Saturday 24 ~ The Slow Century, alt-rock revue featuring members of Barn, Steve Gaw opens, 9pm, $5. The Slow Century presents an alt-rock revue, performing unplucked gems spanning six decades – the songs you should hear more often from the artists you should already know.
Formed by three journalists in the summer of 2012, Aedan Helmer, Doug Hempstead and Tony Spears were joined by Ben Mullin -- the concept quickly becoming a cover band with an original spin – storytellers by trade telling stories in song.
The show is carefully arranged with songs that tell great stories, and in turn forms a larger arc that unfolds through the evening.
Our character's story begins with tales of misadventure as imagined by the likes of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Band and Lou Reed. We skip ahead, telling how we got from there to here, through renderings of Radiohead, Grandaddy, The Flaming Lips and Broken Social Scene -- songs drawn from deep on album sides, rather than hit singles. Songs seldom heard live in small settings, with all four members sharing lead and harmony vocals over the classic rock combo of guitar, bass, keys and drums.
Sunday 25 ~ Open Mic hosted by Peter Johnson, 3-6pm, open 2-8pm, CHANGES ARE AFOOT! PLEASE READ FOR DETAILS! For those of you new to the Branch, Sundays are our 'Rubber Boots', or, our 'casual' day... On the food front, things have changed a little this January, instead the full buffet we are offering a smaller version with a selection of soups and salads, all you can eat, for just $9.99. We are also now offering our popular BBQ Bonanza Special all afternoon and evening--here's how that works: for just $15.99, you can choose between 1/2 lb. of our signature house-smoked BBQ beef brisket or 2 chicken legs (or, special this week; 1/2 lb. house-smoked pork spare ribs!), or any combination of the above, it comes with coleslaw, mashed potatoes and BBQ sauce and, if you try the BBQ, the soup and salad buffet is only $4.99! We are also offering a pared down version of our regular menu as well as a kid's menu & a selection of our house-made desserts! In the same way that the open mic welcomes all types of musicians, the atmosphere is casual and fun and welcomes all types of everyone, whether you come to listen or to perform; it's a great day to meet new folks, come in for a $6 Beau's on draft (or two!) a pot of tea, some munchies and BBQ, make some friends, enjoy your downtown on a Sunday afternoon. We'd love to see you this Sunday! Did I mention the ribs? This week the Open Mic is hosted by Peter Johnson,
This Sunday is the 25th day of the 1st month. This calls for two or three celebrations: the first being my youngest daughter's birthday...she's not young anymore, and Robbie Burns' birthday; who isn't young, either. Had he stayed well a bit longer, he would have reached the ripe old age of 256.
Unofficially Scotland's poet laureate---he penned such jems as:
"Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!: (To A Mouse)
I will affect my best Gael for the occasion (my mother was a proud member of the ancient Grahams) and we will attempt a few of those great bagpipe tunes---Amazing Grace and the other one.
Kemptville is home to an ever-increasing number of talented musicians. The Branch is their preference for live entertainment venues in the area. Bring your dancing shoes and singing voices, as a good time is planned for all.
We look forward to seeing you then.
Thursday 29 ~ Ron Hynes, 9pm, $25. Ron Hynes is one of Canada's premier singer-songwriters -- in fact "the best" according to the likes of Billboard magazine's Larry Leblanc and Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle. He's been writing award-winning songs for more than 40 years and has been dubbed "Man of a Thousand Songs" -- a titled shared by a feature-length documentary about him.
Known around the world for his folk classic Sonny's Dream, Hynes's tunes have been covered by such artists as Emmylou Harris, Christy Moore, John McDermott, Murray McLauchlan, Valdy, Prairie Oyster, Great Big Sea and many more. His talents have been recognized by organizations like the East Coast Music Awards (six-time winner), the Genies, the Junos, Canadian Country Music Awards and the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Hynes is also a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the St. John's Folk Arts Council, and he garnered the Arts Achievement Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.
Memorial University bestowed Hynes with an honorary PhD for his "songwriting and contribution to the cultural life of his beloved home province of Newfoundland."
Hynes's career started on the coffee house circuit in the early '70s. He went on to become a founding member of the Wonderful Grand Band, a musical comedy troupe that was featured on CBC-TV and toured the country for its six-year history. Hynes also began to moonlight as an actor and has performed the role of Hank Williams onstage in Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave. He also appeared in CBC-TV roles and in the independent film A Secret Nation.
Yet for all of his achievements, Hynes has also had his low points: the late nights and touring cost him his marriage; he experienced a near death and eventual recovery from drug addiction; and he recently battled throat cancer. If his songs are powerful, it is because Hynes writes from experience and resiliency. He's been there.
Fortunately, Hynes's cancer is in remission and he returned to the stage in the fall of 2013 including a tour with Stewart McLean and The Vinyl Cafe'
Rons health continues to improve, his energy is at at an all time high as well as his outlook on the future with
A New Manager a New Book being released simply titled "My Name is Nobody" the love of a beautiful Woman - "Life is Truly Grand" for The Man of a Thousand Songs.
Friday, March 20 ~ Dave Gunning, 9pm, $22.50. An engaging entertainer and award-winning songwriter, Dave has the magnetic ability to captivate audiences with his own brand of humorous storytelling and is rapidly building a solid audience fan base across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Dave has won many awards with his 10thalbum, “No More Pennies”, winning the 2014 East Coast Music Award for Solo Recoding Of The Year and the Music Nova Scotia Award for Folk Recording Of The Year. Songs from that album include “These Hands” which won awards for Songwriter Of The Year and Song Of The Year at the 2014 ECMAs plus “A Game Going On” which won the CBC Hockey Night Song Quest Competition.
That's all for now, thanks for reading!
Bruce & Nicole
ONE LAST THING: like great food and music? The Branch is always looking for the best of the best folks to come and join our team... consider dropping off your resume today!