East Lake Cafe
"Old Fashion Neighborhood Restaurant"
3430 East Lake Rd Palm Harbor 34685 - (727) 772-0707

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Welcome to the East Lake Cafe open since 2003

Located in the East Lake Woodlands Shopping Plaza across from Boot Ranch.

    • Designated the "Best Breakfast in Palm Harbor" - Breakfast available until 3 pm daily
    • Serves the freshest, healthiest, finest foods 362 days a year
    • Ample outside seating and pet friendly
    • Weekly food channel quality specials, as well as, their extensive eclectic menu
    • Honors all dietary requests and substitutions are the norm
    • Breads baked fresh daily and fresh whole foods
    • It has been said that the "East Lake Cafe Sets the Bar for Breakfast & Lunch in all of Pinellas County"
                                              

  

 Exceptional service staff

Professional Chefs

Every dish is made to order

Come taste the difference at the East Lake Cafe'

Hours


Sunday to Saturday 7:00am-3:00pm 


Closed only 3 Days

Thanksgiving
Christmas

New Years Day


East Lake Cafe'
3430 East Lake Road Suite #3
Palm Harbor, Florida 34685
Phone 727-772-0707
Fax 727-772-0372
pergola1021@yahoo.com

 

 

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Most recent Write up
East Lake Café – A Memorable Meal at an Everyday Price
By Dara Tucker

My mom and I were looking for a bite to eat before we spent the afternoon running errands together.  It seems rare these days that we get an afternoon together, so we didn’t want to rush through fast food, but we also didn’t want to wait forever for service.  Even though we’ve both lived in the area for decades, neither of us had ever eaten at East Lake Café’ before.  It was a beautiful day outside, with the sun shining brightly on the corner of Eastlake Woodlands Shopping Plaza.  It seemed there couldn’t be a better time to try the local favorite we’ve heard so much about, East Lake Café.  We decided eating alfresco, with umbrella tabletops surrounded by tropical foliage, would be the perfect choice.

We met the owner Peter Pergola, who has owned and operated the restaurant since he opened it in July 2003. East Lake Café will celebrate its 11th anniversary this July. You couldn’t imagine a friendlier restaurant owner than Peter, and his personality no doubt contributes to the attentive staff at East Lake Café; many them have been there since the restaurant opened.  In celebration of ten great years, he wanted to do something special to show his appreciation to the many patrons who make East Lake Café their favorite eatery so he made a few updates renovating with new paint and furnishings including new tables and chairs - a much different look from 10 years ago!
 
Peter has extensive experience in the food service industry, including owning and operating Rocky Point Food Service for 10 years in Tampa prior to opening East Lake Café.  He held several directorships in high profile establishments such as the Museum of Natural History, the Met Museum, the Metropolitan Opera House and United Nations. I was in awe when Peter said he also held a management position at the famous Tavern on the Green in New York City.

Peter is quick to give credit for the success of his restaurant to his dedicated staff and chefs who create distinctive and delicious dishes. Peter says, “We have been blessed with honest, hardworking and caring individuals who adhere to the high standards of our operation.  Their friendly smiles and strong customer service attribute to the great success of the cafe.  Many have been with us since the beginning.”

Describing the food as delicious is an understatement.  Dishes such as the Mediterranean Egg White Omelet with fresh spinach, grilled eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes and homemade hummus, could easily sell at a four star restaurant – for a much higher price. 

If you like a sweeter breakfast (or lunch!) you must try the East Lake Café’s version of French Toast, the egg batter seasoned with vanilla, cream, orange juice and cinnamon – it is so yummy!  You can top it with banana peanut butter and Nutella, or how about the Foster Toast Double Dipped, which has two thick slices stuffed with a delicate fruity cream cheese topped with bananas foster and fresh strawberries! 
 
When you come in for lunch I recommend one of East Lake Café’s sandwiches which are made with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses.  The French Dip Panini is a new twist on a classic – the pressed Panini melts the provolone cheese and is served with au jus for dipping.  The Chicken Salad Croissant is flaky to the touch and compliments the honey mustard, alfalfa sprouts and almonds, making it another delicious choice.
 If you leave East Lake Café without having a dessert, you’re doing your taste buds a disservice.  Desserts at East Lake Café are not just taken from the freezer, but freshly baked.  Nomeda Baronas, owner of Cakes by Nomeda, makes the café’s desserts and specialty cakes.  Nomeda is from Lithuania, and is a master of the patisserie craft.  She has been sculpting unique and delicious cakes and desserts for over twenty years.  East Lake Café can arrange specialty cakes for weddings, receptions and parties through Nomeda.
 
The quality of East Lake Café’s food is amazing. Their use of top ingredients and made-to-order food makes it easy to understand why East Lake Café has so many daily regulars.  Naturally a demand for catering grew from their customers.  They can cater your private functions either on or off the premises. Wedding and baby showers are commonly held right at the restaurant, and they also cater to community groups, local schools and businesses. Their chefs and Peter’s talented wife, Angela, utilize their culinary skills to customize any catering to your tastes, themes and preferences with a personal touch.        
 
When you’re looking for a memorable meal at an everyday price, stop by East Lake Café’ in East Lake Woodlands Shopping Plaza.  You can enjoy a beautiful Florida day on their lush (pet friendly) outside eating area or relax inside.  Either way the food and service will make you understand why so many locals are regulars.
East Lake Cafe' is open seven days a week, 7 a.m. –3 p.m.  Come see Peter and his staff at the corner of East Lake Woodlands Shopping Plaza, 3430 East Lake Road Suite #3 in Palm Harbor.  If you have any questions about catering, please call 727-772-0707 or email Peter at pergola1021@
yahoo.com.

This year was our 10 year celebration (july is our 11th anniversary) even though business is great without laying out any capital expenditures we decided that it was time to renovate with new paint. new furniture pieces including the front desk, some wall reconstruction and now new tables & chairs - a much different look from 10 years ago!
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