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Can someone please explain kolaches to this non-Texan. Aren't they just an excuse to eat hot dogs for breakfast?

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  1. Kolaches actually are a Czech import. (In Poland, there are similar pastries known as kolachkis -- with a second K.) Texas, particularly East Central Texas, has a large population that decends from Czech immigrants. Most kolaches are flat pastries with a fruit or poppy seed filling. The "pig-in-a-blanket" version, which you aptly call "hotdogs for breakfast," is, I think, a native Texas variation on the kolache theme. A delicious variation on the theme, I might add!

    1. Actually, the meat ones usually contain some pretty good locally produced sausages. As Kirk said, most are fruit based. The bakery in West, Texas (east side of I-35 just north of Hillsboro) has em and the bakery in La Grange also produces good kolaches.

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      1. re: Steve West
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        Dustin Milburn

        I beleive you are talking about The Czech Stop in West, Texas. Great place, especially considering they are open 24 hours. I stop there every time i drive to Austin.

      2. And what's wrong with hotdogs for breakfast? Actually, I like Kolaches *better* than hotdogs. My favorites are The Kolache Factory, Westheimer @ S. Shepherd, and Hruska's in Ellinger, just off Hwy. 71.

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        1. re: Frank M

          You're absolutely right, Frank ... there's nothing wrong with hot dogs for breakfast. In fact, I also think Einstein Bagels' "Chicago Bagel Dog" (which I might add I never saw in the nearly 20 years I lived in Chicago) is a perfect way to start the day. But it's three times the size and five times the price of a sausage kolache.

          Of course, I suspect you think a perfect chaser for the kolachedog breakfast is a nice cold St. Arnold brew. Right? : - D

          1. re: Kirk

            That's how they do it in Prague.

            I would always see men waiting for the bus, having a sausage for breakfast and a Gambrinus or Pilsner Urquel.

            1. re: MidtownCoog

              I suspect that many of us would do the same, if we could get away with it!

              I've never been to Prague, but I do know that in Germany beer is frequently consumed throughout the day. It's considered a food by most people there.

              And when I lived in Spain, I recall seeing many people have anis or another liqueur with their morning coffee. Since many of them were out enjoying themselves until 2 or 3 a.m. during the workweek, it's understandable if they need "a little something" to start the day.

              We North Americans tend to look at things differently, which is probably one reason why we don't grouse about working at least 40 hours a week or getting vacations that Europeans tend to think are scandalously short.

          2. re: Frank M

            If you get out to Fort Bend County, try our favorite kolache stop, Vacek's Bakery in Rosenberg. All of the fruit kolaches are wonderful, expecially apricot--and the sausage and cheese kolache is great too. Vacek's is our first stop when we are heading out on an early morning road trip.

            1. re: Zorra

              My experience with Vacek's is many years out of date (my parents lived in Richmond, next door to Rosenberg, for a time), but echoes yours. I was particularly fond of a jalapeno variation of the sausage and cheese kolache, which to my mind was a perfect synthesis of the area's dominant food cultures. And also delicious.

              But personally, the sausage roll type is always secondary to me: the basic cherry/apricot/poppy/etc. is what I think of when I think of kolache.

          3. If you really want a good sausage kolache, and you do, There's a place in Zabcikville, about 15 minutes outside of Temple(which is 30 min south of Waco on I35) called Greene's Sausage. They wrap dough around their house-made links. Should you be lucky enough to taste one, you will forever swear off the garbage that is passed off as a sausage kolache at places such as the kolache factory, etc.

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            1. re: T-bone

              T Bone absolutely correct the best kolaches I have eaten other than a friend's mom. I eat the La Grange ones, and have eaten the West ones but Green's in Zabickville Hwy 53, is the best I had! I also highly recommend the sausage as well.

              1. re: bktws

                Doe's Greene's have a website? Or does someone know the hours/days they are open? Thanks.

                1. re: fat boy in austin

                  http://greenssausagehouse.com/

                  Monday-Friday: 7:00am-7:00pm
                  Saturday: 7:00am-6:00pm
                  Sunday: Closed

              2. re: T-bone

                T-bone is right. My parents had Greene's sausage kolaches at their wedding reception! Our extended family drives through Zabcikville from all over Texas to bring back Greene's sausage and kolaches.

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                LittleMichelle

                Love it! I'm from Seattle and had never heard of Kolaches when I moved here. I actually called them "Ko-lashes" at a meeting and everyone laughed at me.

                Oh well I got the last laugh when I pointed out that they were eating hotdogs for breakfast.

                Then to myself I thought...mmmmmm hotdogs for breakfast.