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Yocona in Exile Closing Its Doors

2 Dec

Say it ain’t so! So many delicious meals were had at Yocona River Inn and Yocona in Exile; I’m so sad to see them go.

From the Yocona website:

It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that Yocona in Exile will be closing its doors at the end of this weekend. We re-opened on a shoestring with nothing to fall back on, and this economy has taken its toll. I am truly grateful for the support and patronage that everyone has shown over the last 15 years. Thank you.

Our plan is to be open through Sunday night, but I’m afraid that we may run out of food. Please give us a call (662.234.2464) if you want to check the status of the menu before driving out.

Oxford Recipe: Yocona Bread and Butter

7 Jun


OK folks, time for another recipe. I have a feeling that this is one everyone wants. Who doesn’t enjoy the bread and butter at Yocona in Exile (A.K.A. Yocona River Inn)? Personally, I could top just about everything in my kitchen with that butter–including my oven mitts!

The recipe for the bread and the butter is below, so you may want to print them out. Both are courtesy of Yocona owner Paige Osborn.

If you’re a restaurateur or know one who wants to share a recipe with, contact me at

Yocona French Bread (©2000, Paige Osborn)

  • 1/3 cup warm water (below 110°)
  • pinch sugar
  • 1 packet (about 2 teaspoons) yeast, dry active
  • 1 pound (about 3 ½ cups) flour, unbleached
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons wheat bran, or wheat flour
  • 1 cup cold water

In a cup or small bowl, sprinkle the sugar into the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the surface of the water, set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and bran. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Once the yeast has begun to foam, add it and the cold water to the well. Begin stirring to moisten the dry ingredients. Once the water has been absorbed and most of the flour is part of the dough, cover the bowl and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Uncover bowl and use your hands to mix, using a gentle kneading motion to uniformly mix the dough.  Cover and allow to rest another 5-10 minutes. Turn the dough onto your work surface.  Knead for 2 to 3 minutes, just to insure that the dough is well mixed and the moisture is evenly distributed. Gather the dough into a firm ball.

Place the dough in a clean container or bowl that is at least twice its size. Try to cover it so that it is airtight; use plastic wrap if the container does not have a lid.

Allow to rise in a warm spot, 75° is ideal. After the dough has risen to double (1-2 hours), remove the cover and deflate the dough.  Do this by gently pushing your fists into the dough, then working it briefly to form a tight ball.  Return to container, cover, and let rise again. When dough has risen to twice its size, remove it to your work surface.  Deflate the dough with your hands, flattening it as you do this. Cut the dough into equal halves, and work each half gently.  You want to work out any remaining air, while tightening and shaping the dough. Let the two pieces of dough rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove one piece of dough, and place on the work surface in front of you.  Shape the baguettes, pinching the seams firmly. Place the shaped baguettes on a baking sheet sprinkled lightly with cornmeal.  If you have a stone in your oven, you can proof the baguettes on a kitchen towel sprinkled with cornmeal.  Cover with a towel and let rise. Preheat oven to 450°.

The loaves are ready to bake when they are springy to the touch, and the impression of your finger remains on the surface of the dough.  This should take 30—45 minutes, perhaps more if your kitchen is cold. Slash the loaves with a blade or serrated knife at a slight angle. The slashes should be several inches long, and should not cross each other. Using your fingertips, sprinkle the dough and pan lightly with water. Place the pan in the top 1/3 of the oven. Check the bread after 20 minutes, rotating pan 180°. Check the bread again after 10 more minutes.  At this point, check frequently. The loaves are done when they are a rich golden brown, and sound hollow when tapped. Remove to a rack to cool, or eat immediately. To rewarm a baguette: heat oven to 400°. Using your fingertips, sprinkle the loaf lightly with water. Bake on a pan, or directly on the oven rack or stone. Bread should be crispy and warm in 8-10 minutes.

Yocona Herbed Butter

  • 1 pound butter, unsalted, at room temperature
  • 1—1 ½ teaspoons salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • ¼ cup chives, dried
  • 1—2 teaspoons black pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream

In the bowl of a mixer, combine the softened butter, salt, chives and black pepper. Using the paddle attachment, mix the butter on low speed for several minutes. Once the butter is very creamy, stop the mixer and put on the whisk attachment. Whisk the butter on low speed for a minute, then gradually increase the speed.  Allow the butter to whip for a couple of minutes. Slow down the mixer, and gradually pour in the heavy cream. Once the cream is incorporated, increase the speed of the mixer and whisk for several more minutes.

