It's that time of year again! As always, our Valentine’s Day Menu is about sharing, finger foods, and foods that are considered to have natural aphrodisiac qualities, "…say what?!" Translation: "Boom-chicka-wow…" Oh yeah, you know what I mean…
AVAILABLE ALL VALENTINE'S WEEKEND! FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY... Reserve now, seating is already limited.
Barcelona Nights: a platter of mixed finger foods for sharing: roasted peppers, herbed olives, artisan cheese, house pate, pickles, crackers
Second Base choice of:
SOUP: Caramelized Onion & Wild Mushroom Cappuccino with Truffled Foam
SALAD: Crispy Fried Oysters: with barely dressed greens, ginger, lime, chile, & ginseng aioli
Third Base choice of:
Espresso Rubbed Striploin: thick-cut 6oz premium beef, grilled to your liking, chocolate-herb ‘love’ butter, whipped potatoes, and seasonal vegetables
Menage A Trois: chicken three ways: chicken breast with coconut-lime sauce; chicken & saffron jasmine rice; honey-garlic glazed drumstick, with chermoula-herbed seasonal vegetables
Chocolate Fondue for Two: includes fruit, cookies and lots of molten, delicious, finger licking chocolate…mmmm…I wonder where this is going?
So there you have it; dinner for two is just $79…call us soon to reserve you seats for this weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday).
On the way to Valentine's, get yer Branch fix with live music and Beau's FeBREWary beers, like the soon-to-be-extinct Tyrannosaurus Gruit ale! Before the weekend arrives, join us on Wednesday and Thursday for Burger Bonanza! Our famous Branchburgers are only $11.99, with additional toppings only 99 cents (fried egg and bacon, anyone?). That deal is available during regular dinner service from 5pm - 8pm.
Thursday night, enjoy The Ramblin' Valley Band (6pm, tip jar). The Ramblin’ Valley Band has been cooking up flavourful jams mixing blues, country, bluegrass and rock and roll into one sweet spread. For over 2 years the band has been sharing their talents with Ottawa music lovers, and have been received with dancing, singing, hootin’ and hollering all along the way. When you watch the RVB you’re going to see a versatile band that can jump genres seamlessly, trade instruments with ease, and works together to highlight each member as a part in a mighty groovin’ machine.
Thursday also marks the tapping of the next Beau's FeBREWary beer, the Embitterment IPA! It's a mint-infused india pale. Very limited supplies, so don't wait to try it out! Also, enter to win a 12-pack of Beau's bottles in a gorgeous wooden crate.
Friday, come and join one of our favorite indie-folk-rockers Low Country Hill for an intimate Listening Room performance (9pm, $10). Low Country Hill (aka Paul Hogetorp) is not to be missed - it's for everyone with two ears connected to a heart. Paul is a longtime resident and an evolving fan of Hamilton but has roots all over Canada, having lived in four provinces. His musical apprenticeship began as a multi-instrumentalist in the successful Canadian indie band The Immigrants from the mid-1990s until 2003. The band released four albums (one of which won Pop Album of 2001 at The Canadian Independent Music Awards), toured extensively and received nationwide radio play and video rotation. In recent years, Paul has been channelling some of his musical passion into programs for people living with developmental disabilities. An indescribable spirit of musical and personal connection swirls around these programs, like when a young man forgot that he was having a bad day after singing Let It Be, or when an entire session group burst into a spontaneous dance in the midst of a stirring Carter Family song. That positive energy and openness to possibility rippled into Paul’s own songwriting process as he created Low Country Hill.
The heartfelt music continues on Saturday night with Matthew + Curtis Chaffey (aka The Split) featuring Kelly Sloan; they will be performing as the Hopeless Romantics. Their Valentine's Show starts at 9pm ($15 cover).
On Sunday, we will be opening later than usual for a special Valentine's Day celebration! The grill will be open from 4pm until 8:30pm, serving exclusively our four-course Valentine's menu for two (see above!). Enjoy a romantic dinner accompanied by the piano and upright bass of Don Reid + Neil Sealy!
If we didn't get a chance to tell you yet, the grill will be closing a bit earlier for the winter months. Here's an overview of our updated hours this week:
BRANCH WINTER HOURS:
Grill open 5:00pm - 8:00pm (bar service until 9pm)
Grill open 5:00pm - 9:00pm (bar service until 11pm)
Grill open 4:00pm - 8:30pm (No Open Stage)
(CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS)
Thanks for loving one another!
