Best Romantic Restaurant: Henninger's

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

Henninger’s, which Jayne and Kenny Vieth have been running for nearly 30 years, has always drawn a talky crowd, especially at the bar. People come to talk about the news of the day, great books and old streetcar lines. The adjacent dining room is where people come to sink into love. There have been nights at this Upper Fells Point love nest, when the only patrons in the cozy dining room—other than us—were couples, couples on first dates and second dates, couples celebrating anniversaries, and couples making googly eyes at each other over fine Manhattans and the best fried oysters in town.

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