The Best Of Everything
Thurs. & Fri.
Sept. 26 & 27
Redcoat Tavern remains
a crowd-pleaser on Woodward.
he argument has
(corned beef with Swiss,
been going on for
coleslaw and Russian dress-
eons it seems ... and
ing), the Chesapeake (fresh
will probably keep
mahi mahi), the Carolina
on knocking around for time
(chicken cordon bleu),
unlimited ... without ever
Continental Reuben (corned
beef with sauerkraut and
The constant dispute about
Swiss cheese on grilled rye),
who makes the best burgers
and the Philadelphia (roast
today can easily spread
beef with sauteed peppers
among a number of restau-
onions, mushrooms, on
rants ... and many would
a French baguette), etc.
arguably present a good case.
Appetizers, too, like
But you can bet your boots that one
Scottish smoked salmon, tenderloin
of them will be the Redcoat Tavern,
tips, buffalo wings, onion rings, mush-
the colonial-style freestanding building rooms, etc. ... Also homemade
on Woodward, between 13 and 14
desserts, including the New Orleans-
Mile roads in Royal Oak.
style bread pudding, creme brulee and
For years, this has been a longtime
ice cream burgers made with choco-
favorite of many ... as the evenings
late-chip buns, etc.
come when numerous eateries proba-
Although not served every day, the
bly could count the empty tables ...
bronzed salmon with pecan rice pilaf
while Redcoat Tavern would have a
... and shepherd's pie with pearl
waiting period of folks hardly ever
onions and mashed potato crust are
leaving because they know what good-
among the dinner standouts.
ies are in store for them.
However, in the main, it's those ham-
Always a very high percent of the
burgers in so many forms that keep a
customers eat the luscious burgers for
huge slew of folks flocking to Redcoat
which Redcoat is very well known.
Tavern ... They're in a select class.
Little doubt that it is because of
The owners of Redcoat Tavern,
such juicy meat and excellent prepara-
brothers Matthew and Mark Brown,
tion that goes into making the tasty
will open the new Zinc French
brasserie ... hopefully toward - the end
But also a lot to do with Redcoat
of September ... at the former locale of
Tavern being among the very few
Uno Pizzeria on Orchard Lake Road
restaurants in Michigan where you can in West Bloomfield.
get true certified ground Piedmontese
Seating will be somewhere around
beef ... with its low content of fat, less
125 or so ... with their fine Chef Louai
than 12 grams ... and so low in calo-
Not too many places, either, that
gives you choices of over 25 goodies to
put on the hamburgers.
Burgers may be the big thing at
Redcoat Tavern, but there's also plenty
more to enjoy in the way of satisfying
a person's taste buds. '
Filets with grilled mushrooms, tradi-
tional English prime rib with
Yorkshire pudding and horseradish,
roasted Amish chicken, rib eye steaks,
chicken pot pie in classic French puff
pastry, Delmonico steaks, etc.
Homemade soups, too, including its
Caribbean-style seafood chowder,
French onion, chili, etc. ... numerous
salads ... and always other sandwiches
besides hamburgers ... many with
colonial days' names ... the Cornwallis
18 & 19
Sharkas running the kitchen show.
READERS ASK ABOUT the
whereabouts of Jaye Cooper, former
general manager at the one-time
Ristorante Di Modesta in Southfield.
She is handling party catering for its
former chef Hamad Kouka ... at his
popular Pasta Fagioli restaurant on
Square Lake Road, east of Telegraph in
The small restaurant of Hamad and
Janine Kouka is one of the top places
to go for good food and relaxed dining
... This, its customers will readily
attest to ... and most of them have
been to the best.
Pasta Fagioli may be small, seating
just about 50 ... but few restaurants
come any cozier ... or cleaner.
BEING GOLF NUTS, the thrill
was big when brothers Rick and
Ronnie Fink were invited by Windsor
Casino to play in the AT&T Canada
Senior Pro-Am Open at Essex
Country Club in LaSalle, Ontario.
Both are "regulars" at the Casino,
which was one of the co-sponsors ...
and were picked because their profiles
in the system told of both having avid
loves for golf.
Imagine playing with the likes of
Ben Crenshaw, Jim Colbert, Gary
Player, Tom Kite, Hubert Green, Hale
Irwin, Larry Ziegler, etc.
But probably having late draws, the
Fink brothers didn't get any of them ...
Just a no-name like Clyde Hughey, an
African-American from Mesa, Ariz. ...
and Hugh Bianci, who had to with-
draw because of a bad back ... in favor
of another no-name, Kenny Watkins Jr.
However, the pairings turned out to
be good ones ... with Rich, Ronnie
and a third amateur, John Matthews,
playing with Hughey the first day and
Watkins the second day.
Redcoat Tavern in Royal Oak