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8.28.2013

Yats 3.85/4

If you have never been to Yats! GO NOW!


Yats is a quirky, New Orleans-style Cajun Creole restaurant in Indianapolis and surrounding areas. The first location still stands at 54th and College Ave. in Indianapolis and locations have expanded to Fishers, Greenwood, Mass Ave, Carmel ... Columbus, IN and more!

Yats is said to be all about their customers and their love for the community ... it is intended to be a place to hang out with friends and have a good time! I do believe Yats has succeeded in providing an inviting restaurant that will keep you coming back for more! The food is simple and tasty. The prices are extremely affordable. The atmosphere is crazy ... in a good way! 


Today, my sister and I enjoyed the spinach and mushroom and the chipotle Alexio at the 54th and College location on their patio. As you walk in, you can't help but notice that the restaurant is full of quirks. The menu is written on a chalkboard behind the wildly decorated counter. You won't get bored of the decor, that's for sure! They also have several tables outside on the patio.

The menu items are essentially Louisiana cuisine, with heavy emphasis on beans, rich flavorful sauces and rice. The entrees are accompanied by crusty bread. My suggestions is to pile the rice topped with your choice of etouffee, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans, etc. onto the bread - it makes a delightful combination!

My sister loves the spinach and mushroom dish while I have gotten the chipotle Alexio the past two times I have been there ... the chipolte Alexio has a bit of spice but not too much!


The ALWAYS-friendly staff come in handy when it comes to the menu. They are willing to make a recommendation, explain the dishes and give you samples - this is important if you are new to this Cajun Creole food. The menu items may not be named in a way that you are familiar with, but don't worry, the staff is there to help!
It’s essentially Louisiana cuisine, with a heavy emphasis on beans, rich flavorful sauces, and of course, rice. There are etouffees, gumbos, jambalayas, red beans and rice, in various combinations. - See more at: http://www.yatscajuncreole.com/menu/#sthash.pkKKYzKs.dpuf

The 54th and College location only accepts cash which I find charming. But don't be too worried about the need for cash ... the food is cheap - quality, but cheap!



So, let's get down to the scores!

Here is how this experience at the 54th and College location stacks up based on my 1-4 rating system - 4 being the best:

Food: 3.75
The variety is vast, and the flavors are outstanding. The bread is perfectly paired with the entrees. The portions are large ... I always get the half portion which is just enough for lunch. The food is such a nice departure from the more common sandwiches and salads!

Atmosphere: 3.75
The quirky decor is one-of-a-kind ... there is a carousel horse on the counter! I don't really know why, but I guess the question should be, why not? The restaurant is inviting with plenty of seating indoors and on the patio.

Price: 4
Large portions for cheap! The half-sized portion shown above which includes the bread is ONLY $4.75!!!!!!!

Uniqueness: 3.75
The Louisiana-style food is fairly unique here in Indy! I have never been to another restaurant quite like Yats. From the food to the staff to the decor, it is a special place.

Service: 4
You couldn't ask for much more out of the staff. They are knowledgeable about the food, in good spirits and extremely friendly. A staff member brought our food out to the patio for us and picked up our dishes when we were done!

Overall Average: 3.85
The overall score is the highest of any restaurant that I have rated! The price plays a large role in this score but the food and service just can't be beat in my opinion!

I recommend finding your nearest Yats and giving it a try ... you might just find your new favorite restaurant!
We’re Yats. We’re a local New Orleans style joint. Born on 54th and College, also at Fishers, Greenwood, Mass Ave, Carmel, Traders Point, The Avenue downtown, Columbus, IN and coming soon….Hamilton Town Center and Valparaiso, IN. You could say we’re in the people business and we serve pretty good food at an affordable price. We’re not real sophisticated, and often accused of being irreverent. Maybe so. But we care about our customers and we love our community. Yats is a place you can come hang out with your friends, your family, and other people you love. It’s our place and we want it to be your place too. Oh yea…we are now offering franchise rights to people that feel the same way we do. Let’s spread the love….. - See more at: http://www.yatscajuncreole.com/#sthash.W1RCfV8B.dpuf
We’re Yats. We’re a local New Orleans style joint. Born on 54th and College, also at Fishers, Greenwood, Mass Ave, Carmel, Traders Point, The Avenue downtown, Columbus, IN and coming soon….Hamilton Town Center and Valparaiso, IN. You could say we’re in the people business and we serve pretty good food at an affordable price. We’re not real sophisticated, and often accused of being irreverent. Maybe so. But we care about our customers and we love our community. Yats is a place you can come hang out with your friends, your family, and other people you love. It’s our place and we want it to be your place too. Oh yea…we are now offering franchise rights to people that feel the same way we do. Let’s spread the love….. - See more at: http://www.yatscajuncreole.com/#sthash.W1RCfV8B.dpuf
We’re Yats. We’re a local New Orleans style joint. Born on 54th and College, also at Fishers, Greenwood, Mass Ave, Carmel, Traders Point, The Avenue downtown, Columbus, IN and coming soon….Hamilton Town Center and Valparaiso, IN. You could say we’re in the people business and we serve pretty good food at an affordable price. We’re not real sophisticated, and often accused of being irreverent. Maybe so. But we care about our customers and we love our community. Yats is a place you can come hang out with your friends, your family, and other people you love. It’s our place and we want it to be your place too. Oh yea…we are now offering franchise rights to people that feel the same way we do. Let’s spread the love….. - See more at: http://www.yatscajuncreole.com/#sthash.W1RCfV8B.dpuf

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