Yats Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 5363 N College Ave

    Indianapolis, IN 46220

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  • 317-253-8817

About Yats Restaurant

Hours
Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 11am-7pm, Mon-Thu: 11am-9pm

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How can you not love Yats! The food is always great and always changing up. The atmosphere is great. As soon as you walk in the door you hear the smooth jazz and generally you are greeted by a long line (that moves quickly). A wonderful blend of smells of spices in the air and if the food wasn't enough a peanut butter pie that will knock your socks off! I love Yats, I have for years. You WILL fall in love with this place, I guarantee it.

4
★★★★☆

How can you not love Yats! The food is always great and always changing up. The atmosphere is great. As soon as you walk in the door you hear the smooth jazz and generally you are greeted by a long line (that moves quickly). A wonderful blend of smells of spices in the air and if the food wasn't enough a peanut butter pie that will knock your socks off! I love Yats, I have for years. You WILL fall in love with this place, I guarantee it.

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YATS! So good and soooo cheap, great atmosphere, great people and super fast! The College Ave. location is the best in my opinion because of its atmosphere, they only accept cash there so the first time I went I only had a card so they wrote me an IOU and gave me my food- what kind of business trusts their customers that much? It was so nice and unexpected -of course I went right out to the ATM afteward to pay them.

5
★★★★★

YATS! So good and soooo cheap, great atmosphere, great people and super fast! The College Ave. location is the best in my opinion because of its atmosphere, they only accept cash there so the first time I went I only had a card so they wrote me an IOU and gave me my food- what kind of business trusts their customers that much? It was so nice and unexpected -of course I went right out to the ATM afteward to pay them.

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I've tried stuff I never thought I'd eat and loved it. They do everything well. Tip... Eating the same dish with another, go ahead and order the pint and save a couple bucks. It feeds two. Also, we don't order drinks at other restaurants do to price but they are a fair here!!

2
★★★★★

I've tried stuff I never thought I'd eat and loved it. They do everything well. Tip... Eating the same dish with another, go ahead and order the pint and save a couple bucks. It feeds two. Also, we don't order drinks at other restaurants do to price but they are a fair here!!

Pros: Variety of flavors

Cons: addicting

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Yat's is such a great restaurant that offers wonderful food that for a cheap price. The staff is very nice and want you to enjoy your time while you are at their establishment.

5
★★★★★

Yat's is such a great restaurant that offers wonderful food that for a cheap price. The staff is very nice and want you to enjoy your time while you are at their establishment.

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I absolutely love this place. While I enjoy the downtown location on Mass Ave., I do prefer the College Ave. location for its elbow room. There is no such thing as an "item to avoid" on the Yats menu...it's ALL good. My favorite, chili-cheese crawfish etouffee, is always there. The vegetarian items are absolutely delicious (this from a confirmed anything-a-tarian). Owner Joe is a hoot and always makes the rounds while working in the kitchen AND managing staff. The servings are giant from the money, and if you're lucky, Joe just might give you a freebie to try. I'm a spice wimp, but I love that they have any and all hot sauces, from Indonesian Sambal Oelek to to Cholula's and anything in between. Wimps like me can have the food as presented; if you're adventurous or knowledgeable in hot sauce-ology, you can really go for it.

2
★★★★★

I absolutely love this place. While I enjoy the downtown location on Mass Ave., I do prefer the College Ave. location for its elbow room. There is no such thing as an "item to avoid" on the Yats menu...it's ALL good. My favorite, chili-cheese crawfish etouffee, is always there. The vegetarian items are absolutely delicious (this from a confirmed anything-a-tarian). Owner Joe is a hoot and always makes the rounds while working in the kitchen AND managing staff. The servings are giant from the money, and if you're lucky, Joe just might give you a freebie to try. I'm a spice wimp, but I love that they have any and all hot sauces, from Indonesian Sambal Oelek to to Cholula's and anything in between. Wimps like me can have the food as presented; if you're adventurous or knowledgeable in hot sauce-ology, you can really go for it.

Pros: service, servers, clients, flavors & textures of food, owner, ambience, VALUE!!!...need I add?

Cons: on-street parking can be scarce, wish they were open later & had a downtown delivery-only kitchen for businesses & late nights

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This is some of the finest New Orleans style food you can get in this city, regardless of the price. Yes, you do get a LOT of food for the money and the drinks are self serve, but the different dishes are absolutely delicious! This is a great alternative to the fast food chains I know of. The owners name is Joe and he is always happy to chat with you if you can catch him. Overall, one of Indy's treasures. We are lucky to have places like this.
Doug S.

