From carnivore to vegan, kids to late-night daters, this busy spot in the Quadrangle offers fare to please any diner--except those on a tight budget--with an idiosyncratic menu that ranges from burgers dripping in cheese to the Square Meal, a platter of organic black beans, brown rice and steamed vegetables. There are real grand slam breakfasts, elegant dinners such as the noodle bowl served with a spring roll perched atop two chopsticks and new takes on standards (Dream Café's hummus is a rich paste served with crispy herb pita chips). The outdoor playground and late hours only sweeten the deal.
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For as long as I've lived in Dallas -- off and on for five years now -- I've put off going to the Dream Cafe because the name strikes me as powerfully lame. The whole "eclectic" and "global" shtick sounds like the kind of thing that...