It’s part neighborhood coffee shop, part gastropub with an upscale twist. Expect to find a new take on traditional dishes, such as a classic burger dressed up with jalapeño-pimiento cheese and whiskey-soaked onions, or steel-cut oatmeal with Granny Smith apples, cinnamon and sweet vanilla cream.

Its laid-back atmosphere and rotating menu from breakfast to lunch to dinner makes it a place you can pop in anytime of the day. It doesn’t hurt that owners Ricki Derek and Cary Ballas are from Lakewood. They specifically set out to create a neighborhood hangout that would provide tasty offerings in a relaxed ambiance, whether you want to grab a beer at the bar or grab a cup of Full City Rooster Coffee and dash.

“We modeled it off those neighborhood cafes in Europe that are on every corner,” Derek says, “those places you go to all the time, no matter what time of day it is.”

The Heights features culinary creations by local chef Karin Porter, formerly of The Grape on Lower Greenville, who says she makes food “that she wants to eat.” Her menus will change on the fly based on what’s in season, or what she personally prefers, with products sourced from local farms including Winn Meat and Windy Meadows Family Farm. Most everything, including the decadent Nutella cinnamon rolls, is made in house, except for the breads that are baked fresh daily at La Spiga Bakery in Addison.

The Heights
2015 Abrams Road

Casual comfort

Price Range:

Mon-Thursday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-close (changes daily); Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-close.

Did you know?
The bar’s television is hidden in plain sight behind a two-way mirror, and only comes on at game time.

3 more spots to Grab a drink in Lakewood

The Ginger Man
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6341 La Vista, 469.607.1114

The Cock & Bull
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Times Ten Cellars
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