Back story: Located near the fairgrounds in Timonium, Michael's Cafe has been run by the Dellis family since its opening in 1984. (Michael is the family patriarch). Today, its capable takes on classic American food and welcoming bar make it a popular spot with the local community.

Parking: Lot in front.

Signature dish: Michael's kitchen has a deft touch with filet mignon (6- and 9-ounce portions available). Well-seasoned, the meat has a savory crust on the outside but is tender and cooked just to order inside. Try the mushrooms and onions, a sweet tangle of vegetables, on the side.

Where: 2119 York Road, Timonium.

Contact: 410-252-2022; http://www.michaelscafe.com

Open: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily

Credit cards: All major

Rating: 1.5 stars

Reservations: Accepted

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