Come out this week to hear amazing music, eat delicious food and live your life to it's fullest! That's right, it's just another week at the Branch...
Bruce Enloe and The Burning Sensations' (hey, that's me!) long journey on the road to a new musical release is finally complete! Get your copy of the new album , Unseasonably Cool, here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bruceenloe5
Please note, our in-house menu may change without notice depending on market pricing and seasonal availability...
STARTERS & SALADS:
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 7.99
Add chicken 2.99 Add beef brisket 3.60
Soups of the Day: made from scratch using fresh ingredients; cup, 2.99; bowl, 5.99
Green Salad: greens, shredded carrots, tomato, onion, seeds
choice of house dressings: creamy yoghurt-dill ‘Branch’ or Apple Cider Vinaigrette
small 2.99; regular 5.99; dinner sized 11.99
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 tofu, with greens, cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, beans, and corn chips 16.99
ENTREES: include house cornbread as well as a small soup or small salad to start OR substitute a small Caesar salad to start 99¢
Steak & Potatoes: ask your server about today’s fresh cut…
Texas BBQ Plate: our signature house-smoked beef brisket served with Branch bbq sauce, mashed potatoes (substitute roasted potatoes for 1.50), slaw, beans, onions, & pickles 23.99
Chicken BBQ Plate: choice of bone breast with wing or 2 legs; served with Branch bbq sauce, mashed potatoes & gravy (substitute roasted potatoes for 1.50), slaw, beans, onions, & a pickle 19.99
Very Veggie BBQ Plate: house-smoked tofu, sautéed onions, peppers, & Portobello mushrooms, served with Branch bbq sauce, mashed potatoes (substitute roasted potatoes for 1.50), slaw, beans, onions, & pickles 18.99
Catfish and Chips: farm raised catfish, Cajun spiced cornmeal batter, remoulade, roasted potatoes and slaw 21.99
'Grown Up' Mac n' Cheese: whole wheat macaroni, 3 cheeses, house-smoked beef brisket, caramelized onions, heavy cream & garlic toast 19.49
Enchiladas Verde: choice of roast chicken or 'wild' tofu, mushrooms, onions and peppers baked in corn tortillas with chile-tomatillo salsa verde, served with beans, rice, salsa, sour cream and guacamole 23.99
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) 13.99
Housemade Veggie Burger: black bean and brown rice patty, served as above, but served with bbq sauce (vegan) 13.99
substitute housemade gluten-free Kaiser 1.
Gluten-Free or Vegan? Treat yourself! Ask your server…
Nicole’s Magic Mousse (GF, V): rich chocolate mousse cake, cookie crust, fruit coulis 5.99
Warm Apple Crisp (GF): served with caramel sauce & whipped cream 5.99
Sticky Toffee Cake (GF): served warm with caramel sauce & whipped cream 5.99
What’s The Scoop? house-made vanilla bean ice cream a la mode add 1.50
5.99 includes a small drink and ice cream
Macaroni and Cheese with garlic toast
Open Faced Grilled Cheese with ketchup, carrots & a pickle
7.99 includes a small drink and ice cream
Chicken Melt: toasted bun, roasted chicken, mayo, melted cheese, & carrot sticks
Chicken Leg: roasted chicken drumstick & thigh, carrot sticks & branch dip
KidBurger: toasted bun, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, carrot sticks & a pickle
Wednesday, Thursday (5-8pm) and now SUNDAY, 2-8pm!:
BBQ Bonanza!! Come check out our Wednesday, Thursday and SUNDAY special! The meal includes a choice of our famous house-smoked beef brisket or roast chicken from Lyon’s Family Farm in Spencerville (choice of white or dark meat), mashed potatoes, BBQ sauce and slaw… it is available every Wednesday and Thursday, from 5pm to 8pm, and now on SUNDAYS FROM 2-8PM, 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 and 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 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, $49.99: (please note the slight price increase, recent changes in our beef prices have made this unfortunately necessary...) 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 SUNDAY, if you call before 3pm. Add some Mac n’ Cheese for the kiddos for just $4.99.
Weeknight Music-- George Buys will be singing and playing his boogie-woogie rhythm and blues on Wednesday evening for the next two weeks, with Chef Bruce and the gang returning on May 6... Thursday: (not every week... call to check) come hear the dulcet instrumental slide and lap steel guitar tones of the mysterious and wonderful Frank Western, 7pm... (Wednesday and Thursday are tip jar shows).
Friday 1 ~ KEN TIZZARD, 9pm, $12.50.
