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DejaVu Creole Soul Food & Vegetarian Restaurant

51 S. Main St. (Union Ave.) Send to Phone
Traditional meaty Cajun fare and vegan soul food coexist on the menu at DejaVu.

Lunch & Dinner daily

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DejaVu Creole Soul Food & Vegetarian Restaurant Restaurant Review

: Chef Gary Williams moved from New Orleans to Memphis, but thankfully he brought his native foods with him. Williams creates classic Cajun dishes, such as alligator stew, shrimp Creole and crawfish etouffée. Williams is also known for his vegan-friendly menu, which features everything from dairy-free cheese quesadillas to mock chicken salad. And all soul food sides, such as collard greens and candied yams, are cooked without meat or animal byproducts. Many of the desserts, including a rich chocolate cake with strawberry sauce, are vegan, and there’s bread pudding, too. This location serves beer but no other alcohol. Mardi Gras beads, themed masks, and other purple, green and yellow memorabilia give the place a festive vibe. There are two levels of seating, so a wait for a table is rare. The original DejaVu operates out of a tiny former downtown church house at 936 Florida St., 901-942-1400.


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