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Gumbo YA YA

1080 S Broadway Ste 107, Lexington, KY 40504
(859) 252-9292
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Ranked #3 of 737 restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $5 - $10
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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English first
Lexington, Kentucky
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This place has big portions for a small price. We sometimes run over to get our food to-go when we've got a day of meetings. We order, they scoop out the food, and we're off back to the office. They have a spicy sauce that will literally set you on fire. Hope you have a few glasses of water at... More

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alexandria, va
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The food was ok. I liked that you can get 1/2 portions so I could try two different dishes. The Maque Choux was tasty, but had very few crawfish in it. The red beans & sausage was nice and spicy and had a lot of sausage. If you are looking for veg choices, note that even though there are many... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I saw a line here when I first go into lexington... Thought that was a good sign. Tried gumbo yaya and was taken by it! Ask for the free samples... Food is amazing!

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Lexington, Kentucky
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I'm from Louisiana. The only thing this place offers that's "Cajun" authentic is the Abita beer. The rest is not even close. Zatarain's box meals taste better. Unfortunately there really are no true Cajun restaurants in Lexington. The closest I have found is Furlongs and they have even lost their edge ever since the move to Tiverton.

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Lexington, Kentucky
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The food is excellent and the menu variety makes it a place that's easy to go back to time and again. I have been a weekly customer for years and, in addition to the menu, the staff is without question exceptional. Several of the servers have worked there for years which speaks well for how the business is run. They... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Place gets better every time I go there. Best value in town by far. The menu changes every day so you always have something different to choose from. You have to have the yatwich! It should be at the top of everyone's bucket list.

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Lexington, Kentucky
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

I live very close to Gumbo Ya Ya and can't help but go there at least once a week. The food is always hot, fresh, and delicious. I have tried nearly everything on the menu but the red beans and rice is my favorite. Their garlic hot sauce is delicious too!

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Lexington, Kentucky
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Whether you're staying in, or getting food on the go, or catering your birthday, Gumbo Ya Ya is the best deal in town. Unlike other "Cajun" joints in town, Ya Ya actually has flavor and spice to their food. Would you like something less intense? Try the Maque Choux. Would you like to sweat while you eat? Try the Yatwich.... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This poop was on point. (wouldn't let me use the S word...) I need Gumbo Ya Ya in my life everyday. Real talk. Man, I nearly creamed my jeans! Get some ASAP!

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Seaford, New York, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

My friend and I were on a road trip through Kentucky. Desperate for a place to eat and craving something different, we checked out Yelp and found this place. Located in a little strip mall, it looks like nothing special. Trust me, it is amazing. We sampled just about everything on the menu and it was so difficult to decide... More

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