Michaels is the island’s choice destination for steak. Serving Allen Brothers USDA prime beef from Chicago, Michaels has won local Master Chef’s Classic awards for both the veal chop, and the filet al forno. But this is no stodgy steakhouse. It’s a steakhouse ensconced in American fine dining, ensconced in Key West. It quit the rat race, retired, donned a flowered shirt, and took up fishing. Which is why more recent awards have gone to the crab cake and seafood crepe. Locals also cozy up to the five different fondue choices at the inviting garden bar. Michaels has one of Key West’s most enchanting, romantic dining rooms. The garden portion is all plants, gurgling fountain, and candlelit lanterns (shaded, fanned, and heated for all-weather comfort). Indoors is elegant and comfortable. This is a restaurant for an entire evening—with a specialty martini menu, a Wine Spectator Awarded list, and an indulgent, chocolate volcano dessert. For downsized decadence, the Light Side Menu offers smaller portions of house favorites. For traditional American meets island romance, try this place.