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Hi everyone- I will be driving down with my sister from Dallas to Austin next Sunday. Any sites along the route that are must stops? Not looking for anything particular, just wondering if there is some local flavor we shouldn't miss. TIA!

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  1. I always stop at the czech stop in west texas (just north of waco) for kolaches

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    1. re: chrisdds98

      The Czech Bakery in West is very popular, however another thread on the Texas Chow board states that another bakery nearby is supposedly better.

      chowhound.chow.com/topics/90791

      I also like Robertson's Hams in Salado for good beef jerky.

      Monument Cafe in Georgetown is classic home cooking, and there is a great local market next door.

      1. re: karma belle

        I want to put in my recommendation for two kolaches at The Czech Stop that you might not try - the sauerkraut/sausage and the poppyseed. The sauerkraut is actually not very sour and it's a nice, moist meat-type kolache (I've found that some of the plain sausage ones can get a little dry). The poppyseed is very dark and somewhat alarming at first appearance, but it's really good and not as sweet as some of the other fruit ones. It's also different enough that you don't feel like you're just eating a differently-shaped Danish.

      2. re: chrisdds98

        I second the Czech Stop but I haven't tried the other bakery. However, do NOT believe the hype and stop at Collin Street Bakery! The sandwiches there are terrible and the baked goods are nothing special.

        1. re: chocolatemalt

          I second that emotion about Colin Street Bakery. WAY over priced for a sandwich I could have easily made at home and brought with me. I thirdly the vote for Czech Stop.

          1. re: tdombrow

            As far as the Czech Stop goes, my faves are the cream cheese kolache, the apricot and cream cheese kolache and the klobase, cheese and jalapeno klobasniky (sausage kolache basically). I'm drooling thinking about it. I haven't tried the other bakery but these are my fave flavors no matter the place.

            Other than that, the only other stop I like to make is at the Braum's in Hillsboro. I grew up with Braum's so this may be more nostaglia than anything else, but I love their orange sherbert. So if you catch yourself hankering for some orange sherbert while on the road, you might enjoy a cone. Enjoy your trip!

      3. I like Robertson's for ham sandwiches. their ham is dry and tasty and they sell premade sandwiches. They have this pecan brittle from a company in Arkadelphia Arkansas that's really great. It comes in little bags and these buckets.

        I tend to stop at Mikeska's at exit 300 in Temple. They smoke sirloins and it's pretty tasty. Buy a half pound and eat it with their nice homemade bread it's a nice lunch.

        The best fruit kolaches (way better than the West places imo) are at Monica's in Jerrell. Really good bread and tons of fruit. The apricot are great. She makes a prune kolache --the filling is black-- strange to me but real tasty. It's one side of a gas station building they also operate. I'd call ahead and make sure they're open and not sold out.

        http://www.monicasczechbakery.com/

        Oops, Monica's shows closed on Sundays won't work for your trip sorry.

        1. Personally, I'd save my stomach for all the awesome food that Austin has to offer. :)

          1. Louie Mueller's BBQ in Taylor is worth the small detour. Be sure to get you brisket from the fatty end and you MUST try the sausages.