Kolaches are iconic in Central Texas. While the word kolaches usually indicates sweet, fruit-filled pastries, for most, it has merged with the savory version klobasnek, which simply means “meat-stuff” in Texas. In fact, although this treat has its roots as a Czech pastry, over the generations, this edible delight has evolved to mean “breakfast food.” Generally served alongside donuts and breakfast tacos, you can find these pillows of flavor almost anywhere, but they aren’t good everywhere. To help you avoid the sub-par variety, here are some places where you should try them out.
Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches is an Austin, family-owned and operated kolache bakery, taproom, and craft beer shop. Here, kolaches are made by Jasmine Jones who elevates them to gourmet status by integrating local, seasonal fruit and Micklethwait Craft Meats into the mix. In fact, the kolaches here may be the star of the show, compared to most others in the city.
Kerlin BBQ is a no-frills joint that has seen success by keeping it simple, yet special. It may have started out as a barbecue joint, but the brisket kolaches have taken on a life of their own. In fact, they have now opened a separate trailer dedicated exclusively to kolaches. They are only open a few days a week until they run out, so plan ahead, or make sure you get your share by pre-ordering.
There are no frills about this donut shop either. Family-run, this palace of donuts, tacos, and kolaches resides in an off-the-beaten-path neighborhood where you have to know what you’re looking for to find it. Once you arrive, however, expect to be greeted like a long-time friend and stay for a conversation. Just make sure you arrive early before they sell out.
Although known for their cakes and pastries, this little, tucked-away shop has a small selection of kolaches. Both sweet and savory, you can tell that the limited selection was curated and is currently maintained with love.
In an unassuming strip mall is the Donut Taco Palace. With nothing much aesthetically to recommend it, the owners of this mom-and-pop joint decided to make themselves noteworthy with their food. And they succeeded. Consistently written up as having some of the best sausage, egg, and cheese kolaches in the city, it’s worth the journey down to South Austin to try some.
Although most kolache and donut shops are open in the morning, Mrs. Johnson’s takes a different approach to this traditional breakfast food. Catering to those with late night cravings, this bakery is open all night long, starting at 7:30 p.m. Although serving mostly donuts, the three kolaches that do make it on the menu are there for a reason. They’re absolutely delicious.