Here are a couple of things to note about this sexy upcoming weekend at the Branch: One; yes, technically The Marrieds will be 'doing it with the lights out' this Saturday at The Branch; 'it', (naturally), being that they are playing an acoustic, candlelit set for Earth Hour starting at 8:30pm... (wink) The Marrieds are one of our favourite acts here at the Branch-- they are fun, sweet, upbeat an incredibly talented--even in the dark! And Two; Ginger St. James is here this Friday-- Her show is described as 'Rowdy Country Blues', and if her most recent cd is any indication, you could probably stick 'a-billy' onto any of those descriptors and be even more accurate... Also, here is a picture that should pique your interest in that show--just in case you weren't already planning to come out:
(Hey! You! I think she's trying to tell you something!)
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: fritters of cornmeal batter, brisket bits, jalapeños and cheddar cheese, fried crisp and 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: bone breast with wing, served with Branch bbq sauce, mashed potatoes (substitute roasted potatoes for 1.50), slaw, beans, onions, & pickles 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 17.99
Southern Fried Chicken: 'dark meat' chicken from Lyon's Family Farm, battered and fried served with cream gravy, mashed potatoes and slaw 19.99
Sausage & Catfish Jambalaya: house stuffed and smoked grassfed beef and pork sausage (made Beau's Farm Table Mild Ale) & farm raised catfish with Cajun spices, onions, carrots and celery in a rich red wine-tomato sauce over brown rice with remoulade 20.49
'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, naturally raised beef, thick & juicy, on a toasted Kaiser with rémoulade, grainy mustard, lettuce, onion, tomato; with roasted potato wedges, rémoulade for dipping, and a pickle 13.99
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 4.99
Warm Apple 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
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 a roast 1/2 chicken from Lyon’s Family Farm in Spencerville, 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, $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 SUNDAY, if you call before 3pm. Add some Mac n’ Cheese for the kiddos for just $4.99.
Weeknight Music is back this winter-- Chef Bruce and friends (hey, that's me!) will be playing every Wednesday for a while, 8pm start... Here's some samples from the new (upcoming) album: link. Thursday: 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 27 ~ Ginger St. James, rowdy country blues, 9pm, $10. “A sassy and dynamic rockabilly singer, songwriter and guitarist, creating a national buzz with some slightly cheeky music and a captivating charisma fueled by her roaring voice and model beauty.” – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star
With her sultry and powerful voice, her sassy and commanding stage presence, and a repertoire that blends country, rock n’ roll and blues, Ginger St. James packs a lot of entertainment into her 5-foot frame.
* View Magazine (Hamilton)’s Best Female Artist (2008-2013)
* 2014 Hamilton Spectator Reader’s Choice Diamond Award: Best Local Musician
* Two songs featured on the HBO Television Series “Call Me Fitz”
* Supports for Robert Gordon, Johnny Reid, The Blasters, Reverend Horton Heat and Sleepy LaBeef
* “Please Mister Driver” featured on Classic Rock Magazine’s 2012 Young, Gifted & Blues CD
* Alt/Country Recording of the Year at the 2010 Hamilton Music Awards
“If you haven’t seen this Hamilton singing sensation, its really time you did” – Graham Rockingham, The Hamilton Spectator.
“A sultry singer with a surprisingly lithe and powerful voice, razor wit and a vaudevillian sense of showmanship. It’s no put-on.” – Hamilton Magazine
“Diesel & Peas 9/10 – A definite contender for my album of the year and one foot tapping monster of a hit.” – Tony TC Corner, Firebrand Rock Radio UK
“Nothing I like better than someone that can sing and play the blues, with a bit of honky tonk/rockabilly tossed in. Diesel and Peas has it all. Her powerful voice can cover it all. You ain’t seen nothing yet from Ginger St. James. Bravo!” -Ted Michaels, CHML Radio
“She’s saucy. She’s slinky. And she’s sultry… She’s Ginger St. James. And when she sings you know you’re hearing something special” – Ken Wallis, 101.5 The Hawk FM
Saturday 28 ~ The Marrieds, upbeat folk, acoustic and candlelit for Earth Hour at 8:30pm, $10. London, ON duo Jane Carmichael (vocals, uke) and Kevin Kennedy (vocals, guitar) officially formed as The Marrieds in December 2010 when they posted 3 snow day songs on YouTube during London’s “Snowmageddon.” The songs received over 10 000 views in a couple of days and captured the attention of CBC Radio, making them “The Sound of the Day” across Canada.