2
★★★★★

This is some of the finest New Orleans style food you can get in this city, regardless of the price. Yes, you do get a LOT of food for the money and the drinks are self serve, but the different dishes are absolutely delicious! This is a great alternative to the fast food chains I know of. The owners name is Joe and he is always happy to chat with you if you can catch him. Overall, one of Indy's treasures. We are lucky to have places like this.
Doug S.

Pros: A Lot of Great Tasting Food for the Money!

Cons: Not enough seating capacity.

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Yats is a great place to go for good cajun food at a very reasonable (cheap) price. Everything is $5-6 and the menu is posted on a chalkboard. The menu changes daily and when they run oout of something they erase it from the board. All the employees are friendly and the owner (Joe) is always out talking/interacting with the customers. I would definately recommend the White Chicken Chili and the Chili Cheese Etouffee with crawfish!

4
★★★★☆

Yats is a great place to go for good cajun food at a very reasonable (cheap) price. Everything is $5-6 and the menu is posted on a chalkboard. The menu changes daily and when they run oout of something they erase it from the board. All the employees are friendly and the owner (Joe) is always out talking/interacting with the customers. I would definately recommend the White Chicken Chili and the Chili Cheese Etouffee with crawfish!

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This place should be tried by everyone looking beyond the chains in Indy. The gumbo is wonderful, and the variety of etoufee's are good too. It's a unique dining experience, and a great place for food with friends. Not only that, but you'll walk out full for under $7.

2
★★★★★

This place should be tried by everyone looking beyond the chains in Indy. The gumbo is wonderful, and the variety of etoufee's are good too. It's a unique dining experience, and a great place for food with friends. Not only that, but you'll walk out full for under $7.

Pros: flavor, simply wonderful

Cons: not for the timid

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I love eating at this place. The menu changes daily and it's affordable. $5-$6 a plate and you can also get pints to take home. The bread that goes with it too is very good. Parking can be a little tricky and make sure you take cash because they don't take credit cards. If they have the chili cheese crawfish etouffee it's a can't miss.

PROS: price and taste
CONS: parking and cash only

4
★★★★☆

I love eating at this place. The menu changes daily and it's affordable. $5-$6 a plate and you can also get pints to take home. The bread that goes with it too is very good. Parking can be a little tricky and make sure you take cash because they don't take credit cards. If they have the chili cheese crawfish etouffee it's a can't miss.

PROS: price and taste
CONS: parking and cash only

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lots of good food at a great price, my husband and I ate here for $13.00 and it was more than enough. Good customer service as well

2
★★★★★

lots of good food at a great price, my husband and I ate here for $13.00 and it was more than enough. Good customer service as well

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Yats is a great place with good, cheap food. They have two locations in Indy, one just south of Broad Ripple and another on Massachusettes Ave downtown. They offer a great variety of daily specials including gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, and other wonderful Cajun creations. They change the menu every day, so you can call ahead to find out what the daily specials are, or just go in and be surprised because they make something for everyone. They offer at least one or two vegetarian options every day too (the spinach mushroom etoufee is great!). All of their entrees are $5, which includes bread, or if you can't decide, they offer a half-and-half combo plate for $6. The food is great for the price.

PROS: good, cheap, tasty food
CONS: can get a little crowded on Friday/Saturday nights

4
★★★★☆

Yats is a great place with good, cheap food. They have two locations in Indy, one just south of Broad Ripple and another on Massachusettes Ave downtown. They offer a great variety of daily specials including gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, and other wonderful Cajun creations. They change the menu every day, so you can call ahead to find out what the daily specials are, or just go in and be surprised because they make something for everyone. They offer at least one or two vegetarian options every day too (the spinach mushroom etoufee is great!). All of their entrees are $5, which includes bread, or if you can't decide, they offer a half-and-half combo plate for $6. The food is great for the price.

