Enjoy Canada's best Texas BBQ in a beautifully air-conditioned bar and dining room (or on our colourful patio), and
$12 Branchburgers on Wednesday and Thursday from 5 until 8pm. Or come check out our gluten-free Dynamite Tacos from 5 until 7 pm on Friday and Saturday - only $3 a taco (beef, chicken, or veggie)!
Come out for live music on Friday night: If you like jazz, blues, country & traditional bluegrass music, this show is for you! Since 2006, County Road 5 has brought their upbeat toe-tappin', bass slappin' bluegrass show to various festivals & music venues all over Eastern Ontario, quickly becoming a fan favorite. We've hosted them at the Branch several times & it is always a pleasure to witness this group play with passion, genuinely enjoying the show just as much as their audience. Come see for yourself! This Friday, July 31st @ 9pm, $10 cover. They will also have their new CD, "Up North" available. (Check out more at http://www.cr5bluegrassband.com/about-us.php)
This Saturday, we are pleased to host the return of Johnny Coull from Montreal! Coull’s songs are vintage piano rock: punchy melodies, bright choruses, bluesy bursts of improvisation, songs that are complex and sprawling, couched in layers of guitar, a wailing Hammond organ, and virtuosic piano riffs. Lyrically, dark settings are explored: the loss of our innocence, the instability of our love and of our dreams, the frantic desperation that draws us on in a life that only sometimes delivers what it promises. This veteran singer-songwriter and storyteller will be joined by Olivier Boyer-Masutti on guitar and Tim van de Ven on drums (Saturday, August 1st @ 8pm, $7 suggested).
On Sunday, you can enjoy our $9.99 soup and salad buffet (kids pay their age!), as well as $15.99 BBQ plates, $14.99 Branchburgers, and $6 pints of Beau's Lug-Tread - from 2pm until 8pm, while you enjoy the Open Mic, hosted by Greg Kelly (3pm - 6pm)!
Next week, get ready for Sarah Jane Scouten on Thursday night! Just returned from tours in the UK and the EU, this country and roots singer-songwriter is sure to be a Branch favourite - call today to reserve your seats (Thursday, August 6th @ 8pm, $10 cover).
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, 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
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
CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD: grilled chicken breast, parmesan, house garlic–tomato dressing, romaine, croutons 16.99
GARDEN DINNER SALAD: greens, shredded carrots, tomato, onion, seeds
choice of dressings: creamy yoghurt-dill ‘Branch’ or Apple Cider Vinaigrette 13.99
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
SUMMER HERB CHICKEN BREAST: with rice, a cucumber-tomato salad, and garnished with chermoula herb oil 19.99
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 17.99 (vegan on request) beef brisket 18.99 chicken 18.99
CATFISH AND CHIPS: cornmeal-battered catfish fillets, with slaw, roasted potato wedges, rémoulade, & pickles 18.99
BRISKET POUTINE: our signature smoked beef brisket, local cheese curds and house-made gravy over roasted potato wedges 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.
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 Fridays and Saturdays between 5 and 7pm… (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, 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.
Sunday: 2pm - 8pm: pints of Beau's Lug-Tread only $6 plus tax!
Friday July 31 ~ County Road 5 Bluegrass Band, 9pm, $10
ABOUT COUNTY ROAD 5:
While primarily focusing on bluegrass music, CountyRoad 5 BluegrassBand are known to add some old country, folk, pop, old time, gospel and original material to their concerts– all with a contemporary “bluegrassified” twist. Anything goes with this talented ensemble! The current group consists of:
Dan Potter - mandolin, guitar, lead and harmony vocals Dan does the bulk of the vocal work for our group and writes the majority of our original material.
Barry Garvin - guitar Barry is an experienced player who plays exceptional lead breaks and has great rhythm. His rock, jazz, blues and folk influenced style of playing define our "sound"!
Christine Smith - banjo, lead and harmony vocals Christine's intuitive style of picking has garnered attention everywhere we play. Her vocals are also an essential piece of our over all "sound"!
Dan Buch - fiddle, lead and harmony vocals Dan is an experienced multi-instrumentalist who plays mandolin & guitar as well. He also writes some of the original material you will hear from our group.
Jim Bossert - upright bass fiddle From Ottawa, Jim is the newest member of our group. We are excited to have him join us to hold down the "bottom end" of our ensemble. You may have seen Jim in any one of a number of groups from the area, groups ranging from bluegrass to roots to blues to tango. That's right folks, tango! He is a great addition to the musical melting pot that is CountyRoad 5 BluegrassBand!
Saturday August 1st ~ Johnny Coull, 9pm, $7
ABOUT JOHNNY COULL:
Johnny Coull is an independent singer-songwriter based in Montreal, Canada. His debut album City on the Hill was released in December 2013. A seasoned pianist, Coull completed the McGill Conservatory classical piano program at a young age, and later obtained his Performer’s ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has composed music in a range of styles, including pop, blues, jazz and classical, and has performed extensively in and around Montreal, as well as completing a cross-Canada tour in the spring of 2014.
After receiving a public grant to write and record his first full-length album, Coull subsequently organized a successful crowdfunding and pre-sales campaign to finance the remainder of the project. City on the Hill was recorded at Montreal’s legendary Studio Victor the following summer.
Stylistically, Coull has been described as “a singer-songwriter and a first-rate storyteller with a sound somewhere between Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel […]”, and in live performance has been lauded as “a veteran pianist, […] skilled at showing off his virtuosity and his voice.”
His new EP, Songs to Control the Weather By, recorded with the band in December 2014, was released on May 29th, 2015.
Sunday August 2nd ~ Open Mic hosted by Greg Kelly, 3pm until 6pm
ABOUT GREG KELLY:
After years of writing songs in the Folk, Folk-Country vein, Greg finally decided to do something with them, and the result was the release in 2008 of “Broken Windows”, a collection of songs garnered over a period of over 35 years. This was followed by the 2012 release of “Slow Horses”, which contains songs written during the period between albums as well as some songs from way back.
Greg writes about life situations: Heartbreak, triumph, small town scenarios, and the odd love song thrown in for good measure.
Greg runs a weekly open mic on Tuesday evenings so that aspiring songwriters can get a feel for the stage and for veteran songwriters to workshop new material as well as for any person who just wants to get up and perform.
He also co-ordinates a monthly songwriters forum in Ottawa called “Writers Bloc”, in which a group of songwriters challenge each other to write songs and then play them in front of their peers for critiquing. Sometimes gentle….
That's all for now, thanks for reading!
- The Folks at the Branch
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