Don’t be put off by the strip mall location; once inside, Michael’s decor makes guests feel cozy and comfortable with creamy yellow walls and pictures of celebrities hung near the bar.
The focus is on Italian-American fare with pasta combinations, steaks, seafood, chicken, burgers and salads. Complimentary garlic bread kicks off all meals. The Oriental chicken salad was good, but the homemade orange dressing was thin in consistency and most of the spices remained in the bottom of the cup. We also tried the asparagus chicken pasta, slathered in a creamy yellow sauce that looked a little odd but tasted good. Pastas come with a choice of soup or salad: The thick beer cheese soup was a little bitter; we’d go for the lobster bisque or Maryland crab soup instead next time. Salads range $7 to $10, sandwiches and burgers $8 to $12, and dinner entrees $13 to $26.
The clientele is mostly locals, and the owner stopped by our table to make sure our meals were OK. Overall, Michael’s has a homey feel, and fits the bill for decent food at reasonable prices.