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First Look: Yats Cajun Creole

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson First Look: Yats Cajun Creole
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Bringing some much-needed bayou flavor to the Columbus food scene, Yats Cajun Creole held its grand opening this past Sunday, August 24th at 1386 Grandview Avenue.

This franchise of the popular Indiana-based company is run by brothers Michael and Jason O’Rourke, whose excitement for their new venture is only rivaled by the delicious – and quickly-served – fare they offer at Yats.

There are no actual paper menus, rather a board showing the day’s offering, and the price points per order. Guests rave about the classic Jambalaya, Drunken Chicken, and Red Beans & Rice with Smoked Sausage, but they also clamor for the unexpected there.

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Like the Chili Cheese Etoufée, a dish that takes the warmth and familiarity of chili and gussies it up with authentic New Orleans flavor. There’re also cookies available, provided by neighboring French Loaf Bakery, as well as house-made desserts, like Peanut Butter Pie.

Yats doesn’t have a liquor license, but strongly encourages customers to BYOB. They are in talks with Grandview Carry Out only doors away to establish a more permanent relationship (they ran specials for the grand opening), as well as with other nearby joints, like Ohio Taproom.

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The cozy 1,700 square feet space, which features colorful walls, a hot sauce station, and a short bar area, can seat around 65 guests at a time, and is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week, from 11am – 9pm, Monday-Saturday, and 11am – 8pm on Sundays.

Yats will be a part of the upcoming Taste of Grandview, scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 13th. For a longer look at their menu, visit www.yatscajuncreole.com.

Photos by Ayana Wilson.

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