|PLEASE NOTE: THE BRANCH WILL BE CLOSED WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 FOR A PRIVATE FUNCTION, WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE |
Holy Jingle Bells! Christmas season already? OK, folks and fans, you know the drill! Before you stop by, Please, CHECK THE WEBSITE, and CALL AHEAD: this time of year is notoriously unpredictable for us with Christmas parties and special events, and that means weird closures (like Wednesday…) and sell-outs (like Friday…?) As many of you know, we always recommend making reservations, but for some of you, we are also your favourite place to come and just ‘hang out’…as much as we love being your ‘go to’ after work or school, we also hate nothing worse than turning you away, so PLEASE, check with us before popping in, at least for the next month or so! But do pop in. Seriously. We’d love to have you. It’s not every day… Just sometimes. Like tomorrow… Thanks.
Running out of Christmas shopping ideas? How about BRANCH GIFT CERTIFICATES? Need more incentive? They are on sale right now… For the month of December, if you buy a Branch gift certificate for $50, you get a $5 Branchbuck in your pocket! On the Spot! Here’s how that might work: stop by the Branch (…already better than the mall, right?), do your Christmas shopping and support a local business at the same time (good for you!), and then, knock $5 (or $10? Or $20?) off of the price of the beer you drink while doing it! You’re welcome.
NEW YEARS EVE! Who is ready? Five courses of delectable top of the year Branch-o-liciousness, including a midnight Champagne toast, live music with all-time Branch favourite MIKE O’BRIEN with the lovely MICHELLE TOMPKINS (aka The Sin and The Swoon…) Tickets are just $75/person, reservations start at 7pm and dinner starts at 8pm and this event almost ALWAYS SELLS OUT! Move quickly folks, this is the best party of the year! We are currently working hard on what is always our most exciting special menu... draft highlights so far include Pheasant, Lobster cocktail, and Beef Roulade with truffle and Wild Mushroom Duxelle… There will be choices of entrée and as always, of course, vegetarian options. And hats. And noisemakers. Confetti. You know, the fun stuff…
Oh yeah, and go here for my (Chef Bruce with The Belarus Racing Team, aka Ben Mullin and Steve Pelehos) annual Christmas tune, Super Awesome Christmas, destined to become a classic. Or something.
Menu:Changes weekly or even more often, depending on seasonal availability… We will try to keep the website updated to reflect changes. Kid’s Menu and Pub Grub menus are also available, just ask your server.
Soups of the Day are always made from scratch using fresh ingredients, cup, $2.99; bowl, $5.99
Green Salad: greens, shredded fresh veggies, seeds, choice of dressing: creamy ‘Branch’ or apple cider vinaigrette, small, $2.99; regular, $5.99, dinner sized $11.99
Brisket Sliders: bites of our famous brisket on toasted cornbread with BBQ sauce and slaw, $8.99
Chips & Dips: corn chips, with sour cream, housemade salsa & guacamole, $8.99
Warm Kale Salad; with red onions, spicy sausage chips, goat's cheese and cider vinaigrette $6.99
Taco Salad (dinner size only): choice of smoked beef brisket, house-roasted chicken, or smoked tofu, with greens, cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, beans, and corn chips; dinner sized only, $16.99
Entrees: all entrees come with cornbread and a choice of soup or salad...
Texas BBQ Plate: all BBQ Plates come with housemade bbq sauce, potato salad (substitute roasted or mashed potatoes for $1.99), slaw, beans, onions & pickles $22.99; choose one of the following (add a second choice for $3.99):
· Beef Brisket: OUR SPECIALTY! Heaps of tender 100% local hardwood smoked and braised beef.
· Grilled Sausages: 2 ‘medium spice’ fresh links from Seed to Sausage in Sharbot Lake.
· Smoked Tofu & Portobello: with peppers and onions.
· Chicken: morsels of roasted chicken from Keewaytin Farms.
Blackened Trout: locally farmed rainbow trout filets seared in cast iron with Cajun spices, served over seasonal veggie etouffée and rice with remoulade, $21.99
corn tortillas stuffed with peppers, smoked portabello mushrooms and tofu, smothered in chili-tomatillo salsa verde and cheese, served with beans, rice, salsa, guacamole and sour cream, $19.99 Pumpkin Patch Chicken:
a roasted baby sweet dumpling pumpkin, stuffed with morsels of herb roasted chicken, savoury cornbread pudding, served with sweet-hot cranberry chutney, béchamel and seasonal veggies, $21.99
ask your server... Branchburger:
(does not include choice of soup or salad) 1/3 pound 100% local, naturally raised beef, thick & juicy, on a toasted bun with tomato-garlic mayo, grainy mustard, lettuce, onion, tomato; with roasted potato wedges, more aioli for dipping, and pickles, $13.99 ($10.99, with $.99 toppings Friday and Saturday, 5-7pm only) Add:
· cheese: $2.49
· guacamole: $1.50
· bacon: $1.99
· blue cheese: $2.99
· jalapenos: $.99
· fried egg: $1.99
· sautéed mushrooms or onions: $.99
· gluten-free Kaiser $.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.
*Veggie version available on request, try our new black bean patty, it was hit last weekend!
