Best Romantic Restaurant

1812 Bank St., (410) 342-2172, henningerstavern.com

If the classic poster of a hirsute, nude Burt Reynolds stretched out on his side on top of a bearskin rug doesn't put you in the mood, then nothing will. OK, we suspect that Henninger's' intimate atmosphere-with its small tables (perfect for whispering sweet nothings), low lighting, curious prints, paintings, and assorted gewgaws-will do the trick. And then there's the menu, which could seem scattered but which we suspect derives its overarching theme from decadence: fried oysters in Pernod, rabbit sausage with apples and polenta, Cornish hen with gruyere-and-leek bread pudding, broiled whole fish served over jasmine rice, peanut butter pie, and lemon tartufo.

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