Community Favorite, East Lake Café, Serves Up Breakfast and Lunch to Please Everyone!

Published on 30 November -1 in Dining
Katie Cammardella (author)

Katie Cammardella


East Lake Café has been serving up delicious, fresh and filling foods since 2003 in the East Lake Woodlands Shopping Center. Owned and operated by Peter Pergola, East Lake Café is a longtime favorite of the East Lake community due to consistently excellent food, generous portions, affordable prices and a friendly atmosphere with attentive service. East Lake Café is the perfect dining atmosphere for everyone in your dining party - families, young professionals, seniors and kids love this superb eatery that always greets guests with a smile and a delectable meal!

East Lake Café is a family establishment, where everyone is welcome to come share in a great meal indoors or on the outdoor patio. Peter recently remodeled the outdoor seating area, which is pet friendly, offers plenty of shade and has umbrellas, tropical foliage and great music. Elizabeth S. says, “Geez, this food is so good! They have daily specials every day that are so creative and delicious. There's usually two breakfast specials and two lunch specials, and I sometimes want to order breakfast for lunch or lunch for breakfast because they just sound so yummy. We like their outdoor patio because we bring our dog, and they are super accommodating. They even make him his own breakfast (scrambled eggs). Love this place!”

At East Lake Café you are sure to find your favorite dish and everything is cooked to order so if you decide to change things up a bit, no problem! The entire menu is offered all day, that’s right, the entire breakfast menu all day! The wait staff is friendly, efficient and dedicated to building relationships with their customers. As a matter of fact, Peter attributes the café’s success to his dedicated, loyal staff. All of the café’s key staff members have been with Peter since 1993.

 Breakfast Time All The Time!

The breakfast menu at East Lake Café is filled with so many delicious choices that it may be hard to decide, but you can enjoy a Mimosa or Bloody Mary while you ponder the delectable choices. From breakfast combos to perfectly cooked Omelettes, and a build it yourself Pancake/Waffle/French Toast menu - the options are endless at East Lake Café! 

Happy customer L.C. says, “I loved this Café, it has a great ambience! Everything looked and smelled delicious, too. I had the southwest breakfast wrap and I couldn't have asked for a better dish. All the ingredients were extra fresh and the wrap itself had the right crisp to it. We also had the sweetest and most attentive waitress named Ashley - definitely 5-star service!!! Will definitely recommend to any of my friends or family that visit the area!”

 Some delicious Breakfast Combos include the 2+2+2 (eggs your way and pancakes with choice of smoked bacon, or ham or sausage), Eggs with Corned Beef Hash and N.Y. Strip & Eggs, to name a few. If you’re eating lighter - egg whites are available upon request and they are not substitutes - these are real deal egg whites!

Omelet Favorites include: the healthy and spicy Mediterranean Egg White Omelet (with hummus, ricotta, fresh mozzarella and pita bread); the Signature Omelet (comprised of smoked Scottish salmon with capers, red onion and cream cheese); and the Garden Variety (with asparagus, spinach, mushrooms, tomato). Other Omelet choices are Florentine, Italian, Greek, Western and Frittata, or imagine your own omelet and the kitchen will create it for you!

Love Pancakes, French Toast or Waffles?

East Lake Café allows you to customize your own stack, so you can get exactly what you want! From plain Golden Pancakes and Healthy Multigrain Pancakes loaded with granola, raisins, bananas, and walnuts to Texas-Toast style French Toast and Waffles - you can add a variety of fruits, nuts, syrups, etc. to complete your favorite sweet breakfast. Gluten Free Pancakes and Waffles are also available!

Coffee lovers will delight in the delicious locally roasted Kahwa Coffee, straight from St. Petersburg. East Lake Café also has Barney’s Coffee in Santa's White Christmas! Don't forget to try East Lake Cafés Espresso favorites which include Cappuccino, Latte, Mochaccino, Vanilla Cappuccino and even a delectable Irish Coffee (proof of age required)!

Lunch Time at East Lake Café is for Community! 

Lunch at East Lake Café is sure to have something for everyone. From sandwiches and wraps to salads, burgers and weekly specials  - East Lake Café has one of the best lunches around according to the East Lake community. Proudly using Boar’s Head meats (including their thick cut Applewood Bacon/Sausage Patties) and cheeses, East Lake Café sandwiches and wraps taste amazing. With at least 20 delicious choices, it’s impossible to name them all but a few to whet your appetite are: Chicken Ciabatta, Black Angus Burger selections or house-made Turkey Burger, Pressed Cuban, Chicken Salad Croissant, Muffalata, Reuben, Chicken Quesadilla and Roast Turkey Wrap. 

Salads are fresh and bursting with flavor. Salad choices include East Lake Chef, Honey-Mustard Chicken, Greek, Grilled Chicken Caprese, Spinach, Mediterranean, Chicken Cobb, International (fresh hummus, ricotta, avocado, sundried tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, tomatoes and grilled pita), and the Cashew Poppy Chicken.

For the heartiest of appetites, entrées include Country Fried Steak with Gravy, Fish & Chips, Grilled Chicken Breast, Jumbo Gulf Shrimp (grilled, blackened OR Cajun ), Today’s Catch (blackened, grilled or Cajun), Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wings and N.Y. Strip Steak. All sandwiches and entrees come with sides that include house-made soups, Turkey Chili, house-made salad sides, pineapple cole slaw, potato salad, pasta salad and much more. 

East Lake Café offers Food Network style specials that change weekly on Saturday. Besides the non-alcoholic beverage choices - you can enjoy bottled beers, Mimosas, Bloody Marys (other vodka selections), Mai Tai’s, Mojitos, Cosmopolitans and Margaritas.

After lunch, try one of East Lake Cafés sweet and tasty desserts that include individual sized Carrot Cake and Molten Lava Chocolate Cake!

Catering to the Community! 

East Lake Café is available for parties every evening. There is ample seating inside to accommodate 70 guests plus the outdoors patio dining that sparkles with candlelight. You and your guests will relax and enjoy a fully catered event, whether it is light fare or a full-course meal. Peter will help you choose a menu that will perfectly satisfy your guests. Whether you need breakfast, lunch or dinner catered, East Lake Café can handle your needs with grace, dignity and ease, giving you time to enjoy your guests.

Since opening, East Lake Café has worked with local and surrounding area schools to cater Back to School, End of Year, Teacher Appreciation and other events to celebrate the dedicated teachers and hard working staff of our community. East Lake Café supports local organizations F.E.A.S.T. and Metropolitan Ministries to help feed to poor and hungry around Tampa Bay. The East Lake Café team contributes 100 plus sandwiches a month around Tampa to the poor in partnership with Boar's Head and St. Armand's Bakery.

East Lake Café is a place dedicated to serving the community. Whether it be through delicious food, offering a place for gatherings or feeding the hungry - the East Lake Café team serves our community with great respect, great food and great service!

East Lake Café is located at 3430 East Lake Rd, Suite #3 in Palm Harbor. Hours are Sunday – Saturday, 7 AM – 3 PM. For more information, call 727-772-0707 or visit online at EastLakeCafé.com for events, menus and specials.


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