Story by Morgan Fliss

East Lake Café, located in the East Lake Woodlands Shopping Center, has been providing customers with delicious food since their doors opened in 2003. 

A family-friendly atmosphere, tasty menu items, and a 4.5-star rating on Google make East Lake Café a favorite among local customers in the area. The café is owned and operated by Peter Pergola, who strives to make a fresh and delicious meal for everyone!

East Lake Cafe is a family establishment and welcomes everyone to enjoy one of their freshly made meals that are cooked from scratch right after you order. 

The café recently remodeled its vast outdoor patio space so everyone can savor their meal inside or outside. The outdoor seating area is pet friendly and has an array of umbrellas to provide plenty of shaded areas as well as music to keep you entertained while you eat!

East Lake Café serves a variety of breakfast and lunch items, so everyone is sure to find something to enjoy! 

Every dish is cooked to order and can be customized to meet your individual requirements, so allergies and food sensitivities can always be accommodated. 

The breakfast menu at East Lake Café is filled with so many tasty options that deciding what to eat may be the hardest part of your visit. With so many delectable and affordable choices, even the pickiest eater is sure to find something for them. Their breakfast menu is available all day, so you can enjoy this delicious menu whenever you chose. From breakfast combos to amazing omelets, and a build it yourself Pancake/Waffle/French Toast menu- the array of options is endless!

Some of the delicious Breakfast combos include the 2+2+2 (eggs your way and pancakes with your choice of smoked bacon, ham or sausage), eggs with corned beef hash, and N.Y Strip and Eggs to name a few. Egg whites are available upon request.

If you are someone who loves pancakes, waffles, and French toast, East Lake Café is the place to go! They allow you to customize your own stack, so you are sure to get precisely what you want! The café not only has tasty golden pancakes, but they also have healthy multigrain pancakes that are loaded with granola, raisins, bananas, and walnuts, just to name a few. They also make fresh Texas-style French toast and waffles where you can add an array of fruit, nuts, and syrup to complete your perfect breakfast. As well as all this, gluten-free pancakes and waffles are also available upon request. 

One customer complimented the fantastic breakfast menu by saying, “Best breakfast in town, from the owner, Peter, to his awesome staff. The food is fresh, healthy, and delicious. I have been to many places, and they make the best omelets in town!”

With locally roasted Kahwa coffee, straight from St. Petersburg, coffee lovers are sure to enjoy East Lake Café! All coffee is freshly brewed, ensuring that you have the best cup. Don’t forget to try East Lake Cafes Espresso favorites, which include Cappuccino, Latte, Mochaccino, Vanilla Cappuccino, and even Irish Coffee. 

On top of all these fantastic breakfast items, East Lake Café has a full lunch menu! The menu has a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, burgers, and more! Some of the delicious menu items offered are Chicken Ciabatta, Black Angus Burgers (which can be substituted for a turkey burger upon request), Pressed Cuban, Chicken Salad Croissant, Muffalata, Reuben, Chicken Quesadillas and Roast Turkey Wraps, to name a few. All sandwiches and entrees come with a side of your choice, which includes house-made soups, Turkey chili, Side Salads, Pineapple Cole Slaw, Potato Salad or Pasta Salad!

As well as all the sandwich and wrap options, the café offers a plethora of flavorful salads! All salads are made using fresh ingredients, and toppings can be adjusted to exactly what you want. Some of their delicious salad options are 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. 

Some other entrée choices include Country Fried Steak with Gravy, Fish and Chips, Grilled Chicken Breast, Jumbo Gulf Shrimp, Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wings, and N.Y Strip Steak. For adults over 21, the café offers bottled beers, Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, Mai Tai’s, Mojitos, Cosmopolitans, and Margaritas as well as nonalcoholic beverages for everyone. 

After lunch, customers can try East Lake Café’s sweet and tasty desserts that include individual-sized Carrot Cake or Molten Lava Chocolate Cake. 

“[The café] has the best brunch in Tampa Bay! I have been coming to the East Lake Café for over 15 years, and every time I eat here, it is always stellar service, a delicious brunch, and a very comfortable environment that is pet friendly and where you always feel like family! Quality and service is number one here. Peter Pergola has instilled a tremendous presence in North Pinellas that has been a foundation for East Lake’s constant growth,” a happy customer says.

East Lake Café also caters to the community and is available for parties every evening. Once the café is back to full capacity again, the café can accommodate about 70 guests between indoor and outdoor seating. Peter will work with you to help you chose a menu that is sure to satisfy every guest. 

Since opening, East Lake Café has worked and supported local and surrounding area schools to cater to “Back-to-School,” End of Year, Teacher Appreciation, and other events to celebrate the dedicated teachers and the hard-working staff of our community. 

East Lake Café also proudly supports local organizations such as F.E.A.S.T. and Metropolitan Ministries to help feed to poor and hungry around Tampa Bay. 

As of today, the Cafe is open to 100% seating outside for guests and their pets and 50% seating capacity inside (which is about 33 people). Every table is at least six feet apart to ensure social distancing guidelines.

Peter and the friendly and caring staff at East Lake Cafe are taking extra precautions to ensure the restaurant is entirely safe and immaculately clean for every customer that walks through the doors.

All staff members are required to wear a mask and gloves, and every table is thoroughly sanitized before and after every customer seats. People that show virus-like symptoms should stay home and be mindful of others. Your safety and satisfaction are of utmost importance for everyone at this neighborhood gem.

“We are getting a great response from our regulars and new visitors, and we are delighted that we can re-open and continue serving our community. We want to ensure that all safety methods and guidelines are being followed to keep everyone safe”, Peter said. 

The restaurant is currently back to operating under their normal hours. They are open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. all seven days of the week. Stop in today to taste the fantastic food that is loved by the East Lake community!

The East Lake Café is located at 3430 East Lake Rd, Suite #3, in Palm Harbor. For more information, call 727-772-0707 or visit online at EastLakeCafe.com for events, menus, and specials