PROS: good, cheap, tasty food
CONS: can get a little crowded on Friday/Saturday nights

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Never having been to Indianapolis, we found YATS listed on City Search's best lunches list. At first we didn't even notice it because YATS is barely visible in the window; however, the hot new orleans style food is obviously popular with the local college crowd as they had every table filled but seats change quickly so it wasn't hard finding a table. Order at the counter from a half-dozen choices - food was brought to our table within 5 mins of ordering - hot & spicy and plenty of it. Nothing fancy here but people pack it it in because it is good eating for a very good price (all entrees were $5.50 - $6.50)

2
★★★★☆

Never having been to Indianapolis, we found YATS listed on City Search's best lunches list. At first we didn't even notice it because YATS is barely visible in the window; however, the hot new orleans style food is obviously popular with the local college crowd as they had every table filled but seats change quickly so it wasn't hard finding a table. Order at the counter from a half-dozen choices - food was brought to our table within 5 mins of ordering - hot & spicy and plenty of it. Nothing fancy here but people pack it it in because it is good eating for a very good price (all entrees were $5.50 - $6.50)

Pros: inexpensive good eats, ecclectic, popular with locals

Cons: nothing fancy, cash only, can be crowded

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I just cannot get enough Yats! I have loved every meal that I've had there! The spinach and mushroom etouffée is my favorite!!!

2
★★★★★

I just cannot get enough Yats! I have loved every meal that I've had there! The spinach and mushroom etouffée is my favorite!!!

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A full plate of hot, satisfying food for fast-food prices. Almost everything I've tried here has been excellent, although I do have trouble steering away from my favorite dish, the chili cheese etouffee with crawfish. Good thing they offer a half-and-half plate so you can try two menu items instead of just one. They have also recently added a half-plate option for lighter appetites. But don't bother. Go for the whole thing and save the leftovers if there are any. I love the cozy atmosphere--does get crowded sometimes--but the staff have always been very friendly and get the food out to you quick.

2
★★★★★

A full plate of hot, satisfying food for fast-food prices. Almost everything I've tried here has been excellent, although I do have trouble steering away from my favorite dish, the chili cheese etouffee with crawfish. Good thing they offer a half-and-half plate so you can try two menu items instead of just one. They have also recently added a half-plate option for lighter appetites. But don't bother. Go for the whole thing and save the leftovers if there are any. I love the cozy atmosphere--does get crowded sometimes--but the staff have always been very friendly and get the food out to you quick.

Pros: Excellent food, Great value, Fun atmosphere

Cons: Sometimes crowded, No credit cards

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I've been to the Broad Ripple location only. Although I can't speak to the authenticity of the cuisine, I can tell you it is quite tasty! The value is definitely great- you get a lot for your dollar here. Yes, it is only cash so think ahead a bit. Everything I've tried here has been good, and plenty spicy for me. Definitely worth a stop.

2
★★★★★

I've been to the Broad Ripple location only. Although I can't speak to the authenticity of the cuisine, I can tell you it is quite tasty! The value is definitely great- you get a lot for your dollar here. Yes, it is only cash so think ahead a bit. Everything I've tried here has been good, and plenty spicy for me. Definitely worth a stop.

Pros: cheap, cheap, cheap

Cons: good, good, good

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Being from New Orleans I had a chance to visit and fall in love with the city of Indianapolis. Having been to several restaurants I was told to try "Yats." It's hard to screw up red beans and rice but the sausage used was less than impressive and had too much rice. The rice itself was mushy and couldn't be helped with a large helping of Tobasco. I settled on the Jambalaya and walked away with a stomachache. This rice was also overcooked and not nearly enough smoked sausage. Which was disappointing because of the info I got from the locals. To the unititiated of true New Orleans food, I recommend it. To those that are accustomed to New Orleans style food I would highly recommend you to eat here with an open mind and understand that this is NOT New Orleans.

2
★★★★☆

Being from New Orleans I had a chance to visit and fall in love with the city of Indianapolis. Having been to several restaurants I was told to try "Yats." It's hard to screw up red beans and rice but the sausage used was less than impressive and had too much rice. The rice itself was mushy and couldn't be helped with a large helping of Tobasco. I settled on the Jambalaya and walked away with a stomachache. This rice was also overcooked and not nearly enough smoked sausage. Which was disappointing because of the info I got from the locals. To the unititiated of true New Orleans food, I recommend it. To those that are accustomed to New Orleans style food I would highly recommend you to eat here with an open mind and understand that this is NOT New Orleans.

