The Humble Kolache – Czech Meets Texan
I love Kolaches. I didn’t know that until I moved to Texas. More accurately, I didn’t know it until I had a project in Dallas and was commuting by car up to Dallas on a regular basis with a colleague – and stopping at the Czech Stop, in West, Texas.
I didn’t think too much about Kolaches except as a fun treat to save for road trips from Austin to Dallas. But over the years I’ve seen more and more Kolaches here – in pretty much every doughnut shop, but also in other Czech-oriented bakeries around the state.
When I saw this article about the state of the Kolache, and like the author, I think the fact that a Czech pastry has been adopted so wholeheartedly by Texans is just a great example of how great food works its way into the American palate. There’s an inherent experimentation here with basic food staples – Chili, tacos, burgers, fries, chips, salsa, anything deep fried (at the Texas State Fair) – add the Kolache to the list. And the article does a fantastic job of talking about the slow process of discovery and incorporation. But somehow they wrote the whole article without referencing The Czech Stop – a place with 4.5 stars on Yelp and over 313 reviews – by far most of them for 5 stars.
I, for one, welcome our new Kolache overlords.