With plenty of outdoor seating and a large, open floor plan, it’s clear the owners of the newly opened Dream Cafe on Mockingbird decided to dream big.

The brightly colored diner is upscale without being uptight, making it a perfect place to meet friends for a late, lazy-day breakfast, or lunch when you just need to get out of the office. Expect to find classic dishes with a twist, Lakewood Dream Cafe owner Christine Lott says.

“We’re kind of American eclectic with a healthy flair.”

The Cafe serves breakfast and lunch every day until 3 p.m. and features a dinner menu Tuesday through Saturday.

Lott says some of the house favorites include the Mystic Pasta, a grilled chicken dish dressed up with brie, smoked bacon and pearl onions, then tossed with orecchiette pasta in a garlic cream sauce. The Sonoma squash, a creamy, savory plate delivering a roasted acorn squash stuffed with brown rice, pecans, currants, shallots and goat cheese, is another popular choice with customers. The dish is served with a garden salad with balsamic or cilantro-lime vinaigrette.

Lott also recommends the shrimp tacos. The whole wheat tortillas are packed with crispy fried shrimp, avocado, cabbage slaw and aioli and served with black beans, brown rice and sour cream.

This is the third Dream Cafe — the first two are in Uptown and Addison — and the only one owned by neighbor Lott.  

Dream Cafe
6465 E. Mockingbird, suite 140

Ambience: Casual, relaxed

Price Range: $5-$15

Hours: Sunday-Monday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tuesday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.