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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 756 Restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 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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Lexington, Kentucky
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Great lunch place for a cajun flair. Plenty big portions and decent pricing help make this a favorite. Seeting is not great but lots of folks get carryout.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The service was great. I was able to try samples of the flavors before choosing my selections. The food was fantastic.

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Lexington, Kentucky
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We are always looking to try new places, and this one is definitely on the return to list! Great Etouffee, and Red Beans and Rice. Lots of take out orders while we were there on a Sunday afternoon, so they were busy both inside and going out. Close enough to campus for foot traffic. Big portions and relaxing atmosphere- comfortable... More

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Point Pleasant
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Wife and I wanting something different from the burger/sandwich lunch..looked at Tripadvisor and Gumbo YA YA was not too far away from hotel. When we got there were lots of cars but when inside appeared that the cars belonged to people eating at other nearby restaurant... thought maybe had made a mistake. Told young man at counter that liked gumbo... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We have tasted the best of Cajun in New Orleans, so we were skeptical when we read the reviews about Gumbo YA YA. More doubts when the published directions to the address led us to a strip mall almost at the edge of town in Lexington, Kentucky. Still unconvinced that we arrived at the right place, we took tentative steps... More

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Jackson, mo
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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72 reviews 72 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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

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
39 helpful votes 39 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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