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Bayou Bar & Grill Restaurant Review: Mardi Gras beads hang from the ceiling. Lights are as dim as a Bourbon Street back alley, and there’s an occasional zydeco or brass band on stage. But at least one thing is explicitly Memphis about this bar and grill: when the Memphis Grizzlies are playing, the game is broadcast on multiple TVs and projected onto a massive screen in the center of the bar. This laid-back Cajun joint serves authentic New Orleans fare, such as shrimp and crawfish etouffée, hand-breaded oysters, and crab cakes rémoulade. Po’ boys come stuffed with fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, fried chicken, grilled grouper and even smoked turkey. For the adventurous, the Bayou serves alligator chili (try it over french fries with added cheese). The Bloody Marys offered during weekend “Mardi Gras” brunch are locally famous, and you’ll need one (or three) to wash down eggs Pontchartrain (poached eggs with bacon, oysters and hollandaise sauce atop an English muffin). Desserts include such Southern favorites as bread pudding and chocolate pecan pie. The wine list is short and only features inexpensive labels, but the Bayou is better known for its cocktails and decent beer line-up (there’s a wide selection of New Orleans’ hometown brew, Abita).