TONIGHT: A duo from Cuba named Kereya has been added for a last minute show... Do not miss, in town this week only for the Ottawa Folk Festival, these guys have just played to standing room only shows all over Ontario! Show starts at 8pm, $5 suggested...
Sorry for the late arrival and short note... Thanks to everyone who came out last week, and especially to our staff for helping us out when we needed them...
Have you tried the Brisket Poutine yet? it was so popular on Food day Canada that we have decided to add it to the regular menu... Here's a picture:
If 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…
South of the border? Try ‘Hola’ (google it, it works…) So, there you have it! Watch out for the wild tofu!
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
Brisket Sliders: bites of our famous brisket on toasted cornbread with BBQ sauce and slaw, $8.99
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
- Spicy Sausage, local beef and pork, made in collaboration with the good folks at the B&H grocery-- house smoked!
Jambalaya: wild Atlantic 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 $17.99
Rideau-touille: local, seasonal mix of eggplant, peppers, squash and tomatoes with white wine and 'herbes de province', served over rice, $17.99; with chicken, $22.99
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!
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-Strawberry 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 NEW 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, cornbread, BBQ sauce and slaw… it is available every Wednesday and Thursday, from 5pm to 9:30pm, it is hot and ready when you are, and either plate is only $15.99. That's right, just freakin' $15.99!
Friday & Saturday:
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 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 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 19 ~ Kristine St. Pierre (singer-songwriter), Shawna Caspi (singer-songwriter/fingerstyle guitar), 9pm, $7. Toronto-based, Ottawa-born singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi has performed from coast to coast and recently crossed the country singing on the train. This summer, she appeared at the Blue Skies Music Festival and the Summerfolk Festival and just released her third CD, "Apartments for Lovers" in August. Shawna brings her CD release tour to Kemptville with a concert at The Branch. With a powerful voice and serious guitar chops, a commanding stage presence and an inviting charm, she doesn’t need a band to deliver an engaging and energetic show. She has all the sound she needs under her fingertips, with a remarkable fingerstyle guitar technique.
Since first bracing the stages of Ottawa in 2006, the Canadian singer-songwriter has released two bilingual CDs (an EP in 2010 and full-length album in 2012), has played to audiences across Canada and around the world. From finger-picked folky ballads to rollicking, bluesy melodies, Kristine's style has been described as both fresh and raw. Her voice combined with her beautifully crafted songs are increasingly gaining her attention on the Canadian music scene.
Saturday 20 ~ John Wilberforce, 8pm, tip jar. John is a multi-instrumental musician currently residing just south of Kemptville in Oxford Station, Ontario. He’s been a songwriter for as long as he can remember and has always had a personal connection to music in many different forms. Working out of his home recording studio, he is a music producer/engineer, producing various projects for musicians in the Ottawa valley. His first album is currently being recorded with next spring currently set as the release date. If it needs to be labelled, John’s original music has a John Mayer/Sting vibe to it. He also sounds like himself and is proud to be able to perform his original music in front of very appreciative audiences.
Sunday 21 ~ Rubber Boots Buffet, 2-8pm and Jam 3-6pm. For those who are new to the clan, the Sunday Open Mic/Rubber Boots Buffet is a family friendly, fun, community day that welcomes musicians of all skill levels. We mix up the music schedule a bit with guest hosts like Greg Kelly and the Ukulele Kemptville Experience (UKE), and occasional 'Birthday Tribute' events, where participants are encouraged to play songs by an artist whose birthday is on or near the Sunday in question; While all that happens, the Rubber Boots Buffet is being served... it is an all day, all you can eat comfort food extravaganza (other menus such as pub grub, kids and a dessert menu are also available) and the whole day is a place where you can meet your neighbours, come in for a beer or a pot of tea, stay for a bowl of homemade soup and a song or two and leave with, well, a whole new batch of friends. Everyone is welcome—and yes, that means you! We’d love to see you this Sunday…
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!