We're back from Oktoberfest! (We also never left, as you know.) Much gratitude is owed to the staff that worked so hard to hold down both forts at once, and also to all the great people that came out to show their love for delicious bbq, craft beer, and good music, in Vankleek Hill and in Kemptville. We couldn't do it without your support. Thank you!
For those of us who still have room for more sausage and beef brisket, the Branch is back to work as usual this week, slinging that texas bbq brisket and sausages and all kinds of other things on the menu. Look forward to another chef's tasting menu this weekend offering up the best the Ontario harvest has to offer.
While you're filling your bellies with local food and drink, our executive songwriter, Bruce Enloe, will serenade you at 8pm on Wednesday night with his friends ($5 suggested). Come and sing along! Or just listen! Which is what you will want to do on Thursday night (8pm), when we are graced by the profoundly insightful and spine-tingling songs of Jon Brooks. In a sea of loud noises, cutesy-poo imagery and slick marketing, multi-award winning songwriter Jon Brooks has taken the road less traveled in the often slippery, snake-ridden world of music. The Torontonian troubadour is first and foremost a songwriter - and his songs speak more loudly and poignantly than any marketing-company-driven photo image. In 1997, while traveling through the former Soviet Union, Brooks’ stark and vivid musical pathway began to unravel before him. If there is anyone carrying on a tradition that mashes Dylan, Springsteen, and Tom Waits, with a healthy dash of Woody Guthrie on the side, Brooks is that very soul. There is no topic that he is afraid to sing about, and there is no rock he won’t turn over in his brutal but necessary lyrical pilgrimage.
He stands alone. He brings an inestimable passion and a haunting command of melody – his songs are an integral part of his DNA, and his gravely, unique voice conveys that to his audience. His ability to slap and thumb-tap his guitar like a thunder-drum and pluck his strings like a sad harp are enchanting gifts. His 2012 release Delicate Cages dances meditatively around themes of fear, imprisonment and freedom, and it earned him a songwriter of the year nomination from the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Brooks will be performing a one-night only, intimate show at the Branch on Thursday at 8pm. Call 613.258.3737 to reserve your seat!
It's not the only night to consider, remember, the Branch is doing it's best to get music in every night if we can, so come out and enjoy it while it's warm! It will by a beautiful warm afternoon on Friday, perfect to enjoy a tasting menu and get settled in for a performance by Ian Reid, another Ontarian troubadour. With a passion for a good story and the poignancy of everyday life in small communities, Ian’s songwriting reflects what we can and can’t change and often leaves listeners remarking on the parallels to his lyrics with their own lives.
As English writer Tom Marshall put it, “Listening to Ian’s music is like catching up with an old friend; his voice recalls memories we all share, and you just want to be there too.” He “captures moments of truth in bubbles of music that float so easily in your mind” says Irish songwriter Jimmy Bowens. He weaves these little moments into melodies and chords. His music has also been described as “Neil Young crossed with the playfulness of Jonathan Richman.”
Ian has a uniquely engaging and entertaining stage presence and an ability to connect with his audiences. He loves to augment his voice, guitar, and ukulele with quirky anecdotes from home and abroad.
Since returning from years of overseas teaching in 2008, Ian has played over 300 shows, earning much respect from his musical peers and fans alike. He has won songwriting awards in South Korea, Guelph and Kitchener. “Patsy’s Place” is one of the most popular songs played on CBC Radio.
Elora music events coordinator/promoter, Claire McElhinney, spoke of Ian as ‘the most engaging singer/songwriter since Ron Sexsmith first appeared on the music scene. To see Ian in performance is to be utterly charmed.”
And for Saturday night, we are proud to present Lucas Haneman (9pm, $10). Lucas is a full time guitarist, composer, songwriter, & frontman of The Lucas Haneman Express. Performing in a range of styles, and on a range of stringed instruments, Lucas Haneman is a highly regarded performer, session musician, and guitar teacher who has toured across Canada. He has released an album of his original compositions, and is a rising star in the Ottawa blue scene! Come see him now before he's too big for a place like the Branch.
For any one of those shows, from Wednesday to Saturday, the grill opens at 5pm. Come and enjoy bbq, and a craft beer, and don't forget to call ahead to reserve your seats for the music (613.258.3737). Enjoy Canada's best Texas BBQ every day from the Grill, while enjoying local music in the most intimate venue in the region. Call us at 613-258-3737 to place an order or make a reservation, Wednesday to Sunday.
Sunday, October 11 ~ Free Thanksgiving Lunch, 11am-2pm (closed at 2), 'pay what you can, can pay with a can'... donations benefit the Salvation Army Food Bank.
Thanks for reading!
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
Awesome Balls: cornmeal battered fritters of house-smoked brisket, jalapenos and cheddar cheese, served with sour cream 9.99
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
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
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
CATFISH AND CHIPS: cornmeal-battered catfish fillets, with slaw, roasted potato wedges, rémoulade, & pickles 19.99
JAMBALAYA: with sausage, catfish and roast chicken, onions, peppers and celery, Cajun spices, red wine tomato sauce, rice and remoulade 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¢
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 13.99
Gluten-Free or Vegan? Treat yourself! Ask your server…
Nicole’s Magic Mousse (GF, V): rich chocolate mousse cake, cookie crust, fruit coulis 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)
Penne and Cheese with garlic toast
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
Friday and Saturday:
$3 DYNAMITE TACO NIGHT!! Boom goes the happy hour! From 5-7pm every Friday and Saturday, come grab your choice of a giant beef, chicken or veggie taco, for just $3 apiece! Each taco comes on a hot, fresh local gluten free, non GMO corn tortilla from Ottawa's own Taco Dynamite, and is filled with smoked beef brisket, roast chicken or a veggie filling; peppers onions and mushrooms, sour cream and salsa; add you can add a side of guacamole, jalapenos, beans or rice for only $1 each! Dyn-O-Mite!
Wednesday and Thursday:
Burger Bonanza!! Join us this and every Wednesday and Thursday between 5 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 vegetarian versions are also available…).
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, roasted 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.
Wednesday, October 7th ~ Bruce Enloe & Friends, 8pm
Thursday, October 8th ~ Jon Brooks, 8pm
Friday, October 9th ~ Ian Reid,8pm
Saturday, October 10th ~ Lucas Haneman, 9pm, $10
Sunday, October 11 ~ Free Thanksgiving Lunch, 11-2, 'pay what you can, can pay with a can'... donations benefit the Salvation Army Food Bank.
That's all for now, thanks for reading!
- The Folks at the Branch
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!