Pros: cheap, ambiance, scenery

Cons: overcooked rice, not enough meat, bland

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This place has some wonderful creole food. I travel to New Orleans about 15-20 time a year and I have finally found a place in indy that brings home the flavor of the "BIG EASY". The food is out-of-this world!!! They also have a hot spot (free wi-fi) for your laptop or other internet ready gadget. Overall, I would recommend this establishment to everyone. The prices are great. meal is $5.50 - $6.50. Got to love that!!!! The staff is very friendly and unlike New Orleans, they all have teeth. The only downer is it is a CASH ONLY establishment. This is not the next VISA commercial restaurant. and no they don't take America Express.

2
★★★★★

This place has some wonderful creole food. I travel to New Orleans about 15-20 time a year and I have finally found a place in indy that brings home the flavor of the "BIG EASY". The food is out-of-this world!!! They also have a hot spot (free wi-fi) for your laptop or other internet ready gadget. Overall, I would recommend this establishment to everyone. The prices are great. meal is $5.50 - $6.50. Got to love that!!!! The staff is very friendly and unlike New Orleans, they all have teeth. The only downer is it is a CASH ONLY establishment. This is not the next VISA commercial restaurant. and no they don't take America Express.

Pros: price, food

Cons: cash only, limited menu

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Yats is unbelievable. Each dish is only $5 and the portions are generous. The owner is from New Orleans so you bet that the recipes are authentic. I personally love the crawfish etoufee which is made tastier by adding a chili/cheese type flavoring. My husband likes the red beans and rice. No bland food here! Plus they have a million different hot sauces you can try. I like the spicy garlic. Each dish also comes with French bread. Check this place out!

2
★★★★★

Yats is unbelievable. Each dish is only $5 and the portions are generous. The owner is from New Orleans so you bet that the recipes are authentic. I personally love the crawfish etoufee which is made tastier by adding a chili/cheese type flavoring. My husband likes the red beans and rice. No bland food here! Plus they have a million different hot sauces you can try. I like the spicy garlic. Each dish also comes with French bread. Check this place out!

Pros: Cheap, Fast, Authentic

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This place would be great at three times the price! $5 for what's on the menu everyday. $6 for half & half. You can't go wrong if you like Creole that's for sure. If you've never tried it, what are you waiting for? You can drop a fiver to find out - you'll be glad you did,

2
★★★★★

This place would be great at three times the price! $5 for what's on the menu everyday. $6 for half & half. You can't go wrong if you like Creole that's for sure. If you've never tried it, what are you waiting for? You can drop a fiver to find out - you'll be glad you did,

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This place is the best my dad and i go there at least once or twice a month if not more they have really good food.

2
★★★★★

This place is the best my dad and i go there at least once or twice a month if not more they have really good food.

Pros: good food, friendly people, inexpensive

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I tried the downtown Yat's for the first time a few months ago before heading to a show at the Murat, and am in heaven! The service was very friendly and patient as I deliberated over the various menu choices, and even offered up a sample upon observing my indecisiveness. I decided upon a coconut etoufee which was wonderful! Just enough coconut to give the flavor a pleasant twist.

And there's no beating the bang for your buck! Perfect for a filling meal without needing to allot a lot of time beforehand.

2
★★★★☆

I tried the downtown Yat's for the first time a few months ago before heading to a show at the Murat, and am in heaven! The service was very friendly and patient as I deliberated over the various menu choices, and even offered up a sample upon observing my indecisiveness. I decided upon a coconut etoufee which was wonderful! Just enough coconut to give the flavor a pleasant twist.

And there's no beating the bang for your buck! Perfect for a filling meal without needing to allot a lot of time beforehand.

Pros: changing menu , sample tastes given, excellent value

Cons: limited seating

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It's not pretty, but neither is Workingman's Friend, Acapulco Joe's or Mug n Bun. If you want ambiance, this is not your place. Dis is gooood cajun, nothing more, nothing less. Go for a half and half. But, hurry up and eat what you can for lunch, put the rest in a to-go box (supply conveniently located at the counter) and get going, else feel the stares of those standing waiting for a seat. After all, that pile of work on your desk isn't going to disappear as easily as that mound of spicy cajun ambrosia on your plate did.

2
★★★★★

It's not pretty, but neither is Workingman's Friend, Acapulco Joe's or Mug n Bun. If you want ambiance, this is not your place. Dis is gooood cajun, nothing more, nothing less. Go for a half and half. But, hurry up and eat what you can for lunch, put the rest in a to-go box (supply conveniently located at the counter) and get going, else feel the stares of those standing waiting for a seat. After all, that pile of work on your desk isn't going to disappear as easily as that mound of spicy cajun ambrosia on your plate did.

