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Yelp lists two Columbia spots among the country's 100 most romantic restaurants

Columbia's Royal Taj is the 89th Most Romantic Restaurant in the U.S., according to Yelp.
Columbia's Royal Taj is the 89th Most Romantic Restaurant in the U.S., according to Yelp. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Two of the Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. are in Columbia, according to Yelp.

The list, issued Friday morning by the crowd-sourced review forum, included Columbia’s Indian Royal Taj, 8335 Benson Drive, at No. 89, and Stanford Grill, 8900 Stanford Blvd., at No. 90.

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What diet? On Tuesday Yelp released its annual list of the top 100 eateries nationwide in which diners can break at least one New Year’s resolution.

In creating the list, restaurants were identified that had “a large number of reviews mentioning the words ‘romantic,’ ‘Valentine’s Day’ and ‘date night,’” according to information supplied by Yelp. Those restaurants, in turn, were ranked “using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning the relevant keywords.”

Each metro area was limited to two entries on the list, which could explain why no restaurants from Baltimore (or, indeed, anywhere else in Maryland) were included. The list does include two D.C. restaurants, Blue Duck Tavern (No. 60) and Le Diplomate (No. 70).

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Bar Liquorice landed at the top of Yelp's 50 Best Places to Eat in Baltimore, with Ekiben and Joe Benny's near the top as well.

The country’s most romantic restaurant, according to Yelp, is Chicago’s Penumbra. In fact, Chicago must be one romantic place to eat, as it also includes the third most romantic restaurant, Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf.

While two of our neighboring states, Virginia (three entries) and Pennsylvania (two) are represented, no restaurants from our neighbors Delaware or West Virginia made the list, which seems unfair. But it does include seven from California and 14 from Florida.

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