An olive branch is traditionally considered a symbol of peace, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at the chic downtown restaurant of the same name.
The restaurant is nestled between two art studios at 409 N. Beaton St. in downtown Corsicana. So if you are looking for a nice place to have lunch with friends, a business lunch with colleagues or a takeaway meal, this is your place.
Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
409, rue N. Beaton, Corsica
Suzanne Plyer, owner of the Olive Branch, said she has enjoyed seeing her vision for a restaurant with a retail area come to fruition over the past five weeks.
“This idea has always been a dream of mine; a small retail area that customers can browse while waiting to be seated in hopes of finding something for themselves or maybe a gift for someone,” she said.
Carmen Austin, the former owner of Sweet Tangerine, works for Plyer two days a week and manages retail sales.
“When I was selling my business, Suzanne came in and I told her about some places in the market that would be ideal for the retail space she was looking for,” Austin said. “We took a trip to the market and clicked; now I work for her.
They stay with the themes of Plyer’s restaurant offering gourmet dishes, spices, charcuterie board ideas and fun cocktail mixes.
Plyer is no stranger to the food industry; his restaurant business Thyme et Elegance has been in operation for 14 years. She has formed relationships with people in the community who are very happy to have her delicious food on a daily basis.
Emily Lawhon and Crystal Richardson are two of Plyer’s biggest fans. When asked what they love about The Olive Branch, they answered in unison, “the food.”
Richardson laughed and said, “I think Emily eats here every day.”
Lawhon did not deny this claim. She said she likes the atmosphere.
“I can eat here by myself if I want and not feel uncomfortable.”
Eclectic seating adds a fun vibe; whether you want to sit at a high table with four to six people, a small corner table for two, or a cute pub table, there’s a place for everyone.
Plyer said visitors told him they liked the cozy atmosphere.
Plyer said she started a health journey two years ago and lost 130 pounds. So she wants to make sure her menu has options for all of her customers. As a result, the menu is full of amazing unique sandwiches such as:
The Reuben – loaded with corn beef, Swiss and sauerkraut, Russian dressing on rye.
The Cuban – smoked ham, pulled pork, Swiss, thinly sliced pickles, Russian dressing on homemade Cuban bread.
The Italian, which happens to be a favorite of retailer Cate Biles, consists of smoked ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, roasted red pepper, topped with basil pesto on ciabatta bread.
However, Lawhon and Richardson agreed that you can never go wrong with chicken salad on a croissant.
All sandwiches can be prepared on low carb or gluten free bread upon customer request.
Plyer also offers delicious salads. The summer salad was a hit with its customers, full of grilled chicken, fried pecans, summer berries, cucumbers, cheese queso fresco over mesclun with poppyseed dressing. How could anyone want anything else? But if you do, she offers full club, Greek and vegetarian salads.
There are specials every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday which are always different. She said she plans to change her menu with the seasons, so her customers can expect to try new foods throughout the fall.
Ready to eat
Everything in the cooler is ready to go for those who want to stop and grab some treats. There is always regular and keto chicken salad available. They also offer smoked salmon and smoked cheeses fresh from the restaurant. It also offers the entire take-out menu.
There is a beautiful handmade bar which she plans to integrate into her living-dining room where one can enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail. She has already booked a baby shower, club dinner and birthday parties.
Do yourself a favor and visit this lovely little restaurant. The service is second to none and the food is delicious.