Well, in addition to officially being longer than I’ve ever held any other job… In addition to officially being here longer than our predecessor, Amanda’s Slip, was here at this location… In addition to passing several, if not most of the ‘restaurant business’ milestones for survival… In addition to all those things, well, I have to say it also feels pretty darn good! So, what do you say? Why don’t you come out Saturday and help us celebrate? The $10 ticket gets you through the door, feeds you all you can eat BBQ, and lets you enjoy the music of our favourite locals, an act that has been with us since year one… Frank and Birdie! Frank Western (also known by other names in the region, I won’t say what, but it rhymes with ‘Lohn Larroll’) is the slide guitar playing meatball aficionado who advised and helped us build the incredible listening room style music venue that we have become… Birdie Whyte, to whom he is side-kicking, is the banjo-picking and sweet singing purveyor of all things warm and old-timey, together they are a harmonious duo of crime fighting superheroes defending the town of Kemptville against all manner of tastelessness, poor technique and general off key behaviours… The Frank and Birdie Show! Come get your dose this weekend… as of this writing, there is not a more effective Ebola remedy on the market. FYI: There will be no regular dinner service Saturday for the party event, just the BBQ buffet which is included in the $10 ticket price. Cash bar, doors open at 5, music starts at 7pm.
Friday of course, is also a party… It’s Halloween! At the Branch, that means two things… Rock AND Roll! Costumes encouraged, music for that event will be provided by the Father of local rock… literally, it would seem… Phil Morotti, playing with two of his music projects; Age of Wisdom and Phlatline (members of Rockzilla)… Regular dinner service from 5, music starts at 8.
And in case you haven't seen it yet... here is the link to our episode of You Gotta Eat Here! Our segment starts at 14 minutes... there are some commercials, but the last third of the show is all us…
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 & Portobello: with peppers and onions.
- 1/2 Chicken: (or choose either 1 piece white meat or 2 pieces dark) from Lyon's Family Farm
Jambalaya: wild shrimp, house-smoked sausage and chicken; seared in cast iron with onions, peppers, carrots, celery, red wine tomato sauce & Cajun spices, served over rice with remoulade, $21.99
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.
*Veggie version 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 & blueberries, 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:
BBQ Bonanza!! Come check out our Wednesday and Thursday 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, 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 only this week:
Burger Bonanza!! Join us this and every Friday and 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 Saturday, if you call before 3pm. Add some Mac n’ Cheese for the kiddos for just $4.99.
Friday 31 ~ Phil Morotti and Friends (Phlatline, Age of Wisdom) Rock and Roll Halloween Party, 8pm, $10 suggested (tip jar show).
Saturday 1 ~ The Branch's 8th Anniversary Party featuring Frank Western and Birdie Whyte, 7pm (doors at 5), $10 includes AYCE BBQ BUFFET!!!!!.
Sunday 2 ~ Open Mic hosted by Greg Kelly, 3-6pm, (...in honour of his birthday, Gram Parsons songs are recommended but not required...) 3-6pm, no cover...
Ryan Cook, November 6:
“Ryan Cook is back with his third release, Wrestling With Demons, which lands like a punch in the face of mainstream music. Armed with east coast allies, J.P. Cormier and John Campbelljohn, along with the last two living members of Hank Snow’s band (Kayton Roberts and Roger Carroll), Ryan produces a hi-fi record that refreshing and real. With all the hype of a class wrestling showdown, Wrestling with Demons is a battle royale of amped-up acoustic guitars, swinging mandolin chops and hot steel.” – taken from ryancook.ca
Dubbed as a ‘south-shore scene-creator’, Ryan Cook grew up on a dairy farm in Western Nova Scotia, but spent many of his formative years trading licks and shows with dudes like Brian Borcherdt (Holy F*ck) and Paul Murphy (Wintersleep). Satire-steeped and musically edge-cut, the multi Music Nova Scotia Award winner has found his way into the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life. With no shortage of accolades, Cook has shared the stage with such hit-making heavyweights as Steve Poltz, Joel Plaskett, Dwight Yoakam and Rosanne Cash.
