Brunch is the common ground between two dissimilar realms, similar to Texarkana or When Harry Met Sally. Salute compromise with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American breakfast and lunch fare at East Lake Cafe in Palm Harbor.
East Lake Cafe’s menu teems with classic American breakfast and lunch recipes, including a deluge of egg dishes, griddle-cooked creations, sandwiches, and salads. Greet the day with a freshly glued-on mustache and a plate of california eggs benedict, flanked with grilled garlic tomatoes and fresh avocado slices ($8.50), or multigrain pancakes sprinkled with granola, raisins, bananas, and cinnamon ($6.95). A diverse lineup of crêpes, breakfast wraps, and omelettes keeps ingredients safely bundled up and protected from ravenous giraffes roaming East Lake Cafe's pet-friendly patio seating area. Meanwhile, the café spans the globe with its voluminous lunchtime offerings, such as the greek salad with feta cheese, pepperoncini, olives, and balsamic vinaigrette ($8.50), and the turkey burger topped with brie on an emperor-mollifying kaiser roll ($8.50).
East Lake Cafe
Though he spent years in directorial positions at New York City's American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Metropolitan Opera, Peter Pergola always felt that his passion truly lay in the creation of food. In 2003, Peter harnessed that epicurean love with his 10 years of Tampa food-service experience. And, since East Lake Cafe's inception, he and his family have worked to introduce a range of clientele to his eatery and its welcoming outdoor patio, where clay-top tables sit surrounded by tropical plants and umbrellas that keep food safe from any ravenous paratroopers. Inside the patio's island-like atmosphere, the Pergola family maintains an open invitation to pets, adding to the emphasis on maintaining familiarity with regulars and with those who soon may be.
Peter's menu blends casual American-style recipes with Mediterranean flavors, which influence everything from his gourmet burgers to his seafood dishes and all-day breakfast offerings. When it comes time for dessert, exquisitely presented baked goods from affiliate Cakes by Nomeda make the plates they're served on feel underdressed. The Lithuanian-born dessertier fashions each of her aesthetically pleasing edibles using ideas from her European bakery training, decorating each using her experience doing makeup for cake impersonators. Each dish tops off meals with a sweet element that combines thoughtful flavor with art, making them pair particularly well with Peter's savory creations.
3430 E Lake Rd.
Palm Harbor, Florida 34685Get Directions