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  Annunciation (1016 Annunciation St., 568-0245) serves contemporary Creole cuisine, but its chef, Steve Manning, jokes that at the moment it can seem "like a crabmeat and vegetable restaurant."

  The menu features crabmeat prominently, so there is risotto with crabmeat, and lobster, shrimp and soft-shell crab are topped with crabmeat in meuniere sauce.

  A dish of fried oysters topped with Brie suggests Annunciation's lineage. That dish is a signature appetizer of Clancy's (6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111; www.clancysneworleans.com), where Manning was chef for many years until leaving to develop Annunciation with business partners. The restaurant opened in late July.

  Annunciation replaced Deanie's, an old-fashioned plate lunch place in business since 1967 (which had no relation to the Deanie's Seafood restaurants in Bucktown and the French Quarter). The change is radical, but Manning says something like a throwback to the old Deanie's is in the works. He plans to add modestly priced lunch service in about a month, utilizing the soul food recipes of his kitchen staff.

  "The old Deanie's had its fans, and a lot of the people working down here in the Warehouse District don't want to do the $20 lunch thing all the time, so this will be a different option," he says.

  Annunciation serves dinner Monday through Saturday.

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