Votes came in hot for the best coffee shops and cafes in Manatee County, and based on your favorites, we’ve listed the top five to let you decide who’s number one. While McDonald’s, Racetrack and Starbucks were a popular option, we’re narrowing it down to local businesses to choose a winner. Show your support for small business owners, bakers and baristas by voting in the second round of our best coffee in Manatee County poll. Voting runs through noon Tuesday, Feb. 15.
ATRIA BREAD + COFFEE CAFE
Location: 4120 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.
Neighborhood: Lakewood Ranch, LWR
Beyond the brew: Atria Bread + Coffee is owned and operated by a husband and wife duo, Jim and Weyli Angus. They opened their restaurant with the vision of being the heart of the Lakewood Ranch community, a place where people can come to eat and connect. Atria’s concept of combining fresh-made artisan bread and specialty coffee is unique. The cafe’s “not coffee” menu includes Indigo lemonade, matcha latte and chrysanthemum tea. Bread and pastries like the Ube sweet roll, Obligatory avocado toast, and ham and brie on rosemary bread can be found on their food menu.
TENTH STREET COFFEE
Location: 1810 10th St W, Palmetto
Neighborhood: West Palmetto Riverside, Snead Island
Beyond the brew: Tenth Street Coffee is a community and faith-based shop serving organic coffee beans sourced by local farmers from around the world. Tenth Street Coffee was created to fill a void caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Owners missed seeing people from around town, church and football games so, they opened this shop to bring people together again.
KEFI STREETSIDE CAFE
Location: Walk-up window, 1201 6th Ave W, Bradenton
Neighborhood: Downtown, West Bradenton
Beyond the brew: Kefi Streetside Cafe owned by Eleni Sokos and Jason Simpson offers Mediterranean-influenced coffee and cuisine that will send your tastebuds on a trip. Spanakopita, honey-pistachio scone and a cherry cheese danish are featured on the menu. Coffee drink creations like espresso soda, drip coffee and caramel apple cold brew can help kick start your day.
AMERICAN HONEY CREAMERY AND COFFEE CO.
Location: 4919 96th St E, Palmetto
Neighborhood: Ellenton, Parrish, Buffalo Creek
Beyond the brew: Coffee, tea and ice cream too, American Honey Creamery started as a homemade ice cream truck then grew. Owners and sisters Mindy and Ali Converse shop menu is full of cream and sure to please. Pick up a Mudslinger latte made with Nutella and espresso, or a Maple leaf latte with pure maple syrup and browned butter.
CREMESH COFFEE AND BAKERY
Location: 1822 59th St W, Bradenton
Neighborhood: West Bradenton
Beyond the brew: Cremesh Coffee and Bakery is an extension of Cremesh European restaurant, and Chef Pavel Hasenohrl and his wife, Tracy Hasenohrl, are the owners. Need more than hot coffee to start your morning? The shop’s bakery has European-style muffins, cakes or pastries made with non-GMO ingredients.