Desserts: Sticky Toffee Cake:
with caramel sauce and whipped cream, $5.99 Limerick Forest Cake:
dark chocolate cake with rich chocolate ganache, 'maple-schino' cranberries and whipped cream, $5.99 Spiked Ice Cream:
house-made vanilla bean ice cream all dolled up with your favorite liqueur $6.99 (under 19 version also available…rich chocolate ganache or caramel sauce) What’s the scoop?
Add a single scoop of ice cream to any of the above, $1.49
Just Thursday this week: All You Can Eat Fajita Buffet, $15.99:
grilled, sliced skirt steak, roast chicken, peppers, onions and house-smoked portobello mushrooms, guacamole, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, tortillas, even some salad and cornbread are all included. Every Wednesday and Thursday also includes local residencies for live music after 7pm and no cover charge (tipping is encouraged...) and all for the ridiculously cheap price of $15.99.
Friday & 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 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 and vegetarian versions are also available…). I've been enjoying coming up with burger specials every week... so far we've featured everything from donut burgers to Aussie burgers to patty melts to 'Big Tex', a double bacon cheeseburger with BBQ sauce! Come see what weird (and/or perfectly reasonable) creation I come up with this week!
Thursday-Saturday (closed Wednesday this week): Family Takeout Dinner, $44.99:
Designed to feed a family of four, our takeout dinner now comes with a 3/4 pound of BBQ sauce marinated roasted boneless, skinless chicken morsels (from Keewaytin Farms), 3/4 pound of our famous 100% hardwood smoked beef brisket, a side of seasonal veggies, a tub each of black beans, potato salad and coleslaw, our own zippy BBQ sauce and cornbread… The full dinner is hot and ready for pickup between 4 and 6pm, Wednesday through Saturday, if you call before 3pm. Add some Mac n’ Cheese for the kiddos for just $4.99.
Music: Wednesday 4 ~ CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE FUNCTION, WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE Thursday 5 ~ UKE Ukulele Jam, 7:30pm, no cover, All You Can Eat Fajita Buffet, $15.99, 5-9pm.
Everyone is welcome, all skill levels, instruction and loaner ukes available. Christmas songs this week! Friday 6 ~ Meredith Luce and the Mandates, Creatures cd release, 9pm, $10.
Wow. The Best. If this one is not sold out, it will be... You can call and check, 613-258-3737. Branch hearts Mer. Here's a song:song link Saturday 7 ~ Trevor Alguire, 9pm, $10.
Trevor has been hiding in the basement these days, working his fingers to the bone to wrap up the recording for a brand new record due out this Spring... For the uninitiated, Trevor is the perfect mood music for fans of Country, alt country, Americana, roots... He's got a Steve Earl/Lyle Lovett thing going on, but with a decidedly Canadian 'Blue Rodeo' kind of twist. Some of you may know what I'm talking about when I compare him to Uncle Tupelo's Jay Farrar... for the rest of you, trust me, it's a compliment! Come this week not just to hear favourites from his last three records, but to have a front row seat for new songs from the new record... It is always a privilege to host this extraordinary talent here at home (he lives just up the river road in Kars) when he is between tours to Europe or even down to Music City, USA (aka, Nashville) where the reputable magazine Music News Nashville has paid homage to our local-dude-made-good by saying “Alguire has depth and breadth found in few artists on the current music scene”, Yeah we do pretty good for talent around these parts! Did I mention that he is also a pro skateboard legend who own's Ottawa's 'On Deck'? No... I didn't think so... Yep, he's pretty cool. Sunday 8 ~ Rubber Boots Buffet, 2-8pm; Open Mic hosted by Amanda Giles, 3-6.
For those who are new to the clan, the Sunday Open Mic/Rubber Boots Buffet is a family friendly, fun, community day that welcomes musicians of all skill levels. Recently, we have been mixing up the schedule with guest hosts like Greg Kelly and Amanda Giles, and occasional 'Birthday Tribute' events, where participants are encouraged to play songs by an artist whose birthday is on or near the Sunday in question; While all that happens, the Rubber Boots Buffet is being served... it is an all day, all you can eat comfort food extravaganza (other menus such as pub grub, kids and a dessert menu are also available) and the whole day is a place where you can meet your neighbours, come in for a beer or a pot of tea, stay for a bowl of homemade soup and a song or two and leave with, well, a whole new batch of friends. Everyone is welcome—and yes, that means you! We’d love to see you this Sunday…
How would you like to win a $1000 party for you and all your best friends? The Branch is looking to expand (beersplode?) our craft beer tap selection with a multiple month contest that will culminate in a bar makeover and beer tap expansion to be undertaken in January of 2014. Here’s how it works: first; vote for the beer that you’d like to see on tap by filling out a vote card at the bar and dropping it and a two-nie (or not, no purchase is actually necessary, just requested...) into the jar with the logo of that beer; or, write in your favourite and vote in the wild card jar… Really want to win? You may enter as often as you like! On the last Sunday of each month we tally the monthly votes and draw a name out of all the entries for a 'beersket' of brewery schwag from many of the participating breweries and gift certificates for The Branch! Then, in December, a grand prize winner will be drawn from all the votes from throughout the contest to host a ‘break in the new bar’ party at the Branch… If you win the draw, you will be the 'host' of the party, you can help to choose the menu, the music, the invitation list and you'll have a budget of up to $1000 bucks to be picked up by the Branch! The big draw is coming up on New Years' Day at our 'Hair of the Dog' Open Stage, hosted by John and Terry Brewer...
That's all for now, thanks for reading!
--Bruce & Nicole