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Patisserie European Bakery Caffe

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Lake Mary's Hidden Secret - Patisserie European Bakery Caffe

I've lived in Lake Mary for over 25 years, and thought I knew about most of the culinary treats that are offered in the area. I'm embarrassed to say that I've missed out on one of the best lunch and breakfast caffè's in the area these past few years; Patisserie European Bakery Caffè.

Nestled in a shopping center off of International Parkway is a quaint little caffè that does it all. Pastries, Coffee, Espresso, Macchiato, Breakfast, Lunch consisting of sandwiches, soups, salads... Like I said: a quaint little caffè that does it all. You might be wondering why I'm spelling caffè with two F's though. That's because this is a caffè with a European flavor to it. I'm not talking about the European flavor you'd get from a chain restaurant that is attempting to be European. I'm talking about the type of authenticity that is rare and derived from an actual European family that works hard to deliver amazing food and friendly service.

My experience started with a bang, as I was greeted by the smell of fresh pastries and a warm, friendly smile from behind the counter. The lunch special was a pressed chicken flat with swiss, tomato and onion, served with a choice of fresh tomato basil soup or a salad. I had chosen the side salad with a delectable raspberry dressing. After ordering I sat at one of the very comfy tables and proceeded to pull out my laptop in order to work on a bit of the magazine for our first issue. Upon seeing it, one of the owner's (Elsa) immediately came over and handed me a code for the wi-fi. What a pleasant surprise that was! I was able to spend about 5 minutes working before the food was graciously presented, again with a smile. While I ate, I saw at least six other people come in to the Caffè and great the owners by their first names. That's the type of service that you just don't find much of in today's fast-paced economy. The Grilled Chicken Flat was a big enough portion to please a man of about 6', 200lbs, yet I didn't feel as if I had eaten the whole restaurant and needed to go back to the office for a nap. Oh. It was also delicious! The raspberry vinaigrette was also a great addition to an extremely fresh and green, leafy side salad served with tomatoes and cucumbers. The whole meal just worked well together and left me completely satisfied with the experience. It was healthy, yet hardy and natural, yet delectable. I can't wait to try some of the pastries next!

If you work or live in the Lake Mary/Heathrow area, be sure to visit Patisserie European Caffee for a pleasurably different lunch or breakfast experience and skip some of the larger, more expensive, less appreciative, and certainly less delicious restaurants in the area. They are located at 1541 International Parkway and are open for breakfast and lunch, with hours between 7am and 5pm, Monday through Sunday.

Patisserie European Bakery Caffè

1541 International Parkway

Phone: 407-333-2777

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