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Thank you Yelp for helping me discover this GEM! I agree with the other reviewers about how amazing this place is! It is top notch in terms of taste, freshness and authenticity. Their pies are amazing - spanokopita, meat pie and bougatsa. I did not try the tiropita however I am sure that it is equally amazing. Real greek treats at great prices as well.

Thank you Yelp for helping me discover this GEM! I agree with the other reviewers about how amazing this place is! It is top notch in terms of taste, freshness and authenticity. Their pies are amazing - spanokopita, meat pie and bougatsa. I did not try the tiropita however I am sure that it is equally amazing. Real greek treats at great prices as well.

We met the owner who graciously offered us samples of all the pies, some cookies that just came out of the oven and the most DELICIOUS little cakes.

Will definitely be a repeat customer - remember let's support great businesses like this so they can continue to prosper and be a part of the community.Lisa Z., Palm Harbor, FL

...We didn't find the donuts we were looking for.  What we DID find was a mom-and-pop bakery cleverly disguised by a meticulously clean building, incredibly friendly and professional service, reasonable prices and oh-so-delicious savory AND sweet treats.

When we walked in the first time, we'd been on a journey to find donuts, but Hren's nest was closed, Yelp directed us here. 

There's no way, in a million years, that you would find this little store if it weren't for the reviews or a quick trip to get pizza.   The tiny store in the strip plaza is barely noticeable when you're looking for it!

But take the time to stop in, just the same.  

We didn't find the donuts we were looking for.  What we DID find was a mom-and-pop bakery cleverly disguised by a meticulously clean building, incredibly friendly and professional service, reasonable prices and oh-so-delicious savory AND sweet treats.

Not quite knowing where to start, we asked the girl behind the counter what her favorite (phyllo) pie was. Her response was shocking and brilliant:

"Oh? You've never been here before? Here, TASTE ALL THE THINGS."

She then proceeded to cut up each one of the pies for us to taste.  We ended up buying one of each and some baklava for a grand total of $13

The Pies:

Meat: Tastes very similar to a sophisticated Sloppy Joe.
Spinach: A perfectly delicious spanakopita.
Custard: Wow! I have never had something like this so I have no basis of comparison, but it was basically a warm custard in phyllo dough sprinkled with powdered sugar.

The Baklava: 

As to be expected.  Sticky, dense, way too sweet for my tastes, unfortunately, but not in any way a failure on the treats part, but rather my own palate.  It was perfectly executed, although served with a plastic knife and fork seems a bit absurd. 

We were stuffed. Beyond stuffed, really.  I thought I as going to die.  No, really. 

... we went back the very next morning, promptly at 7am when they open. We're masochists. Izzy G., Clearwater, FL

You have never had such amazing food in your life! This place is awesome! It definitely is a hidden gem.

You have never had such amazing food in your life! This place is awesome! It definitely is a hidden gem. We need to spread the word though, because this kind of awesomeness is made to be shared!! I had a Cuban, and it was the best one!! Home roasted pork and ham. No lunch meat for them! The spinach pie & Bogatsa (custard filling) are both a pure delight. Treat yourself to some homemade, awesome food. Stop here and then spread the word!P D., Clearwater, FL

Stopping by on a slow afternoon, and you just might get to chat with the owner, who represents at least 3 generations of bakery operation prowess going back to Greece itself.  This family knows Greek bakeries, and it shows in every bite.

Drew Street in Clearwater is known for good many excellent Mexican taquerias.

But the best kept secret is Manos Bakery.

WOW.
What a great find

The spinach and custard pie (or whatever it's called) is off the charts here.

Stopping by on a slow afternoon, and you just might get to chat with the owner, who represents at least 3 generations of bakery operation prowess going back to Greece itself.  This family knows Greek bakeries, and it shows in every bite.

That conversation alone is worth the time to stop.  
But I challenge you to just enter the door, 
smell the goodies and walk out empty handed.

I dare you.
Double dog dare you.

Atmosphere:  5
Service:  5
Food:   5
Value:   5

When I get to heaven, I want to live in Manos' neighborhood, because eating here on Earth too often would explode my waistline.Rich D., Clearwater, FL

I will definitely be back to this wonderful bakery where everything is homemade and made with love and pride.

I have to admit, I wouldn't have found this place on my own but I frequently check out Rich's profile to see where he's been. He has a knack of finding the hidden gems especially in Clearwater.   When I saw that he's checked into Manos 2x recently, I had to check it out. 

Manos is located in a small strip center on the corner of Hercules and drew street (there is a westshore pizza in same shopping center).  Upon entering I immediately fell in love-the smells, the menu board, the pastries on display and the warmth and friendliness of the owner and cashier. 

They immediately offered me a sampling of their spinach pie and a cheese like phylo pie-sold!  Ill take one of each. Their tempting displays were like a force I couldn't conquer.  "Here try this"!  Yep ill take a container of those heavenly cookies. 

Manos offers sandwiches and salads too, unfortunately I couldn't get past the goodies on display. 

I will definitely be back to this wonderful bakery where everything is homemade and made with love and pride. Kelleigh M., Tampa, FL
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