the branch res­tau­rant

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - FOOD EATING OUT -

15 Cloth­ier Street East, Kemptville. 613.258.3737 or www. the­branchrestau­

If you’ve set your sights to the south, look no fur­ther than charm­ing Kemptville, home of the branch res­tau­rant. About forty min­utes from down­town Ot­tawa, Kemptville boasts nu­mer­ous tourist at­trac­tions in­clud­ing the Rideau River Pro­vin­cial Park and sev­eral golf cour­ses. It’s also a pop­u­lar stop­ping point for vis­i­tors re­turn­ing from Kingston or Up­per Canada Vil­lage.

Billed as one of the re­gion’s finest es­tab­lish­ments for or­ganic and lo­cal foods, the branch is an om­ni­vore’s de­light. Tasty veg­e­tar­ian dishes share the menu with gourmet burg­ers and other fam­ily-friendly fare - think well-trav­elled com­fort food. While there is a kids’ menu at the branch, chef and co-owner Bruce En­loe is also pleased to pro­vide a re­duced por­tion of most reg­u­lar items for pint-sized din­ers.

The branch takes its com­mit­ment to run­ning a mar­ket-driven kitchen very se­ri­ously. “Ev­ery item on the menu has a story,” ex­plains Bruce. “For ex­am­ple, the meat for our pop­u­lar burg­ers comes from a lo­cal farm – the buns are made in the wood-fired oven at Gra­hame’s Bak­ery, us­ing lo­cally-grown and milled or­ganic flour. We were re­spon­si­ble for re­viv­ing Kemptville’s Farm­ers’ Mar­ket so we take great pride in show­cas­ing re­gional in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing Beau’s beer.”

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