While all of our cooler friends are whooping it up in Austin for the latest incarnation of SXSW, we trudge along through our days living vicariously through their many texts and photos via social media. Of course they all made the pit stop for kolaches in West, Texas and flaunted the dozens of varieties they whaled own with a PBR forty. It just makes them seem all that much more hip.
Well, pine no more, you can have your very own kolaches right here in the Dallas area without making that trek to Austin. And I am not talking those silly dough balls sold at every doughnut shop across the Metroplex. Continue reading →
I had heard and read about Pearl Snap Kolaches for months but had yet make it over there, so I went. They are located in the old “Tres Joses” location on White Settlement road not far from University Drive where the road makes the big “S” curve. There is not much in the way of signage but you can’t miss it.
Inside is setup to be like a comfortable coffee shop/lounge with couches, tables and chairs. The atmosphere is pretty laid back. Some traces of the Mexican restaurant are still visible, such as the wall sized bullfighter mural, which adds to the charm. As you enter, the counter is directly in front of you with all of the offerings displayed. A large chalk board menu is just above but it’s hard not to stare and salivate at what is laid out before you in the case. These really are not your traditional Czech kolaches and what sets these apart from the others I have tried is the dough. These are very light and slightly yeasty. Imagine a Hawaiian sweet roll with a little more density. