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When stocking your bar, is it worth it to go across the river?

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Toney's 61 North Liquor & Wine(photo from their social media)

A post on Facebook yesterday brought up an interesting question. Is it cheaper to go across the river to buy your liquor?

The Vicksburg Daily News investigated this question by going across the river and getting the price on seven big sellers in the world of liquor at Delta Discount Wine and Spirits.

We then went to three Warren County liquor stores—Toney’s on U.S. Highway 61 North, The Liquor Store on the South Frontage road and Far East Liquors on Halls Ferry Road—to check the prices. At each store, we checked the price on the seven items, surveyed the wine selection, and, finally, we spoke with the staff (all of whom had already asked if they could help us at every single location) about wine.

Melissa Mullen stocks up at The Liquor Store on South Frontage Road.

We should clarify there are some differences in state law from across the river and here. In Mississippi, Alcoholic Beverage Control dictates what liquors and wines they allow in the state. If you want a rare wine in Mississippi that is not in stock, you are at the whim of the ABC on whether you can get it. In Louisiana, retailers buy from the wholesalers with no state middle man.

Every one of the stores we visited had very friendly staff who were eager to show us their wares and show off their selection. Every one of the stores also said they would order whatever wine or liquor we wanted if they could get it.

The well stocked aisles of Far East Liquors on Halls Ferry Road.

For the purposes of comparison, all prices listed include sales tax, as the tax across the river is 9 percent, and in Warren County it is 7 percent.


In the 750 ml, “Fifth” size (prices include tax):

Crown Royal in Delta is $26.51. In WC the best price was at The Liquor Store, $24.98. Far East was $25.95 and Toney’s $26.74.

Hennessy in Delta is $38.14. In WC the best price was at Far East, $34.95. Toney’s was $35.30 and The Liquor Store was $36.37.

Taaka Vodka in Delta is $8.16. In WC the best price was The Liquor Store at $6. Far East was $6.95 and Toney’s was $7.39.

Tito’s Vodka in Delta is $19.61. In WC the best price was Far East at $18.95. The Liquor Store was $19.25 and Toney’s, $19.77.

Burnett’s Vodka in Delta is $7.07. In WC the best price was at The Liquor Store, $7.26. Toney’s was $7.48 and Far East, $8.95.

Seagrams Gin in Delta is $11.98. In WC the best price was at Toney’s, $9.73. Far East was $9.75 and The Liquor Store, $10.

Jack Daniels in Delta is $21.79. In WC the best price was at The Liquor Store, $20.00. Toney’s was $21.34 and Far East, $21.50


In the 375 ml, “Pint” size (prices include tax):

Crown Royal in Delta was $16.34. In WC the best price was at The Liquor Store, $11.99. Far East was $12.50 and Toney’s $13.90.

Hennessy in Delta was $22.24. In WC the best price was at The Liquor Store, $16.25. Toney’s was $18.18 and Far East $18.50.

Taaka Vodka in Delta was $5.44. In WC the best prices was at Far East, $3.95. The Liquor Store was $4 and Toney’s $4.27.

Tito’s Vodka in Delta was $11.98. In WC the best price was at The Liquor Store, $9.62. Far East was $9.95 and Toney’s $10.69.

Burnetts Vodka in Delta was $4.35. In WC the best price was at Far East, $3.95. The Liquor Store was $4 and Toney’s $4.27.

Seagrams Gin in Delta was $6.53. Both Far East and the Liquor Store was $5.50 while Toney’s was $6.41.

Jack Daniels in Delta was $16.08. In WC the best price was at The Liquor Store, $10.69. Far East was $11.75 and Toney’s $13.90.

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Allen Kitchens Sr. of The Delta Wine and Spirits gave The Vicksburg Daily News a grand tour including  four fully stocked trailers out back.

The wine selection was huge in Delta but so was the selection at The Liquor Store on Frontage. We couldn’t tell from a visual comparison which store stocked the largest inventory. Far East and Toney’s both had a large wine selection as well, but their buildings are not as large as the other two.