Never slowing down, and passing through North Grenville County on November 6, the easterly Canadian country-jazz innovator will be taking the stage at the Branch for a very unique, intimate show. Please call now as space is extremely limited.
Matty and Amanda, November 8:
"Amanda Giles is the stark songbird of her generation" -Ben Mullin Monthly
"Matt Graven McKechnie has the voice of a young, Asbury Park-esque Bruce Springsteen, and the dapper, steamy and squinty smirk of stache-brandishing Tom Selleck from his Magnum PI days" - Brad Turcotte Press Pot
"When I first heard Katherine Amanda Giles, my mind actually had a bowel movement. I can't explain how it happened, but it just did. She's that good" - John Carroll Countdown
"Graven's music is kind of like that 'That's So Raven' girl from the Cosby show, except not at all (That's SO Graven!), and he sometimes smells like mushrooms." - Polly's Perch
Growing up on the turgid streets of Hoboken New Jersey, Katherine Frances Keeley Amanda Giles Starchild was an only child, born into the hardships of a highly polluted, industry-driven town. Learning her first chords on a chinese-food, back alley dumpster guitar at the age of 4, she began to dazzle the tar-stained ears of her listeners, as they would shuttle home from the factory to hear her Shirley Temple-esque Skiffle tunes. Since then, she has won 18 grammy awards and had a very short but fluttery affair with SNL starling Adam Sandler (who was apparently denied her hand in marriage after a few dazzling weekends in Versailles). Amanda can now be found packing up her life near South Mountain, as she is gearing up for an open-ended, extended winter trip to Western Canada. Look for a new album from her soon, as her siren songs continue to explore the open space of her quest to find a greater understanding of the strange world around her.
Matt Graven Jebediah Harlock McKechnie the 4th was born an orphan on the southern shores of the great Buffalo river in Arkansas to a family of nomadic, river-boat gamblers. A keen angler and hunter from the age of 6 months, Matt won several marksman awards at a very early age (including the shooting of an 1830 lb bison), and refuses to talk about all of it to this very day. Once finding a bullet-hole ridden classical guitar on his boat, he began to belt out a very unique rhythm-based, riverside blues style of guitar playing that Jimmy Page obviously stole and made his own. Matt and Jimmy are now best friends, and are tennis partners together at a closed club in London, England (Sean Connery sometimes subs in). Graven has been making albums since 1999, and whether he's with a band or on his own, he continues to grow and flower into his gut-wrenching songs with every performance and new record. His latest/soon to be released and most reaching album 'Channelsurfing The Seas Of The Cinematic Mind' features drumming from Joel Plaskett's rhythm-creator Dave Marsh and production from Halifax underground wizard Charles Austin.
Come support Amanda in her travels and Graven in his new album release, as the raspy, overture-ish, passionate sounds of these two burgeoning North Grenville scenesters will be sure to move you for a 'one-night only action-spectacular' on November 8.
LeE HARVeY OsMOND, November 27:
We are very excited to announce one of our biggest musical events to date; LeE HARVeY OsMOND! The show is on Thursday, November 27th at 8:30pm, tickets are $45+hst, and advance tickets are required for this show. We are announcing this very special event only here in the newsletter and on the website (for now) to give you, our loyal fans, first crack at these limited seats… This show is going to sell out VERY QUICKLY, if you are interested, we’d strongly recommend that you call the restaurant (613-258-3737) to reserve/purchase your ticket today!
If you are unfamiliar with Tom Wilson (the creative force behind LHO), he is a veteran of the Canadian music scene and has been a writer and performer for many years. Wilson's eclectic musical style has ranged from the psychobilly/ R&B sounds of The Florida Razors, to the western/roots style of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and the funk/blues inspired rock of Junkhouse. LeE HARVeY OsMOND is his most recent project, a collaborative effort with members of The Cowboy Junkies and The Skydiggers.
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!