Lake Highlands Café banana cake Photo by Mark Davis

Lake Highlands Café banana cake Photo by Mark Davis

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Oatmeal raisin cookies at Highlands Café

Oatmeal raisin cookies at Highlands Café

It’s possible to start taking neighborhood staples such as Highlands Café — in business eight years now — for granted. Don’t. Appreciate it. Love it. As V-Day approaches, hone in on the sweet treats owners Anita Siegers and Kathy Stewart offer, starting with the moist, melt-in-your-mouth, decadently frosted banana cake. Or go chocolate with a dense dark brownie, crave-creating cake or chipped cookie. Siegers favors the fat and flavorful oatmeal cookie, which just doesn’t get enough attention. Every dessert is cooler with a scoop of Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, a locally made product that comes in flavors such as Turtle Torture (the perfect mix of vanilla, caramel and praline, Siegers extols), Dr Texas (made with Dr Pepper) and kid-favorite, Cupcake. The appetizers, including a sampler platter with hummus, pimento and guacamole or homemade fried chicken tenders, are a fitting prelude to dessert, as are the fresh wraps, soups, salads, sandwiches and specials (meatloaf, chicken-fried steak and pulled pork tacos, to name a few). Vegetarian options include a veggie burger, cucumber sandwich and Greek salad.

Highlands Café

9661 Audelia, 214.349.2233

Ambiance: Comfortably hip
Price range: Desserts: $1.25-$3.99; Menu: $6-$15
Did you know? Highlands Café’s tables are made from doors and other parts of its remodeled building.


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