I have learned one thing doing reviews in and around Orlando, DO NOT judge a book by its cover. When you arrive at a location, do not worry about how many cars are in the lot, what the sign looks like outside, or even what others are saying online. Focus on the people that serve you, the food you eat, and the reactions of the others around you. This lesson applies when Jason and his family from Orlando Fun and Food had the opportunity to do a full review at Sweet Cafe 1739.
1739? Was that just a random number? No, turns out that is when the owner’s town was founded in Puerto Rico. This family owned and operated restaurant is brand new to the Winter Garden area (They have been open about 6 weeks now), however the owner has had over 16 years experience with bakeries, coffee shops, and sandwiches.
The owner met me with a smile and a story. A story about his business, his love for what he does, and how his son getting a scholarship to UCF brought him and his family to Orlando! I have talked to quite a few owners and chefs but the owner of this restaurant really stood out to me. After spending a few minutes with him I could tell that he really did care about his food, his family, and that he was providing the best food he could!
This restaurant provided some of the best food I have had from a cafe. We started out withfresh fruit smoothies, and my new personal favorite, Nutella Smoothies! (My daughter loved them too) I also had a french vanilla latte, which was coffee done right! Let the flavor of the coffee speak for itself! We also had a sample of the bread selection at Sweet Cafe. The bread is made daily by the owner, and I will say that it was some of the best bread I have ever had! There is a huge difference in how something tastes based on the freshness. There are a huge variety to choose from, but get there early because their bread sells out quick!
The sandwiches were also great! I had a steak sandwich that was rubbed with coffee before grilling on his homemade bread, with some nice crisp vegetables. I paired that with a hot cup of homemade french onion soup. My family also had the tuna melt and the Cuban sandwich, which were all amazing!
Sweet Cafe 1739 also has a huge variety of sweets, pastries, and treats that we didn’t get a chance to try on this visit! The owner’s wife personally makes all the pastries! I hope she can have me in the kitchen and give me some pointers and maybe show me how she makes these amazing pastries! Check back soon for another full review on their dessert section (but look below because I have some pictures to get you excited!)
Overall, this new cafe/restaurant in Winter Garden is a hidden gem! Fresh ingredients, a friendly staff, owner that cares about the quality of food, and that his customers are happy, as well as a huge selection of food makes this place a huge hit! If you like places like Panera, and Earl of Sandwich, then you will love Sweet Cafe 1739! If you do go, make sure to tell them that Jason from Orlando Fun and Food sent you!