Transfer to a container and refrigerate.


  • If you don’t have a standing mixer, a hand mixer will work. Just mix long enough to lighten the texture.
  • The butter can be stored in the refrigerator for a week or more—basically, through the date on your heavy cream carton.
  • You can use fresh chives, but after the butter sits overnight, the chives will “water out”.
  • The butter can be frozen.

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Burger Nights at Yocona

12 May

Photo by April Boyd

Love burgers? Love Yocona Sauce? Wednesday and Thursday nights, Yocona in Exile in Abbeville is now combining your two loves in the Yocona Burger, a half-pound Hereford filet burger topped with bacon, blue cheese, caramelized onions and Yocona Sauce.

Sign me up!

UPDATE 9/20: Thank you Paige for providing a photo of the Yocona burger.

Another Abbeville Addition

21 Mar

By now I’m sure you’ve made it out to Abbeville to dine at Yocona in Exile. But, did you know that there’s another restaurant, kitty corner to Yocona, that opened in February? The Abbeville Grill is owned by Stacy and Tim Warren and offers plate lunches, catfish, steaks and pork chops as well as the option to brown-bag your beverages. The restaurant boasts an open-flame grill in the back where you can watch your food being cooked to order; I imagine the smell from the grill will serve to entice many a local during the warm months ahead.

Breakfast and lunch are served Monday through Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m and dinner is available Thursday through Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

UPDATE 4/25/10: Abbeville Grill now serves crawfish every Saturday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A Yocona Kind of Sunday

17 Jan

Sundays are always my favorite day to go to Yocona because you can bring your own bottle of wine, it’s a nice short drive outside of town and, let’s face it, there’s not a whole lot going on in Oxford on a Sunday.

If you haven’t been to Abbeville to check out the opening of Yocona in Exile yet, you’ll arrive to find the former Yocona’s familiar bread and butter is waiting for you alongside oven-fried catfish and thick-cut filets with Yocona sauce.

Some of the highlights from this week’s menu include:

  • Catfish Creole – Mississippi farm-raised catfish, oven-fried in seasoned cornmeal, served with crawfish etouffee and wild rice.
  • Duck & Sausage Gumbo – A rich okra gumbo with roasted duck and Andouille sausage, served with wild rice.
  • Blue Cheese Strip – A 16 oz. Certified Hereford NY Strip, grilled to order and topped with blue cheese compound butter.
  • Sour Cream Cheesecake with Dark Chocolate Sauce

See this week’s full menu here.

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Welcome Back Yocona!

28 Oct

Exciting news for everyone who has anxiously been awaiting the rebuild of Yocona River Inn!

Yocona will be opening a location in Abbeville that will serve as a temporary outpost to the original location while the other is being rebuilt. Currently being called Yocona in Exile, owner Paige Osborn says that the plan is to “hopefully” have the grand reopening on Thanksgiving and stay open Thursday through Sunday. Once the original location is finished, they may even keep the Abbeville locale as a second option for Yocona lovers.

While the Abbeville location will be a scaled back version of the original location, there will still be salads, filets, fish and poultry on the menu.

To find out more, and track the progress of the new location, visit the Yocona website here


Open House Party, Sunday, December 27th

Open for Business, Wednesday, December 30

We will be open for New Year’s Eve, but with our regular menu and NO reservations.
We will be closed New Year’s Day, and will resume regular hours on January 2nd.

UPDATED 12/22: Open House Sunday, December 27th from 5:00 p.m.

Located at the four-way stop, the white building across the street from the bank.

Open for Business

Wednesday, December 30th  5:00-9:00 p.m.
New Year’s Eve  5:00-10:00 p.m.  (regular menu, no reservations)
Closed New Year’s Day
Regular hours beginning Saturday, January 2nd
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday  5:00-9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday  5:00-10:00 p.m.
Brown Bag    ****    No Reservations
01 Business 7 South
Abbeville, MS  38601

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