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DejaVu Creole Soul Food & Vegetarian Restaurant Restaurant Review: Located in a former downtown church house, this Memphis eatery packs them in at lunch. Though Southern-style cooking isn’t typically vegetarian-friendly, the menu at this modest "soul food" joint features both meat and vegan entrée options. To make both sides happy, all of the side dishes---red beans and rice, collard greens, smothered okra---are free of meat and animal by-products. Chef Gary Williams dishes out such classic Cajun favorites as alligator stew, shrimp Creole, and crawfish étouffée. Meatless mains include barbecued tofu, fried vegetable rolls, and a mock chicken salad sandwich that could fool any omnivore. Many of the desserts---including a rich chocolate cake with strawberry sauce---are vegan. Word of advice: Arrive a little before noon (or go for a late lunch after 1 p.m.) to get a table since the tiny place fills up fast. Dinner service closes early, at 7 p.m. during the week and at 6 p.m. on Saturdays, so plan accordingly.