Pros: menu changes daily, heaping portions, very tasty!

Cons: insufficient seating, leave kids at home

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Proprieter Joe Vuskovich comes from a family legacy of good eats in New Orleans' West Bank, where his family had a restaurant for years.

Joe brought the ettouffe, gumbo, and various other New Orleans/Italiano/south of the border flavors to Indianapolis a few years ago, where people discovered the spice and the price ($5.00-$6.00 for a plate of heaven, french bread and a drink)!!

This New Orleans chick knows the real deal....try it for yourself!!

2
★★★★★

Proprieter Joe Vuskovich comes from a family legacy of good eats in New Orleans' West Bank, where his family had a restaurant for years.

Joe brought the ettouffe, gumbo, and various other New Orleans/Italiano/south of the border flavors to Indianapolis a few years ago, where people discovered the spice and the price ($5.00-$6.00 for a plate of heaven, french bread and a drink)!!

This New Orleans chick knows the real deal....try it for yourself!!

Pros: Inexpensive, Great taste, Authentic N'awlins

Cons: Parking, Crowded, Fattening

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Great food, service depends on the day. And, they have a second location downtown!

2
★★★★★

Great food, service depends on the day. And, they have a second location downtown!

Pros: Food, Ambiance, CHEAP

Cons: Limited parking, Limited Seating

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Cheap, fast, and good, enough said! Try the chili cheese etouffee with crawfish, or chicken creole. Jambalaya is hit-or-miss, wait too late in the day and you risk it being dried out. But fresh...it is too good!

2
★★★★★

Cheap, fast, and good, enough said! Try the chili cheese etouffee with crawfish, or chicken creole. Jambalaya is hit-or-miss, wait too late in the day and you risk it being dried out. But fresh...it is too good!

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I went to Yats on a cold December afternoon not quite sure what to expect. The food was warm and delicious, not to mention cheap. The staff were very friendly and let us sample several other dishes. I am definitely going back the next time I am in Indianapolis.

2
★★★★★

I went to Yats on a cold December afternoon not quite sure what to expect. The food was warm and delicious, not to mention cheap. The staff were very friendly and let us sample several other dishes. I am definitely going back the next time I am in Indianapolis.

Pros: Inexpensive, Delicious food, Great Service

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This wonderful little restaurant offers a small, but varying, selection of cajun/creole dishes. The food is excellent and inexpensive. The atmosphere is laid back yet the restaurant has a unique, homestyle cultured look to it that seems very inviting.

You have to eat here more than once to really appreciate it. Try the hunter's stew and most definitely try the pie.

2
★★★★★

This wonderful little restaurant offers a small, but varying, selection of cajun/creole dishes. The food is excellent and inexpensive. The atmosphere is laid back yet the restaurant has a unique, homestyle cultured look to it that seems very inviting.

You have to eat here more than once to really appreciate it. Try the hunter's stew and most definitely try the pie.

Pros: Inexepensive, Excellent food, Friendly staff

Cons: Parking

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Yat's is quite possibly the best cheap food i have ever tasted. THe authentic Cajun food is the best i've ever had, and where else can you get an entire meal for $5.

2
★★★★★

Yat's is quite possibly the best cheap food i have ever tasted. THe authentic Cajun food is the best i've ever had, and where else can you get an entire meal for $5.

Pros: Inexpensive, healthy, authentic

Cons: parking, limited seating

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Our absolute favorite place. We take every one there, and still would if they raised the prices. Outstanding value and outstanding flavor. Check out the collection of Hot Sauces.

2
★★★★★

Our absolute favorite place. We take every one there, and still would if they raised the prices. Outstanding value and outstanding flavor. Check out the collection of Hot Sauces.

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Only $5 for every item on the menu! Choose from the items of the day on the chalkboard and you won't be dissapointed. The chili cheese etouffee is a must!

2
★★★★★

Only $5 for every item on the menu! Choose from the items of the day on the chalkboard and you won't be dissapointed. The chili cheese etouffee is a must!

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Check the ever-changing menu online, and then head to Yats early (the lunchtime line often snakes out the door at this South Broad Ripple storefront). The draw? Authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine on the cheap. Frequented by a mix of…

 

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