No Dark No Light
Very few Canadian musicians have had as fascinatingly diverse a career as Ken Tizzard. In over two decades as a professional musician, he has gone from plying his trade as the charismatic bassist in top Canadian rock bands The Watchmen and Thornley (he is featured on six gold and platinum records)to then emerging as an eloquent roots-based singer/songwriter and guitarist with a prolific solo career.
Wearing his rock 'n roll hat, Ken has toured internationally, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and played such major venues as The Air Canada Centre. When he puts on his cowboy hat, Tizzard can be spotted performing his original material, solo or with a band, for a loyal and growing audience in pubs, clubs and concert halls across Canada.
His new album, No Dark No Light, is Tizzard's fifth solo studio record since his 2006 debut, Quiet Storey House...an Introduction. A work of real emotional and musical resonance, No Dark No Light is emerging as his strongest work to date. It continues Ken's pattern of never repeating himself stylistically, as its acoustic country balances its folk ambience.
There is a soul-baring lyrical honesty to the material on No Dark No Light. The majority of the songs are focused upon his own emotions and experiences or those of close friends, but, in true folk music tradition, he also creates characters and stories. He takes those songs just as seriously, striving to imbue them with real authenticity. "I see those songs as research pieces," says Ken. "Rather like a method actor working on a role, I really immerse myself in those themes, searching to find the real story."
Tizzard has now moved out of the dark and into the light, and his luminous music is ready to shine.
Saturday 2 ~ Mike Edel + Towers and Trees, 9pm, $10. Victoria, British Columbia's Mike Edel is touring in support of his new album 'India/Seattle,' here is the lowdown from his website on that new release... "Even the title, India/Seattle feels like a story on it’s own. Victoria’s Mike Edel couldn’t have named his sophomore release more poetically.
Part of growing a little bit older, a little bit wiser is the awareness that comes inside growing spaces. Nearing thirty, on the exhaust of a brutal four year touring schedule, Edel settled inside these spaces to create his finest work yet. There’s a quiet here, even in the literal spaces in the record that speak loudly.
There’s something about the way Edel presents personal experiences in a way that project universal understandings. Love and beauty, pain and confusion, the knowledge that all precious things are only precious because they can be lost. It feels a little bit like growing up - like the moment when everything that felt so close as a young person is all of a sudden so far away. It’s the comfort in finding that you aren’t alone. There’s a humanity in these discoveries, and listening to India/Seattle feels like watching Edel discover it for himself, and the product is a little bit of each of us."
Co-bill performers, Towers and Trees are an indie rock collective from Victoria, BC with a rich, anthemic sound and thoughtful songwriting that harkens to groups like Hey Rosetta, The Arcade Fire and Coldplay. With its roots as a home recording project by singer/songwriter Adrian Chalifour, the original vision of Towers and Trees was simply to rediscover the joy of creating and sharing music, free of any pressure, measure or expectation.
Sunday 26 ~ Open mic, hosted by Greg Kelly, 3-6pm, open 2-8pm. For those of you new to the Branch, Sundays are our 'Rubber Boots', or, our 'casual' day... On the food front, things have changed a little this year, instead the full buffet we are offering a smaller version with a selection of soups and salads, all you can eat, for just $9.99. We are also now offering our popular BBQ Bonanza Special all afternoon and evening--here's how that works: for just $15.99, you can choose between 6 oz. of our signature house-smoked BBQ beef brisket or a choice of light or dark meat roasted chicken (with even more choices from time to time), or any combination of the above, it comes with coleslaw, mashed potatoes and BBQ sauce! If you try the BBQ, the soup and salad buffet is only $4.99. We are also offering a pared down version of our regular menu as well as a kid's menu & a selection of our house-made desserts! In the same way that the open mic welcomes all types of musicians, the atmosphere is casual and fun and welcomes all types of everyone, whether you come to listen or to perform; it's a great day to meet new folks, come in for a $6 Beau's on draft (or two!) a pot of tea, some munchies and BBQ, make some friends, enjoy your downtown on a Sunday afternoon. We'd love to see you this Sunday!
Friday, May 1 ~
May 8 ~ Ariana Gillis, 9pm, $15. She's back! Book ahead for what is sure to be a fantastic show...
"Ariana Gillis may be the best new emerging
artist anywhere, PERIOD!"
– Dave Marsh, best selling author, former music critic of __
Rolling Stone Magazine & Creem Magazine.
That's all for now, thanks for reading!
May 18 ~ JP Cormier, 8pm, $20.
June 4 ~ Oh Susanna, 8pm, $25. Holy Moly!
June 5 ~ Craig Cardiff, 9pm, $20.
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!