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THE GREAT KOLACHY HUNT

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MarkG Aug 25, 2006 08:47 PM

we just lost Blackey's Bakery in Nordeast Minneapolis, a major kolachy source. any other kolachy bakers in the Twin Cities or anywhere in Minnesota or ANYWHERE IN THE MIDWEST???

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  1. The Dairy Queen RE: MarkG Aug 25, 2006 09:05 PM

    There's this reply in the one dish wonder thread:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    ~TDQ

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      KTFoley RE: MarkG Aug 25, 2006 09:06 PM

      There is a kolache-as-fast-food joint in the suburbs:

      Kolache Factory
      5711 Xerxes Ave N.
      Brooklyn Center MN 55430
      763-566-3545

      But they're just so-so. I believe I remember having some nice ones at the French Meadow bakery, maybe?

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        Katie Nell RE: KTFoley Aug 25, 2006 09:23 PM

        The Kolache Factory here in Overland Park, KS is just terrible! They are not at all like the ones my Polish baby-sitter used to make!

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          amyzan RE: Katie Nell Dec 20, 2007 07:08 PM

          Katie, I don't know if you saw this already in the Food section of the KCStar last week, but a bakery that makes kolache and bierocks, etc. has opened up in Shawnee. It's called Barb's, on the commercial road that runs between Hilltop Drive and Monticello north off SMP out near K-7, which is probably a good drive for you, but maybe worth it? (Dillon's is the anchor store in the shopping center.) Unfortunately, they're only open until 1 pm, and they only make enough that they intend to sell out, so they recommend calling ahead in the morning and having an order held. I haven't been yet, but am hoping to go before 2008 begins...will report back.

          ETA: I should add this is Shawnee, KS for any Minnesotans reading, sorry.

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            GiGiWy RE: amyzan Dec 22, 2007 07:52 AM

            I wrote about Barb's under "KC - croissants for Christmas" and again today.

      2. bluesman13 RE: MarkG Aug 25, 2006 09:22 PM

        ok, I'll ask.

        What the heck is a kolace? (and is it available on a stick?)

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          Katie Nell RE: bluesman13 Aug 25, 2006 09:42 PM

          No stick! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolache

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          42duffy RE: MarkG Aug 26, 2006 12:51 PM

          if you're this far east...There's an excellent Kolache Bakery in Beaver, Pa. fairly close to Ohio border, north west of Pittsburgh!

          1. AnneInMpls RE: MarkG Aug 26, 2006 05:24 PM

            Blackey's is gone! Oh, woe! I'm weeping and tearing my hair as I type this. It's all Mr. Tastebud's fault - he used to go there every week to get treats for work, but he stopped six months ago (coincidentally, exactly when he started a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet).

            But when Mr. Tastebud saw the pastries at the Scandinavian booth in the Midtown Global Market, he stated that they looked exactly like those from Blackey's. (I seem to be married to a man who can identify the source of any baked good in the Twin Cities, despite his diet!) So, either the baker is working for them, or Blackey's sold the recipes. No kolaches, though - I guess they're not Scandinavian.

            Dare we hope that the kolaches survived?

            Anne

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              Doug RE: MarkG Aug 26, 2006 08:20 PM

              There is a Kolachy Factory in Brentwood, Missouri, just west of St. Louis.

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                p.j. RE: Doug Aug 28, 2006 05:27 PM

                I would not recommend the Kolachy Factory to anyone. I took my daughter there a few months ago for lunch. We wound up throwing away 1/2 of our food, and going up the road to the St. Louis Bread Company for something to eat.
                Please note that we did order the non-meat Kolachys, potato and egg & potato, I think. They were horrible.

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                Paz RE: MarkG Aug 27, 2006 01:44 AM

                When I was a kid we used to get kolaches at Simon's Market in New Prague.

                If you can't find a good a good kolache in NP then we are all in trouble.

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                  repete RE: MarkG Aug 27, 2006 05:19 AM

                  Well in late July every year you can get them at Kolache Days in Montgomery, Minn.

