Just down South Orlando Avenue in Winter Park, The Glass Knife might be overlooked by anyone driving, but taking that extra few seconds to notice it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made when looking for the perfect breakfast/brunch spots for my Sunday mornings. This marvelous European-inspired bakery opens at 8AM everyday to push out it’s beloved doughnuts and pastries. When I say push, I mean push. There are times this place is already sold out in house from all of the online orders they get in the mornings, it’s THAT good.
Owner and Story
The man behind all of the breakfasty-goodness is Steve Brown, founder and CEO of accesso, a global technology company in the area. Steve successfully created a neighborhood feeling bakery intertwined with the demanding voice of modernity. What I mean is, eating the food here feels like someone’s mom made it every time, yet the vibe throughout the building is “This is new and it’s cool and we already know you love it.”
In an interview with Winter Park Magazine, Brown states “I wanted an approachable version of a European bakery. In Paris, the baked goods are beautiful, but they don’t always taste good. I wanted to blend that European flair with sensible Southern hospitality.”
This was intense to read after being in the Glass Knife myself because that sentence completely sums up the ambiance, it’s easy to tell how much thought, error and new thought went into it before its opening. Another important thing to remember is Steve is a veteran of Walt Disney World Food Service as well, and it shows. One day I believe we could see The Glass Knife in Disney Springs! Consider it prophecy fulfilled, Steve!
Before going in for the first time, I was told on multiple occasions to try the avocado toast. I was suspicious because how good could avocado toast be, right? I took my chances and immediately understood the hype. It wasn’t as easy to eat as your typical avo-toast, it was decorated like no other! Wheat bread stacked with arugula, homemade tomato jam, egg, with pickled red onions and lemon creme fraiche. *Chef’s kiss*
Aside from breakfast sandwiches, artisanal salads and top notch coffee, The Glass Knife also has a bar on site with a few IPA beer options, a few “housemade concoctions” like the Herb Sparkling Wine with mint, thyme, rosemary and lavender (10/10 would order again.) and a variety of other dark and white wines.
Versatility is a word that comes to mind here. Not only is this the perfect quick stop place before work in the mornings, it’s also the perfect place to celebrate a promotion with an elegant slice of cake and wine. It’s where to take the new employee to share plans for the future, it’s the place in the middle of you and mom, it’s for family, it’s for friends, it’s for everyone.
Come in and celebrate at The Glass Knife.The Orlando Real on