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Is the leash way too tight? Restricting children with kid leashes will lead to rebellion later on in teenage years

Lauren Lewis co-sports editor

Royal Oak classic arrives in Bloomfield New Red Coat Tavern restaurant on Orchard Lake Road is sure to please Derek Wolfe staff writer

The Orchard Lake Road construction couldn’t stop me from sinking my teeth into a famous, juicy Redcoat Burger. On September 9, the Red Coat Tavern and its celebrated burger had at last made its way to West Bloomfield. Now you can say goodbye to the Royal Oak schlep and say hello to one of the best upscale burger joints in Metro Detroit. The food at Red Coat Tavern is what made Bloomfield Hills residents trek 15 miles to Royal Oak. The Redcoat Special Hamburger ($6.95) is as advertised, absolutely incredible. The burger is usually served with lettuce, tomato, and pickles, but I ordered mine without tomatoes and added grilled onions. Everything was delectable. The meat was cooked to perfection, the sauce was delicious,

and the grilled onions hit the spot. Many other combinations can be created, including replacing the beef with lower-fat Piedmontese Beef (extra $2), but I highly suggest my order. Plain and simply, no other restaurant can compete with this whopping half-pound mouthwatering piece of bovine heaven. I was also able to enjoy thin-cut French fries ($4), an obvious perfect side dish. The Chicken Caesar Salad ($7 plain, $12 with chicken) is a great alternative if you’re not in the mood for meat. In addition, the macaroni and cheese is very tasty. Although I didn’t try these myself, popular appetizers include Mariner-Style Mussels, Scotch Eggs, and the Roadhouse Buffalo Wings, all recommended by Keith, the manager. The Redcoat Tavern does not serve breakfast, but it does open in time for brunch. Burgers aside, if you’re looking for a place with great ambiance the Red Coat Tavern might

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not be your restaurant of choice. The lighting was overly dim. If you were to go when it’s dark outside, reading the menu could be nearly impossible. Large parties could also pose a challenge because the tables are pretty close together. The restaurant as a whole isn’t that big, and just like its sister in Royal Oak, the wait could be out the door and up to an hour or more by 6:00, but when I went at 5:45 on a Monday night there was no line at all. Red Coat’s service is what I would call average. My waiter came simply to take orders and deliver them. He may have asked how we were doing once or twice, but nothing over the top or memorable. The Red Coat Tavern proves to be a restaurant every person should try. And once you try it, I can guarantee you’ll be back a second and third time. Although the wait may be long and frustrating, the service may not be the best there is, and it may get crowded, remember, the burger is the prize. The anticipation of waiting makes the burger taste even better. The Red Coat Tavern is the real deal, and that’s why it’s been a Detroit staple since 1972.

The Red Coat Tavern is the real deal, and that’s why it’s been a Detroit staple since 1972.

Many household items have multiple uses. You can use club soda to take out a stain, peanut butter to get that Bubblicious out of your hair, and a leash to restrain… your kid? I’m walking through the airport, and as I pass the baggage claim, I look to my left and what do I see? A little girl, about five years old, being “walked” on a leash by her overbearing mother. Utterly disturbed by this scene I ask myself, “since when have children become pets?” As I recall, a slap on the wrist used to be sufficient discipline for an unruly child, but now it seems that parents feel the need to strap their children up in order to keep them under control. A leash is a tool traditionally used to prevent a pet from running into traffic. Using them on children seems unnecessary and dehumanizing. Though children can be wild, they aren’t comparable to animals that needed to be caged in a zoo. I do not understand the mindsets of parents who imprison their child. It can’t just be me who’s secretly judging. I know these parents must receive questioning looks whenever in public. I simply can’t understand the rationalization that a leash is vital to their children’s safety. To keep your child close to your side, I believe a more suitable (and more normal) option would be to hold their hand. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the children’s shoes. How would you feel being “walked?” Parents seem to be setting their children up for rebellious teenage years and disaster. By controlling their every move at a young age, they’ll be more likely to run wild when they grow older. The bottom line: a leash’s purpose is for walking four-legged animals, not twolegged humans.

Andover Shield September 2009  

The online publication for The Andover Shield newspaper from September 2009.

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