Today is Fat Tuesday, and we all know what that means: time for everyone to flash their bare chests in exchange for plastic bead necklaces. Trading away something precious for cheap beads is a classic American blunder. The Native Americans gave away vast territories for beads; today, American youth give away their dignity. Well, you can't trick us at Groupon - you have to pay us in dollars. And today's Groupon may be an even better deal than the Louisiana Purchase. Indeed, it is a Louisiana Purchase in a sense - a $15 voucher towards Chicago's finest Louisiana cuisine purveyors, Yats Cajun Creole Restaurant, for only $5. Tax is included, too! No more "show me your beads" - at Yats, it's all about "show me your beans!" Delicious, spicy red beans accompany rice, etouffées, gumbos, and jambalayas in various combinations. You can buy up to 2 per person, and you won't even have to explain anything to mom (or sue Joe Francis, creator of Girls Gone Wild).
Yats offers up some of the best Cajun Creole food in Chicago, with a daily menu of 6 to 10 dishes that are fresh and intensely flavorful. Each meal is built upon a bed of white rice, and comes with spicy French bread good for dipping. Joe, the New Orleans native who steers the Yats, has concocted an assortment of magical spice combinations that give his cuisine a rich flavor like no other - but if you're still not satisfied, an extensive selection of hot sauces and spice additions is at the ready. And you won't even have to take off your top to procure them -- how's that for a fair deal?
With locations all around in Indianapolis (its place of origin), Yats has finally bought this tasty cuisine to Chicago. However, the love for Yats spreads throughout the Midwest. Check out these stellar Yelp reviews, averaging 4 out of 5:
- "I first started going to Yats in Indy while I was down there for work. I was elated when I found out they were coming to Chicago. Basically I think this is best Cajun Creole you can find in the city. Everything is cheap and delicious." -- Patrick G
- "When I heard Yats came to Chicago, I just about squealed. Back when I went to school in Bloomington, we used to drive an hour to and from Indianapolis just to get a plate of food at Yats. And it was worth every minute and every mile." -- Stephanie K
- "I got both veggie options in my half and half. The succotash and the spinach and mushroom etouffée. Both were absolutely delish! The spinach dish is a thicker sauce and has great flavor and is less spicy than the succotash. The succotash has okra, corn, beans etc in it and was a bit more spicy. SO good. And the bread was tasty as well." --Trina B., self-declared "Yats groupie"
We understand that some people still might struggle with the idea of eating good food on Mardi Gras instead of binge drinking and draping beads on our lordy lordies. With that in mind, we'd like to help Groupon users to avoid confusion when embarking on their visit with this FAQ:
Q: Can I take off my shirt while in the restaurant?
A: No. If you wish to remove your clothes while eating Yats food, we recommend take-out.
Q: Not even if I tip really well?
A: Fine. Just kidding, No.
Q: Yats are just fancy boats, right? Can I wear a bikini?
A: The only rule at Yats is that there are no rules. Oh - and that you can't wear a bikini.
Q: Can I bring a pitcher of Hurricanes to chug down with my meal?
A: No. If you really want a powerful taste sensation, please try the homemade peanut butter cream pie instead.
Q: Will Yats' front door accommodate my homemade dragon float?
A: Depends on the size of your float. Floats larger than 4'x8'x2' may not be accommodated.
Q: Does Yats offer a drive-thru daiquiri service?
Yats is located at 955 W Randolph, and do make sure you arrive hungry. A Yats meal is already very affordable ($5.50 for a regular, with a buck additional for the combo). With today's Groupon, you can buy two meals, and save one for when your friend Rufus says, "show me your beads." Smear the jambalaya all over his face and say, "show me your chili face, Rufus!" And when Rufus then says, "Touche!" you'll share a fine laugh and the remaining gumbo.