L’Eau de Vie has opened its French doors smack in the middle of Fells Point. And it doesn’t take a true detective to know this new vegan eatery is special. Didn’t think Fells needed another food establishment to tempt you along your post-work run? Think again. You’ll want to cozy up and treat yo’self to the upscale vegan French fare of your dreams.
Sound too good to be true? It’s all thanks to veghead celeb Woody Harrelson. ICYMI: the Inn at the Black Olive is no longer a dwindling boutique hotel. Harrelson rescued the prime riverside real estate with that fresh Hollywood cash and—voilà—flipped it into eco-friendly apartments, complete with this locally-sourced restaurant.
Sure, most of the residences are snatched up (sad face), but luckily everyone else can stroll right in the first floor, where L’Eau de Vie Organic Brasserie opened late-summer 2018.
If you were already on your way to Google Translate, L’Eau de Vie means Water is Life (you’re welcome), and we’re anticipating some all-natural vibes all the way across the menu. This French food won’t rely on rich dairy-based cheeses or heavy sauces. After all, who better to bring fancy vegan fare to Balti than Harrison? He’s an outspoken vegan and advocate for plant-based chefs.
Elena Johnson is the head chef at L’Eau and the mastermind behind this complex mix of innovative plant-based recipes and cultural tradition. She’s got a history of clean food catering and French cooking. Here’s looking at her for flaky vegan croissants and so much more.
If you can’t wait till evening to call yourself a Francophile (you love French culture), slide up to the juice bar and order a rustic sandwich on your lunch break. Or make a reservation when you’re ready to dabble in the locally-sourced components of each dinner entrée. Oh, and it goes without saying: Saturday and Sunday mornings in Fells are synonymous with brunch. So drag yourself outta bed in time to sip on some juicy AM cocktails and healthy, produce-forward dishes well into the afternoon.
Don’t ditch the city in search of a vegan evening out. Next time you’re craving a cruelty-free, to-die-for dish, hit up L’Eau de Vie and dig into a tasty plate of much-needed nourishment with a cultural twist.