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In this kingdom by the sea

Every so often, a restaurant owner gets literary. Annabel Lee Tavern in Canton is named after a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The fondly remembered Mencken's Cultured Pearl was of course named for H.L. Mencken, the "Bard of Baltimore," the bygone Birches took its name from a Robert Frost poem and the old Bandaloops in Federal Hill got its name from a fictional tribe in Tim Robbins' 1984 novel "Jitterbug Perfume" -- but you knew that. However, another bygone literary haunt, Louie's Bookstore & Cafe, was named for the owner's son.

Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun photo