Thanks to everyone who has come out over the last couple of weeks to help us celebrate Valentine's Day and, of course, FeBREWary... I hate to rub it in if you weren't able to make it, but, well, here goes! (wink) Last Thursday's special dinner is officially one of my top five favourite Branch events of all time. Working with Tim and Roshan at Aubin Farms has been one of the great joys of this business for as long as we've been here; simply put, they are the people we want to be when we grow up. On top of that, seeing and working with our old pal Steve Beauchesne from Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. again was also more than a treat; in the years we've known him (and the rest of the Beau's crew), they have become a world class example of how an ethical business can be not only viable but, frankly, way better than the alternative. Cheers to them, so much respect. What a night! What a great memory! Frank Western was pretty dang awesome as well... love that guy, just wish I could figure out who he reminds me of...
Speaking of John Carroll, (what?!) he and his pal Ron Leary are playing this Friday, and have also promised to take on any challengers in a two on two hockey match on the Kemptville Creek after the show.
One of the advantages of reading the Branch Newsletter (or reading the website!) is being ahead of the curve and getting the first word on our really freaking amazing music. We just want to make sure you folks are taking full advantage of your unique position... All of our music at the Branch is great, but some shows have us particularly excited. For instance, Thursday March 19 we are hosting international songwriting sensation and multiple award winner Jonathan Byrd, "one of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years" (Chicago Tribune) This show is what we like to call 'highly recommended'... that means you better make plans to come and see him or... else... you may not get tickets? Dave Gunning (March 20) is an East Coast star who is sure to please (check out all those East Coast and Nova Scotia Music Awards!) and there are lots more... (Ariana Gillis? Craig Cardiff?) If you want to keep up with which shows we feel are the most likely to sell out and to get the jump, just look for the asterisks (***) on the calendar next to these types of shows. Also, you can read more about at least some of these acts in the 'Coming Up' section below. Ok, so there you have it... welcome to the 'in crowd'!
Hey! Did you know that Beau's Lug Tread is always featured on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays? $6 pints. Yep.
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: two chicken legs, 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
Catfish and Chips: cornmeal-battered catfish fillets, with slaw, roasted potato wedges, rémoulade, & pickles 20.49
Brisket Poutine: our signature smoked beef brisket, local cheese curds and house-made gravy over roasted potato wedges 19.49
‘Grown-up’ Macaroni and Cheese: with Glengarry’s Barely Blue cheese, beef brisket, & sautéed onions 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.
substitute poutine 3.50
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 nowSUNDAY, 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 Fridayand 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. We will also be sprinkling in some George Harrison numbers this week in honour of his Birthday! On most Thursdays; (NOT THIS WEEK)(…or at least, not on Thursday, wink, wink…) come in to hear the dulcet tones of our dear friend, the mysterious Frank Western and his amazing collection of resonator, slide and lap steel guitars. Wednesdays and Thursdays (unless otherwise indicated) are tip jar shows.
Friday 27 ~ Ron Leary and John Carroll, 9pm, $10. Ron Leary is a modern day folk singer from Canada's deep dark south who lists Wilco, Phil Ochs and Townes Van Zandt among his influences. John Carroll is a living local legend, showman and skilled slide guitarist who never disappoints; and who lists Ron Leary among his influences. Or something like that. These two pals have played here together before and trust me, they play nice. Very Nice. Not to be missed!
Saturday 28 ~ Bryce Jardine, 8pm, $8 suggested (tip jar show). His debut album features members of The Beauties, City And Colour and Serena Ryder. Although he is newcomer to the Toronto scene, Bryce Jardine brings forth a stunning brand of roots/rock songwriting, with a unique and beautiful voice. Listen to him here.
Sunday 1 ~ 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 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 Greg Kelly, one of Ottawa's top songwriters and a dear friend of the Branch, do not miss!
Thursday, March 19 ~ Jonathan Byrd, 9pm, $20. “On Friday the 13th, November 1970, I was born at the Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina, probably the biggest military town in the country. Fort Bragg alone covers 250 square miles, and the used car dealerships and titty bars are like stars in the sky, grains of sand on the beach. The ground is sandy and the woods are open and piney, with tall loblollies, jack oaks, and the longleaf pine.”
If there ever was a songwriter that personified the term ‘True Grit’, Jonathan Byrd is that very man.
With one of the most storied, dark and interesting pasts of any living performer, Byrd is a wordsmith – and a true, sawdust-on-the-floor Southern man. He pulls no punches in his lyrics, as his words paint pictures of a stark, American landscape, and his juggernaut, plucky melodies are unstoppable. Only in his forties, Byrd sounds like a performer from another time, and perhaps the golden age of roots-country music - but he is also no stranger to adapting his style and shouldering new musical challenges.
In 2014, he released a collection of songs called You Can’t Outrun The Radio. The recordings were inspired by an impromptu song circle that happened out of thin air, at the Green Room in Montreal in 2009. In 2013, Byrd released Barn Birds with Northwesterner songstress Chris Kokesh. The album was a concept record about an ongoing, passionate and difficult conversation between two lovers.
With nine full albums since 2001, Byrd has been a busy man, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing his musical movements any time soon. Smart, witty and packed with harmonious tales, Byrd’s performances never cease to satisfy the listener, and this well-traveled, rugged rail-rider of the Southland will be stopping by the Branch on Thursday Marcy 19 at 9 PM. Tickets are $20 - and trust me when I say that this may be the best twenty bucks you’ll spend all year.
As always, space is limited, so be sure to call613-258-3737 today to reserve your spot when JByrd flies into town.
(written by Matty McKechnie)
Friday, March 20 ~ Dave Gunning, 9pm, $22.50. An engaging entertainer and award-winning songwriter, Dave has the magnetic ability to captivate audiences with his own brand of humorous storytelling and is rapidly building a solid audience fan base across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Dave has won many awards with his 10th album, “No More Pennies”, winning the 2014 East Coast Music Award for Solo Recording Of The Year and the Music Nova Scotia Award for Folk Recording Of The Year. Songs from that album include “These Hands” which won awards for Songwriter Of The Year and Song Of The Year at the 2014 ECMAs plus “A Game Going On” which won the CBC Hockey Night Song Quest Competition.
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!
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!