Restaurant Name: Yats
Location: 340 E State St, West Lafayette, IN (map it)
Phone: (765) 743-9287
Review: Yats has been in West Lafayette for a while now, but I hadn’t been able to find much information on it so I haven’t done a review. Today I decided I was going to head over there and see what it was all about. I knew they advertised as Cajun and Creole, so I figured I’d find a combination of rice and bean dishes and so on.
Before going, I did some research so I would know what to expect. This is a chain restaurant, with locations in Indianapolis, Greenwood and Chicago, so the Yats website is not solely for the Yats in West Lafayette. My hope was to find a menu, maybe some nutritional information, etc before we left. I went to the menu page and it had a link to the menu for each location. Apparently they vary from location to location. Unfortunately, when I clicked on the West Lafayette location, I got a “No Menu Available Today” message. I was able to get the idea of what was available from one of the other locations, and I noticed later in the day the menu was there. Just not when I needed it.
I hadn’t realized until I arrived that it was located in the old Roly Poly location, but as soon as I walked in the door, I immediately recognized the setting. (An aside, I do miss Roly Poly.) The menu had six choices, with variations of beans and rice, gumbo, and etouffee. You order at the counter, and they call you when it’s ready. The food is served on styrofoam plates with plastic forks and spoons – definitely fast food.
I ordered the red beans and rice with sausage. It was fixed quickly enough, and served with two large hunks of garlic bread. I’m not an experienced eater of Cajun food, and my best attempts at red beans and rice come from a box of Zatarain’s, but overall, I was not impressed. I didn’t think the red beans tasted good, and the sausage was definitely sub par. My husband really enjoyed the red beans and rice, but agreed about the sausage. I definitely think this one could be just a matter of taste. It was a really cheap meal though, so if you are looking for something fast and cheap, this one fits the bill.
Kid friendly: Not really. I did not see high chairs, and there was no children’s menu. My kids, who normally inhale smoked sausage, tried the sausage and wouldn’t eat anymore, although they devoured the bread. I’d skip this one with kids.
Methods of payment: Cash or credit.
Official Website: www.yatscajuncreole.com