If you like live music and bbq, we've got you covered: live ukulele blues with Manitoba's finest, our good friend Hal Brolund!
Live music tomorrow night with Manitoba Hal (Thursday, June 30th, $10 cover)! Hal has forged an international reputation for engaging and connecting with his audience through songs that are mournful, hopeful, silly, romantic and introspective. He proves that the uke can be small but mighty as he pulls out powerful blues riffs and melodies adding subtle important accompaniment using looping technology.
We'll be closed for holiday on Friday July 1st - celebrating Canada's Dominion Day with our friends and family - and then back to business as usual on Saturday - with a special jam rock performance by Phil Morotti + Friends - aka Morotti, Courtemanche, Dukes, and Graham (Saturday, 8pm, tip jar).
And if you'd rather come out and enjoy bbq beef brisket andcraft beer on the patio, that's encouraged too: you don't have to pay cover to sit outside - but you can if you want! It's the best of both worlds, with fresh air and bbq smoke co-mingled and the option to step inside and catch a few bars of beautiful music. We really just want to feed you bbq.
Reservations are always welcome, and encouraged, especially on Friday and Saturday - call us at 613.258.3737!
Sunday is also the Branch Open Stage, hosted by Carey Graham! Come out anytime between 3pm and 6pm to play, listen, eat, and drink!
Thanks for eating, drinking, and being local.
~ the folks at the Branch
MUSIC THIS WEEK:
~ Thursday June 30th ~ Manitoba Hal, 8pm, $10
LISTEN TO MANITOBA HAL.
For the past fifteen years, Manitobaraised, Nova Scotia resident, Manitoba Hal Brolund has
forged an international reputation for engaging performance, storytelling and accomplished
ukulele playing. His strong foundation in American roots / blues music, confident baritone voice, and distinctive original music have made him a solid draw at festivals, house concerts and soft seat theatres in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. He has performed at the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Island Music Festival, New York Uke Festival, Ukulele Festival of Great Britain and Melbourne Ukulele Festival and he has been a mainstage headliner at international ukulele festivals such as the Cairns Ukulele Festival and the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival. Hal’s performances are all about engaging and connecting with his audience. Manitoba Hal makes music with a ukulele like no other taking his audience from the deep south to the islands with songs that are mournful, hopeful, silly, romantic and introspective. He proves that the uke can be small but mighty as he pulls out powerful blues riffs and melodies adding subtle but important background beats with looping technology showcasing his extraordinary ukulele strumming and riffing. Many wouldn’t associate the ukulele as a blues instrument, but Hal takes out all the hula, leaving only room for deep blues to prevail. Hal’s own blues tunes breathe with hints of cajun, rock, gospel, and folk.
He is influenced by artists like Robert Johnson, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Colin Linden, and Big Dave clean. Internationally recognized as a master of the ukulele, Hal’s instruments include a custom made double necked ukulele and a steel strung baritone slide ukulele that are both driven to the edge as he bangs, plucks and squeezes every ounce of emotion and groove from the four strings. Manitoba Hal is an indemand workshop clinician and instructor visiting ukulele clubs and music stores internationally as he tours and helping to spread his love for this tiny guitar. He tours solo and with his trusty side gal Karen Morand on accordion and percussion.
~ Saturday July 2nd ~ Morotti, Courtemanche, Dukes, and Graham, 8pm
LISTEN TO PHIL MOROTTI + FRIENDS.
~ Sunday July 3rd ~ Open Stage with Carey Graham, 3pm-6pm
~ Friday July 8th ~ Alex Leggett, 9pm, $10
~ Saturday July 9th ~ Low Country Hill, 9pm, $10
~ Sunday July 10th ~ Open Stage with Peter Johnson, 3pm-6pm
~ Friday July 15th ~ Carlo, 9pm, $10
~ Saturday July 16th ~ Chris Cotta, 9pm, $5
~ Sunday July 17th ~ SloCan Ramblers, 6pm, $25
~ Friday July 29th ~ Garnet Rogers, 9pm, $25
Wednesday & Thursday:
Burger Bonanza!! Join us this and every Wednesday and Thursday between 5pm and 8pm 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 $11.99, 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 Wednesdays and Thursdays between 5 and 8pm… (as always, gluten free, paleo and vegetarianversions are also available…).
