As a side product of my coupon habits, in the morning I excitedly check my inbox for two daily emails.
The magic words are: LivingSocial and Groupon.
Companies are jumping on this sales platform bandwagon like pioneers on the Oregon Trail. AOL has Wow.com, AT&T has ShopAlerts and Google has Google Offers (to name a few). These websites focus on specific cities and offer a discounted deal each day, for example you could pay only $5 for $10 worth of frozen yogurt at Sweet Tree.
I admit, it’s kind of addicting.
A local newspaper was searching for people who frequently buy these deals and then forget or neglect to use the voucher. I am the exact opposite of this and cannot wait to run out to cash in on my half price fro-yo or pedicure or lunch. These coupons burn a hole in my purse, pocket, hand, whatever.
We used two LivingSocials deals last weekend I had previously purchased, one for Brent’s Drugs and one for Tony’s Tamales.
I’ve always enjoyed the food at Brent’s (read about Brent’s here) and thankfully the service has greatly improved.
And although we’ve had Tony’s Tamales at a friend’s Christmas party (for which he orders them by the dozen), we’ve never eaten at the restaurant. For dinner on Friday we drove the El Camino to Tony’s restaurant off Woodrow Wilson.
Upon pulling into the parking lot we spied a sign taped to the window that states something like, all orders after 2 p.m. must be placed through the drive-thru. It was 7 p.m. I’m not sure if you can then take your food inside to eat, but we brought our take-out back home.
We had a LivingSocial for $15 worth of food and ordered two tamale dinners (six tamales covered in chili and cheese), half a dozen plain tamales and two lemonades. You have the option of getting hot (spicy) or mild tamales, and we got the hot ones.
The tamales were as good as ever, moist, seasoned with a slight kick and wrapped in corn husks. The tamale dinner tasted good going down, but eventually caused a small stomach ache. It could have been all that cheese or raw onions or chili…
We still haven’t eaten “at” the restaurant, but I’d take a carry-out tamale any day of the week.
Now, I’m just waiting for Tony’s to show up on Groupon.
Learn more about the local tamale history and tradition on the Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail website.
Tony’s Hot Tamales
230 West Woodrow Wilson Avenue
Jackson, MS 39213