So, in conclusion, Delta is worth the trip if you want a frozen daiquiri or a special wine not available in Mississippi.

For liquor, Warren County prices are just as good, if not better, on the seven items we compared.

 

 

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Pork chop skillet meal

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Pork chops, rice, and green beans are simmered in flavor-infusing broth for an easy and satisfying meal (photo by Kelley Branch).

This flavorful, fork-tender pork chop recipe is a great base for a variety of easy, single pan meals that are perfect for busy weeknights.  Versatile and budget friendly, this simmered skillet dinner has become a staple in our house. Swap the green beans for black eyed peas and serve with cornbread, or replace the rice with red or gold potatoes. The possibilities are really endless, and the best part is this recipe turns your pantry staples into a quick, delicious dinner with only a single pan to wash.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg pork chops, the cheap thin cuts come out perfect
  • 1 5oz package of yellow rice
  • 1 2/3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 can of Italian green beans
  • minced garlic to taste
  • seasoned flour for dredging
  • oil or butter for frying

 

Instructions:

Dredge pork chops in flour seasoned to your taste.  Here I added blackened seasoning and onion powder to the flour for a bit of a kick.

Preheat oil or butter in skillet on med-high heat.  Sear the chops on each side, just enough to lightly brown the flour coating.  Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add a touch more oil to your skillet if needed, along with minced garlic and green beans and pan fry just a couple of minutes, stirring halfway through to evenly cook the beans.

Move the green beans to one side of your skillet, and add yellow rice and vegetable broth.  Return pork chops to the pan.

Bring to a boil then lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Pro tip: if you have the time, instead of simmering on the stovetop, cover with foil and roast in oven for maximum tenderness.

 

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Kitchens says actions of rogue employee do not speak for him or his family

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A photo has been circulated on social media depicting a controversial statement displayed at Delta Daiquiris in Delta, Louisiana. The photo showed a hand-written message in the window that said “All Lives Matter”.  Several in the community found the statement offensive.

Owner Allen Kitchens Sr. said the statement has been removed.  The message was posted without his approval or knowledge.

“I apologize for the behavior of our employee who wrote the message on the drive-thru window at the Daiquiri. This was totally unacceptable. I was unaware that this had occurred and have disciplined this employee. I have been in business for 50 years and have always treated everyone with respect and in a way that I would want to be treated,” Kitchens said.

Late Sunday, all of the signage at Delta Daiquiris was related to conducting business.

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Klondyke goes back to serving lunch only

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Rhonda Day, owner and operator of the Historic Klondyke Trading Post, has announced that effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Klondyke will go back to serving only lunches. Their new hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Days’ days are getting shorter.

“We’ve been doing this for a long time and are getting older,” Day said. “COVID-19 changed everything. We were lucky enough to have spent some time away from the operation during the worst of the crisis. During that time we got to, for the first time in 15 years, relax and play with the grand kids. We liked it a lot.”

“The new hours will allow for the restaurant to still serve the public we love, and we are considering renting out the karaoke bar for special events in the evening” Day said.

Rhonda and David Day came to Vicksburg in 2004 to operate the old Garfield’s Restaurant at the mall. “That deal was doomed from the start, but we fell in love with Vicksburg,” Rhonda Day said. “It is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and we believe we were led here by divine providence.”

Soon after arriving, the Days opened HorseFace Harry’s Cafe on Halls Ferry. Six months later they purchased the Klondyke on North Washington Street.

“Operating two restaurants was a bit much for mom and pop” quipped Day. “So we joined forces at the Klondyke and have been at it ever since.”

The Klondyke signature Catfish Creme Creole

The Klondyke has been voted Vicksburg’s Favorite restaurant several times and is noted for its steaks, ribs and hot lunch.

“Friday is still the big lunch of the week. That Crawfish Creme Creole plate has been a best seller for 15 years. People tell us all the time that it’s the best lunch in town. I am going to start serving it every day for lunch.”

You can visit the restaurant on Facebook here, where a daily menu is posted.

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