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Gumbo YA YA

1080 S Broadway Ste 107, Lexington, KY 40504
(859) 252-9292
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Ranked #2 of 755 restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: Gumbo Ya Ya Fast Casual Cajun Creole is locally owned & operated by Greg and Tressa Todd. Greg started his career in the Cajun restaurant business in 1989 as an assistant manager for New Orleans native Joe Vuskovich (Original founder of Jozo's Bayou Gumbo). Greg worked under Joe V's wing for many years as a prep cook, store manager & co-partner of the original Yats Cajun Creole. After several years in the business, Greg decided to open his own Cajun joint with a “keep it simple” motto & no frills. Thus the chalkboard menu and tax included pricing. The S. Broadway location opened it's doors in January of 2004 and continues to serve up Lexington's finest Cajun cuisine around. Greg takes great pride in knowing every plate of food served in his store is prepared by him using fresh local produce (no preservatives) & that he is dishing up damn good Cajun Creole for a can’t beat it price! So, whether your in the mood for the famous Yatwich, or you need to satisfy your irrepressible urge for Maque Choux, or you just want ya some Red Beans & Rice on Wash day, Ya Ya's has got you covered!
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89% Recommend
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English first
Jackson, mo
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Had lunch here on Sunday afternoon. The place was very clean and inviting. The server pointed out the specials of the day and I had the Crawfish Étouffée which was delicious. I was very pressed with the speed of service, before I had my drink my meal was ready for me. The atmosphere was great for a Cajun restaurant. I... More

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Augusta, Georgia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Really good Cajun and Creole food served up by nice people. The restaurant has a general menu, but only some items are available on a given day. That keeps things fresh. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. The restaurant offers a limited beer selection (Abita brews are available).

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This is a great casual dining spot for fantastic Cajun food. You can sample all item so you know what you get you will like. The portions are large and affordable. They add new menu items daily. They also have delicious peanut better pie!

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Kansas City, Missouri
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We were passing through Lexington, so I took to Trip Advisor to see what options for dinner were available. We had a craving for Cajun so decided to give this place a shot! Boy are we glad we did!! We were greeted with a friendly welcome and were able to even have samples of the specials that day before making... More

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Byron, Georgia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Checked in to the local Holiday Inn Express and was hungry. We looked on TA and found this local place and decided to try it. So glad we did, good home cooked Cajun food and at a reasonable price, way better than the local Sir Pizza, Sonic and Buffalo Wild Wings. Try it please you won't be disappointed!

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

All reviews are correct, had jambalya, was better than what I have eaten in Nawlin's All is good, Will certainly go back when I am in the area, also offered a sample to try something different before you buy. Who does that besides an ice cream store ? Good place Good people, You have to be looking hard to find... More

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My dish I got wasn't anything to ride home about compared to others I've had before here and else where, pretty simple crawfish creole , lite on the crawfish and a piece of chick(what I get for ordering the small plate) What really won me over on this place was the gentlemen handling the register. On a slow night a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Gumbo ya ya is my absolute favorite place to eat in Lex . The atmosphere is great with a constant stream of blues/jazz and a festive décor. The food is always worth the trip and the hot sauce is delicious enough to bring home with you. My personal favorite is the Mushroom and Parmesan Creole.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I usually go by Gumbo YA YA at least once every few weeks to pick up an easy feast for the family. They have a fantastic rotating selection of Cajun staples plus some innovative dishes. We're pleased to always have a few veggie options.It's nice to dine in and enjoy the beer selections, too. Great value and portion size keep... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great food, great prices and the fastest food around!! Great depth of flavor in all the dishes. One of our favorites

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