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New breakfast and lunch spot downtown

East Side Café is serving up breakfast and lunch downtown.

They’re touting breakfast sandwiches, Boar’s Head subs, fresh salads, cheesesteaks and burgers. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 159 E. Palmetto Park Road, the former LaStella’s.

The new sandwich shop shares a parking lot with Nail Depot out back.

Restaurateur Todd Weiss is proud of his new venture. He’s known for owning Draft House eateries in Boca and still does food and beverage at Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course.

“We have a lot of regulars already,” general manager Jeff Telford told media diners at a menu sampling. “We have West Boca order breakfast online, pick up and go to their office,” he said.

Their best sellers include avocado toast, tomato and fresh mango on multigrain toast. Seven breakfast sandwiches also come on croissants or bagels that Weiss imports from New York.

Another difference? “We use fresh eggs,” Weiss added.

There’s 10 cold subs and 10 salads, from avocado quinoa with kale to caprese, Greek and cobb. The menu advertises Boar’s Head cold cuts.

As Philadelphians, we could vouch for the East Side Philly cheesesteak made with shaved ribeye with grilled peppers and onions with provolone, served on a hoagie roll.

New to Nutella, we had two big helpings of that acai bowl, one of four, that came with granola, bananas and strawberries.

Customers can order at the counter and sit inside or out under an awning. Go to www.theeastsidecafe.com to order online, see the menu, or call 561-617-1500. They use five delivery services.

East Side Cafe has an extensive catering menu for large groups, corporate meetings and events off-site, Weiss noted.

By Marci Shatzman

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