Eli’s cafe is located on US19 in the Rural King plaza. There is a counter in the front and you have to walk down a short hall to get to the dining room. There is a medium sized dining room and they can accommodate decent sized parties.
I don’t think I’ve ever been at a restaurant where the owner was so interactive with customers. It’s like walking into Eli’s living room. Eli greets his customers with a hug or introduces himself with a handshake. Eli and the staff joke with the customers and they tell awesome stories.
While we were there a group of three customers walked in. The man introduced Eli and he started joking around with them. In a short time, Eli had them heartily laughing. The young lady stated “I was wondering why we drove an hour and 15 minutes for breakfast.” They were from Ridge Manor.
The food is excellent. The french fries were unique. It is a long cut of a potato covered in tempura like batter and fried. I could have eaten a dozen. The burger was tasty and the bun was fresh. We also ordered fried shrimp with the default homemade potato chips and pancakes shaped like a water molecule. Eli even provides dessert with the meals and on this day it was chocolate covered brownies.
Eli loves having a restaurant and it shows. He says that he decided to open everyday, since he misses being in the restaurant when he is not there. Eli’s is open Monday through Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. They are located at 2410 Commercial Way. You can call them at (352) 835-7519 or find them on facebook.