Try something different. 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!!
No matter which location, Yats has the best food with quick service & kitschy love for all!. 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.
Outstanding New Orleans Cuisine and a Great Value Too!.
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.
Flavorful food and what a great value too!. 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.
lots of good food. 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
QUICK HOT & SPICY NEW ORLEANS STYLE FOOD. 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)
Excellent food. I just cannot get enough Yats! I have loved every meal that I've had there! The spinach and mushroom etouffée is my favorite!!!
My favorite lunch spot. 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.
Good n' cheap. 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.
Not all that great. 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.
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