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#2987821 - 10/18/12 04:24 PM Deja Vu Review: Memphis
TAFKAP
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After seeing it recently mentioned on here, I was doing some work near Deja Vu and decided to stop in for lunch. The restaurant is at the corner of Ghetto and Hood, but the building is clean and everyone is extremely friendly. At 1:00, there was still a decent lunch crowd still eating...a good mix of demographics, as well. There's not much seating space inside, but since I was there after the lunch rush, I sat immediately.

The menu was pretty varied, and you could get relatively cheap for $7.99 items or high on the hog for a $22 sampler plate. I opted for the blackened catfish, as I don't tend to go for po boys. The fish plates come with (2) sides....I opted for collard greens and red beans & rice.

The fish was fantastic. It was moist, flaky, and well seasoned.....also had just a slight hint of "mud" taste to it so you knew you were eating catfish. Red beans & rice tasted pretty good, but would be more aptly described as "bowl of rice with red bean sauce topping". Collards were just right, but I think were cooked to appeal to the vegan/veggie crowd with no smoked meat. Cornbread was a little on the sweet side, and more caky than cornbready. The tea wasn't very good...I suspect a Nestea concentrate or something similar.

For $13, this was a little steep on the plate lunch side of things, but Deja Vu seems pretty legit as a Creole stop. Probably will stop by a few more times to try some of the more pricy Creole offerings.

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#2987829 - 10/18/12 04:29 PM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: TAFKAP]
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$13 does seem a little high. Looks more like a $9-$10 plate to me. I'd also like to see a bigger bowl of greens. Seeing how they cost next to nothing to make, one should be generous. I need to try this pace out.
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#2987858 - 10/18/12 04:46 PM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: Poser]
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Poser, they offer them as "a la carte" sides. I wonder if ordering separately might get you a bigger portion. Next time, be sure to ask for red beans with rice....not vice versa.
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#2987859 - 10/18/12 04:46 PM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: TAFKAP]
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Sorry, $13 was tip included. I think it was $10 & change.
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#2989080 - 10/19/12 12:48 PM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: TAFKAP]
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Up here in the Nashville area Deja Vu isn't that kind of establishment.
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#2989204 - 10/19/12 01:50 PM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
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 Originally Posted By: Pic IN the Casa
Up here in the Nashville area Deja Vu isn't that kind of establishment.

We used to have a couple of those down here too.
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#2992064 - 10/21/12 06:55 PM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: BigAl]
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And all they serve is crab legs
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#2992270 - 10/21/12 08:36 PM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: northeasthunter]
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No in Nashville all they serve is bearded clam!
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#2992398 - 10/21/12 09:29 PM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: Inkstainz]
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If memory serves, the Nashville establishment serves a lunch buffet.
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#2992442 - 10/21/12 10:00 PM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: Inkstainz]
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 Originally Posted By: Inkstainz
No in Nashville all they serve is bearded clam!



it must have been awhile since you have been. no beards left on em now
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#3009924 - 10/31/12 09:19 PM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: redblood]
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those red beans look incredible
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#3016192 - 11/04/12 10:34 PM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: redblood]
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I'm tellin' ya - gotta try the etoufee, with the gumbo a close second.

The poboys are good, but they have too much bread. I tried the gator tail poboy once, and I felt like I was eating a whole loaf of bread with it.

As far as sides go, I usually get sweet potato fries or okra, but they have other good choices, too. Never get the plantains - they are lame.
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#3016233 - 11/04/12 11:48 PM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: redblood]
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
those red beans look incredible


It was OK.....again, more "Rice w/ red bean sauce" than what I had intended.
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#3016294 - 11/05/12 05:33 AM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: TAFKAP]
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The gumbo was really good at the Deja Vu location at Mt. Moriah and Winchester but it has since shuttered.
I cannot catch the other one open. Been by twice within the posted operating hours and both times they were closed.
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#3018631 - 11/06/12 10:02 AM Re: Deja Vu Review: Memphis [Re: Hawk]
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I didn't realize they were closed on Mondays until I showed up then once. I've never had problems on other days of the week, though.
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