Teavolve Cafe & Lounge: The Experience (Demo)

What started out as a quest for something edible ended up an evening of declaration: WE HAVE FOUND A NEW SPOT!!!  Yes it’s in Baltimore, but let me tell you, it’s worth the drive. Me, the hubster, and family were at Fells Point to catch the Katwalk Boutique outdoor fashion shows at Fells Point.  The tall ships were in Baltimore’s harbor, weather was about 81 degrees, we’d seen some of the fashion show and were hungry with no idea where to go.  GPS to the rescue.  Louisiana restaurant popped up as something promising but they were high falootin’, i.e. upscale, and this was a downscale day for us.  A dude sitting on the steps next to the restaurant gave us some suggestions, Chazz, A Bronx Original, was one.  

Chazz's empty seats
An hour wait

We hoofed it on down to Chazz, arriving there around 7 something only to be told that the wait was an hour.  Check the photo for what a part of their restaurant looked like BUT THEIR WAIT was an hour.  Right around the corner, there were happy people eating outside, so happy that they went to bragging on their sangria and appetizers.  We were game.  We entered Teavolve.  Even the people waiting for seats were welcoming.  I’m not even going to go into all the depths of flavors, balances between savory/citrusy/creamy of my coconut shrimp over polenta, or how that was the best Sangria I’ve ever tasted in my life; she uses roobio tea in the mix.  Not enough time to discuss the best bread pudding, with it’s firm but giving texture (I hate mushy bread pudding), and def not enough time to explore how the HECK they got red velvet cake to be lighter, airier than even angel food cake.  The food was so good that we hugged the owner, Sunni.

Teavolve Cafe & Lounge
(l)spinach artichoke dip, shrimp and grits (r)

Teavolve is located at 1401 Aliceanna Street in Baltimore.  She tells us that she will be opening another establishment in DC but I think she should come to Prince George’s County where she could have hour waits like Chazz’s IMAGINED they had.  From their reviews on yelp, people either loved or hated Chazz; my Baltimorean co-worker pronounced it pedestrian.  She makes great brownies and her family is authentically Italian so I trust her take on Chazz.  Teavolve, on the other hand, is the real thing.  Great flavors, personable staff, welcoming atmosphere: it’s all there. Check their web site for more information and GO THERE as soon as you can.
Sunni Gilliam
Sunni Gilliam, owner, Teavolve


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You must try teavolve!! Must! You will love it… Great atmosphere, fantastic food, easy on the wallet and worth every penny…and the owner is as sweet as her red velvet cake. 5 stars, 2 thumbs up and an A+ rating!

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