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Gumbo YA YA

1080 S Broadway Ste 107, Lexington, KY 40504
(859) 252-9292
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Ranked #7 of 755 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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Fort Worth, Texas
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102 reviews 102 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Eat here just about every time I go to Lexington. Good, inexpensive and very quick. I love their Cajun food. I think you will, too. (I take my friends there as well)

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Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Tired after a long days drive, we selected this place because of it's high rating on Trip Advisor. What a joke! Today we are aware that financial markets can be manipulated by knowledgeable scoundrels, so it's fair to say that the same thing can be done with restaurants. This place is terrible! So bad, I won't even speak of the... More

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Columbia SC
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Staff was nice and the food was pretty good but it lacked something. not sure what. Didn't seem to have too many customers on a game day either

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Mechanicsville, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

My wife and I stopped in on our way from Maryland to Bowling Green, KY for a wedding. We were looking for something easy and vegetarian friendly for her. This popped up on a Google search and off we went. The venue was a bit hard to find; it is a small hole in the wall type of place, but... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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