Awwwww: restaurant reservation site Open Table has named Baltimore the 17th most-romantic city in America. That means we’re more romantic than Las Vegas (not difficult) and less romantic than Columbus, Ohio (hmmmm….).
Open Table’s method for discerning romance is somewhat questionable — they scanned their special restaurant seating data to find the cities where many restaurants were rated “romantic,” where diners requested tables for two, and where folks dined out on Valentine’s Day. So it’s not surprising that their list of the city’s 10 most romantic restaurants is similarly uninspired:
Louisiana Restaurant (Fells Point)
Aldo’s (Little Italy)
Charleston (Harbor East)
Kali’s Court (Fells Point)
Ciao Bella (Little Italy)
Da Mimmo Finest Italian Cuisine (Little Italy)
Fleming’s Steakhouse (Inner Harbor)
The Prime Rib (Downtown)
Sotto Sopra (Mt. Vernon)
Ruth’s Chris (Inner Harbor)
If a paramour tried to take me to a steakhouse in the Inner Harbor for a special occasion, I would probably break up with him immediately. Italian food? Snooze. Honestly, most of my favorite Baltimore restaurants probably aren’t listed on Open Table because they’re small and ethnic and (gasp!) cheap. (I like this “romantic restaurants” list from Urban Spoon much better.) But that’s just me — readers, where do you go to dial up the romance?