                  1. teamkitty RE: MarkG Aug 27, 2006 04:12 PM

                    My faves are the apricot variety at Jeribek's New Bohemian Bakery in St. Paul. These are the briochey kind, rather than the flatter sort. If you need more than a few - they are snapped up quickly - then you should definitely call in an order the day before. I've had some fine ones in Protovin, IA as well.

                    1. NancyH RE: MarkG Aug 28, 2006 02:08 PM

                      Believe it or not, the bakery operation at Carrie Cerino's restaurant just south of Cleveland makes Kolachky that my Bohemian husband gives a full stamp of approval to! www.carriecerinos.com - I think they will ship.

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                        St Paul Susie RE: MarkG Aug 28, 2006 08:20 PM

                        St Paul - Randolf ave.... pj murphys bakery has decent sweet/apricot ones.... Haven't specifically had a kolachky in years but the rest of their items are much better than average.

                        1. joypirate RE: MarkG Aug 30, 2006 02:52 PM

                          There are plenty in Nebraska, around South Omaha. Cream cheese and poppyseed are my favorite. I'd usually get mine at an annual Czech church festival but I know some places have them regularly. I just saw the Wheatfield's menu and they have some (though I haven't tried them so I can't rate them against the church ladies).

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                            joypirate RE: joypirate Sep 20, 2006 07:05 PM

                            Told you there were lots of kolaches in my home state:

                            http://www.ifoce.com/contests.php?act...

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                            crazycook RE: MarkG Aug 31, 2006 01:40 PM

                            And, since you were near enough to go to Blackey's, you're not far from Kramarczuk's (yes, the (best) sausage/meat shop) and they have kolachy's... I can't vouch for them but guessing from the quality of the majority of their bakery items, they can't be bad. If you're there, be sure to pick up their brat buns (egg bread dough - the best) and, of course, some sausage.

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                              Johnny Rotten RE: MarkG Sep 21, 2006 10:07 PM

                              Kolaches were always a staple at The Wahoo Bakery in Wahoo, NE, though I haven't been there personally in a while, and I think the owner retired in recent years and passed the torch. Their other offerings were fab as well. Grab some Wahoo Wieners while you're in town, too. You won't be disappointed. Unless you don't like wieners.

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                                golney RE: Johnny Rotten Dec 18, 2007 09:43 AM

                                Hmm Wahoo Weiners arent the real thing anymore. They used to be made by the OK Market (Beranek's) and the recipe was sold to someone else. These arent too bad though...

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                                  Johnny Rotten RE: golney Jan 14, 2008 07:49 PM

                                  Yeah, the Beraneks' days were the best, hands down, but I still enjoyed the wieners beyond then. Last time I was in town I saw it was closed. :-(

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                                golney RE: MarkG Dec 18, 2007 09:53 AM

                                Try the bakeries of Wahoo, Nebraska, and teh Czech fest in Wilber NE. Also real Kolache in the towns of West, and Ennis Texas.

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                                  chrisinroch RE: MarkG Dec 19, 2007 11:55 AM

                                  Describe your ideal version of the kolachy. I've seen wildly different versions of them from a small fruit turnover type thing to a raised bun with fruit filling.

                                  BTW, our family always pronounced it ko-lotch-key. Anybody else?

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                                    stymie RE: MarkG Dec 19, 2007 09:51 PM

                                    my slovak gramma made something special for Christmas. Byerlies poppy seed kolachies come pretty close.

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                                      Gastron RE: stymie Dec 20, 2007 08:00 AM

                                      Franke's (kolachy) bakery in Montgomery MN is frozen in the 1940's.High back wooden art deco booths,and old Coke clock on the wall,slanted glass bakery cases full of yeasty goodness...and you may get a chance to chat with Mr. Franke himself,who was born before bread was sliced.

                                      Its worth the trip-buy some to freeze.Stop at Chester Retka's little 3.2 bar a few blocks north at lunch hour for homemade soup and a cheap tap beer...

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