Wednesday through Saturday:
Family Takeout Dinner, $49.99: Designed to feed a family of four, our takeout dinner comes with an herb-roasted half chicken, 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 Pasta n’ Cheese for the kiddos for just $4.99.
Please note, our in-house menu may change without notice depending on market pricing and seasonal availability...
Chips & Dips: house tortilla chips, fresh guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. Perfect for sharing! 8.99
Branch Caesar: bacon, parmesan, house garlic–tomato dressing, crisp romaine, croutons
small 3.99; regular 7.99
Soups of the Day: made from scratch using fresh ingredients; cup, 3.99; bowl, 6.99
Green Salad: greens, shredded carrots, tomato, onion, seeds
choice of house dressings: creamy yoghurt-dill ‘Branch’ or Apple Cider Vinaigrette
small 3.99; regular 6.99
TACO SALAD: choice of smoked beef brisket, house-roasted chicken, or smoked tempeh, with greens, cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, beans, and corn chips 16.99
GARDEN DINNER SALAD: greens, shredded carrots, tomato, onion, seeds
choice of dressings: creamy yoghurt-dill ‘Branch’ or Apple Cider Vinaigrette 13.99
MEAT + POTATOES: ask yer server about today's fresh cut steak selection...
TEXAS BBQ PLATE: our signature house-smoked beef brisket and slices of grilled local sausage, served with Branch bbq sauce, slaw, beans, onions, pickle, roasted potatoes, and rémoulade 24.99
CHICKEN BBQ PLATE: bone-in chicken thighs, served with Branch bbq sauce, slaw, beans, onions, pickle, roasted potatoes, and rémoulade 20.99
THE WHOLE ENCHILADA: corn tortillas filled with your choice of house-smoked beef brisket, chicken, or tempeh,with onions, Portobello mushrooms, and peppers, baked with cheese and ranchero sauce; with beans, rice, sour cream, salsa and guacamole tempeh 18.99 (vegan on request) beef brisket 19.99 chicken 19.99
SUMMER HERB TROUT: wild-caught Ontario trout with chermoula (parsley & cilantro pesto), served over rice with tomato-melon-cucumber salad 23.99
COCONUT-LIME CHICKEN :stir-fry of chicken morsels, fresh vegetables, garlic, & ginger, served over rice with creamy coconut-lime sauce, scallions and cilantro (spice it up as you like) 19.99
BRANCH POUTINE: with St Albert’s cheese curds, house-smoked beef brisket, herb-roasted potatoes, and red wine gravy 19.99
ALL ABOVE ENTREES include house cornbread as well as a small soup or small salad to start
OR substitute a small Caesar salad to start 99¢
BRANCHBURGERS AND BBQ SANDWICHES:
Branchburger: 100% local, grass-fed beef, thick & juicy, on a toasted Kaiser with rémoulade, grainy mustard, lettuce, onion, tomato; with roasted potato wedges, rémoulade for dipping, and a pickle 14.99
how about some:
sautéed onions: .99
sautéed Portobello mushrooms: .99
blue cheese: 2.99
fried egg: 1.99
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.
Paleobranchburger: as above, but served on a housemade paleo Kaiser with Caesar salad (with no croutons) 14.99
Veggie Burger: marinated and smoked tempeh patty, served as above, but with bbq sauce (vegan) 13.99
substitute housemade gluten-free Kaiser 1.
The Brisket Sandwich: 4 oz house-smoked beef brisket, sliced & served on a toasted kaiser with bbq sauce & slaw 12.99 (add roasted potato wedges 2.99)
Gluten-Free or Vegan? Treat yourself! Ask your server…
Nicole’s Magic Mousse (GF, V): rich chocolate mousse, orange-cherry compote 4.99
Warm Apple Strawberry Crisp (GF): served with caramel sauce & whipped cream 4.99
Sticky Toffee Cake (GF): served warm with caramel sauce & whipped cream 4.99
What’s The Scoop? house-made vanilla bean ice cream a la mode add 1.50
KIDS: (includes a small drink and ice cream)
5.99 (choice of)
Pasta and Cheese with a toasted kaiser bun
Open Faced Grilled Cheese with ketchup, carrots & a pickle
7.99 (choice of)
Chicken Melt: toasted bun, roasted chicken, mayo, melted cheese, & carrot sticks
KidBurger: toasted bun, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, carrot sticks & a pickle