~ the folks at the Branch
MUSIC THIS WEEK:
~ Thursday February 11th ~ The Ramblin' Valley Band, 6pm, tip jar
MORE ABOUT THE RAMBLIN' VALLEY BAND:
The Ramblin’ Valley Band has been cooking up flavourful jams mixing blues, country, bluegrass and rock and roll into one sweet spread. For over 2 years the band has been sharing their talents with Ottawa music lovers, and have been received with dancing, singing, hootin’ and hollering all along the way. When you watch the RVB you’re going to see a versatile band that can jump genres seamlessly, trade instruments with ease, and works together to highlight each member as a part in a mighty groovin’ machine.
~ Friday February 12th ~ Low Country Hill, 9pm, $10
MORE ABOUT LOW COUNTRY HILL:
It’s hard to pin down what it feels like to make a debut record, but Paul Hogeterp describes it as a playful journey on a trans-Canada scale. His new solo project, Low Country Hill, produced by Dave King at his barn-turned-studio on the outskirts of Hamilton, Canada, has an inviting, sonic architecture and good old-fashioned soul. If you have the genre-designation impulse, you might file Low Country Hill under “abbey rock.”
Paul says the county-road commute to the barn served as a prepping ritual and a gentle prod: on the drive, he’d listen to the music of Neil Halstead, Lucinda Williams, Damien Jurado, Mary Gauthier, Son Volt and Sigur Ros in rotation; or sometimes just take in the sweet silence of a radio-free ride. During the recording process, Paul and his musical collaborators mused that the barn, with its high ceilings and rough-cut pine framing, felt like a cathedral— or at least an abbey in the countryside (hence "abbey rock"). Looking out at the pastoral southern Ontario landscape from behind the mic stand inspired a wide-open approach to music-making.
And when it was time to get down to work, Paul and Dave got into some “why not” experimentation, driven by a trust in each other’s instincts. A wonderful cast of talented compadres, family and guest musicians — including Pat Sansone of Wilco and The Autumn Defense, and Bill Dillon who has worked with Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson, and Sarah MacLachlan — expanded the adventure with their generous artistry and passion.
~ Saturday February 13th ~ The Hopeless Romantics Valentines Show with Matthew & Curtis Chaffey (aka The Split), ft. Kelly Sloan, 9pm, $15
MORE ABOUT THE SPLIT:
THE SPLIT's original songs are vivacious dance tunes as much as they are melancholic reflections on life and love. Lead singer Matt Chaffey’s smoky timbre elicits memories of Chess Records’ golden era, while poignantly expressing meditations on loss, stress, heartbreak, and starting over. If you’ve been searching for a sound that reflects and distinctly re-imagines the best of soul music, look no further than THE SPLIT.
~ Sunday February 14th ~ VALENTINE'S DAY! Open 4pm-8:30pm; Live Music with Don Reid + Neil Sealy (5-8pm)
~ Thursday February 18th ~ Pat Maloney, Scott Moffatt, + Doug Wallace, 7pm, pay what you can
~ Friday February 19th ~ Bruce Enloe + the Burning Sensations, 8pm, pay what you can
~ Saturday February 20th ~ Josef Mieto, 9pm, $10
~ Sunday February 21st ~ Open Stage, 3pm-6pm
~ Friday February 26th ~ Mike Edel, 7pm, pay what you can
~ Saturday February 27th ~ The Monroe Sisters, 9pm, $10
~ Sunday February 28th ~ Refugees in North Grenville Fundraiser ft. Bella Borealis, the Castle Minstrels, and the Heroic Mad Peasants, 3pm-6pm
~ Friday March 4th ~ George Buys, 8pm, pay what you can
~ Saturday March 5th ~ Lucas Haneman, 9pm, $10
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 abouttoday'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, roasted potatoes, slaw, beans, onions, & pickles 23.99
CHICKEN BBQ PLATE: bone-in grilled chicken thighs, served with Branch bbq sauce, roasted potatoes, slaw, beans, onions, & pickles 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
'GROWN-UP' MAC AND CHEESE: with mozzarella, Parmesan, and cheddar cheeses, smoked beef brisket, garlic, caramelized onions, cream, and garlic toast (gluten-free available) 19.99
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
BRISKET POUTINE: St. Albert's cheese curds, red wine gravy, and house-smoked beef brisket over herb-roasted potato wedges 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
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.