This young couple currently has two full-length albums (Self-Titled released in 2011 and Saving Hopereleased in 2013) as well as an EP (Snow Song Trilogy released in 2011) under their belts. They’ve shared the stage with Kathleen Edwards, Bahamas, Danny Michel, Peter Katz, Treble Charger, The Trews, Lennie Gallant, Colleen Brown, Ian Thomas and Meaghan Smith to name but a few.
“Clean, true and great blended harmonies with interesting song lyrics" — Vina Moses, QCCR 99.3 DJ Liverpool, NS
“Expect a folk-country sound filled with playful lyrics and sweet harmonies" — Lori Mastronardi, The London Free Press
“Enjoyable album with strong songs.”
— Bob Mersereau, CBC’s East Coast Music with Bob Mersereau
"The Marrieds are way too cute.”
— Dave Navarro, Jane’s Addiction
*** 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees (Vocal Group of the Year)
***2014 Jack Richardson Music Award Winners (Folk Category)
Sunday 29 ~ Open Mic hosted by Carey Graham, 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 1/2 lb. of our signature house-smoked BBQ beef brisket or 2 chicken legs or a 1/2 lb. house-smoked pork spare ribs or any combination of the above, it comes with coleslaw, mashed potatoes and BBQ sauce and, 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! Did I mention the ribs? This Week's Open Mic is hosted by Carey Graham, yes, THAT Carey Graham!
Thursday, April 16 ~ Jon Brooks, 9pm, $20. “I write songs to calm those who’ve looked into, and seen, what is in their hearts. I also write songs to terrify those who have not.” -- Jon Brooks
It was in 1997, at 28 years old, and at the end of a year of travelling throughout Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and particularly, throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina – it was during this time Jon discovered what kind of song he wanted to write. In 2006 he began singing that song. In 2014 Borealis Records released his 5th album, The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside. Jon is Kerrville New Folk Winner and a three-time “Songwriter of the Year” nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside crashes the folk/roots party in late 2014 with a death count of 75. It’s an album of rural Canadian murder ballads and was recorded in Toronto by well-awarded and oft-acclaimed producer/engineer, David Travers-Smith. Jon’s 5th full length release is an intrepid solo set that defies categorization and resists any ‘folk,’ ‘singer-songwriter,’ or ‘solo acoustic’ description. Equal parts local Canadiana and universal horror, this is a collection that has buried all the trademark Jon Brooks social commentary in a shallow, roadside grave. Philosophical paradox, gallows humour, impossible love, titillating gore, adulterous sex, serial killers, gun dealers, rampage killing, missing women, First Nations catastrophe, necrophilia, Shakespeare, and John Milton: The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside is neither an album for casual fans nor is it music that will ever be heard in your dentist’s waiting room. Why record such a violent set of songs? In Jon’s words, “because: a) I wanted to write an album from which nobody indifferently escapes, an album that can only be loved or hated; b) if courage is a muscle, it needs to be exercised with a healthy dose of fear today; and c) I’ve already done four albums that inspire: it’s now time to offend.”
“(Brooks) speaks and sings words that need to be spoken and sung and he does it beautifully, perfectly, and with absolute finesse.” - Rod Kennedy, Founder and Producer of The Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX
“Brooks stands among an exalted few in the enduring Canadian song tradition – Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Fred Eaglesmith, Bruce Cockburn – as a lyricist, composer and performer with a fierce commitment to his craft and his vision.” - Greg Quill, The Toronto Star
“He is by turns metaphorical and metaphysical; at times he examines the small details of life, at others, he soars above human struggles seeking something higher; his gritty voice is infinitely kind and gentle. Mature, wise, and intrepid – somehow Jon Brooks sings a path to the mysterious and complex essence of the human condition.” - Julie Miller, CFLX 95,5 Sherbrooke, PQ
“Political songwriting’ is all too often assumed to be shouty simplistic protest, and all too often it is and therefore tends to be ignored…Brooks knows this and his songs are songs first and messages second…a powerful and at times brutally clear-sighted vision armed only with an acoustic guitar, a harmonica, and a gritty ragged voice…Brooks is a star in the making.” – Maverick Magazine, UK
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!
June 4 ~ Oh Susanna and Jim Bryson, 8pm, $25. Holy Moly!
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!