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Texas transplant seeks kolaches

mordacity Jun 1, 2007 03:51 PM

They're all over the place in Texas, but no one's even heard of them in DC. Does anyone know of a place in the DC area that serves my favorite breakfast?

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    Steve RE: mordacity Jun 1, 2007 07:35 PM

    Well, I've heard of kolaches, and I'm probably not the only one. It's a stuffed bread. At La Prima, in 2000 Penn, they are a soft roll stuffed with a small sausage. I hope the ones you get in Texas are bettter, because the ones at La Prima are nothing to go ape over.

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      mmmbacon RE: mordacity Jun 2, 2007 08:23 AM

      Hi there! Kolaches to me are a potato dough pastry usually filled with fruit (an apricot and prune mixture is my favorite) and dusted with powdered sugar. Is this what you're looking for?

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        mordacity RE: mmmbacon Jun 2, 2007 07:21 PM

        Yes! Though I also like the sausage-filled kind.

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        Warthog RE: mordacity Jun 3, 2007 07:47 AM

        Cue the Homer Simpson voice! "Mmmmm... kolaches... OOOOOOooooooooohhhhhh"

        I'm not even from Texas, but a couple stops just outside of Fort Hood (West, Texas?) and on the road between Austin and Houston while visiting friends got me hooked for life.

        Down there, the saying was "We gotcha kolaches!", but if you find some place up here that has good ones, I sure want to check them out!

        It may be time for "culinary geography". Find a Czech neighborhood, and you may find a local bakery that serves kolaches. Even a church with a predominantly Czech congregation might do a kolache fundraiser, just as churches with Polish congregants might do pierogis.

        Or if you can't find a Czech bakery, maybe other nationalities from the same region of Europe might have slight variants called by other names.

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          mehmig RE: mordacity Jun 3, 2007 12:06 PM

          Cant help you find any, because the only ones I eat are the ones my mom makes. She does a wonderful kolache filled with sweetened walnuts. The best I have ever eaten and she has spoiled me for other so called kolache. I second the idea of a neighborhood church or bakery. That is the only other way I have seen them outside of my moms house.

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            ChiliDude RE: mordacity Jun 3, 2007 12:28 PM

            Boy, can I sympathize with you. The East Coast doesn't know from Czech food. The kolaches and kolackes (I know the spellings are wrong, but my mother didn't teach me how to spell in Czech) I know from Berwyn, IL were pastry. My mother used to bake the small ones filled with povidlova. There is not one Czech restaurant in all of the Philly metroplex. NYC may have one Czech restaurant. You may have to import your Czech delicacies from IL, IA or TX.

            There's a bakery in Berwyn, IL called Vesecky's on Cermak Road. They may ship stuff. Google Vesecky's for the address and telephone number. I've heard of West, TX...2200 people and 4 Czech restaurants. I'm envious. I miss having svickova or koprova for dinner.

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              mmmbacon RE: mordacity Jun 7, 2007 07:36 PM

              My Jewish friend from Slovakia says find a Jewish neighborhood. She suggests starting in Rockville, MD. If I get a specific name of a place, I'll let you know.

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                SYMBEAR72 RE: mordacity Oct 28, 2010 04:09 AM

                I'm feelin ya in the "homesick for all things Texas" . This morning, I placed an inquiry to The Kolache Factory in Houston re: shipping policies & procedures. You should try their website
                They ship to the lower 48.
                Best of luck! SYMBEAR72
                They ship within the lower

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                  ChiliDude RE: SYMBEAR72 Oct 30, 2010 02:33 PM

                  See my post of Jun 03, 2007at this site. Berwyn, IL is a little closer.

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                    James Cristinian RE: SYMBEAR72 Oct 30, 2010 02:55 PM

                    I am not wild about Kolache Factory, I firmly believe you must go 50 miles southwest or west of Houston to get good kolaches. I like the ones at Prasek's in Hilje. They don't mention them for shipping on their website, but if you call and are nice I bet they'll do it.


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                      mordacity RE: SYMBEAR72 Oct 30, 2010 07:40 PM

                      I don't really much care for the Kolache Factory - their dough always seems a little dry to me. I always got my fix at Mornings Kolaches in Clear Lake. Fortunately, since my original post I have learned to make them myself! Homesick Texan has a great recipe (http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/200...). Check out the rest of her site too for more Texas favorites!

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                      ILoveBacon RE: mordacity Nov 2, 2010 12:02 PM

                      While not exactly "DC area", I've gotten sweet and savory kolaches from Kolache House Bakery in Fredericksburg. Since I've never had kolaches before, I can't speak for how they stack up but I found them to be a pretty tasty alternative to danishes.


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