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Bayou Bar & Grill Restaurant Review: The Crescent City is only a few hours’ drive from Memphis, but those who don’t have a few hours get their taste of New Orleans at the Bayou Bar & Grill. The laidback restaurant dishes out authentic Cajun fare, such as shrimp and crawfish etouffée, hand-breaded oysters, and crab cakes rémoulade. For the adventurous, the Bayou even serves alligator chili. The Bloody Marys offered during weekend brunch are locally famous, and you’ll need one (or three) to wash down eggs Pontchartrain (poached eggs with bacon, oysters and hollandaise over 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 offerings (there’s a wide selection of New Orleans’ hometown brew, Abita). As with other traditional Cajun restaurants, vegetarians won’t find much to eat on the menu.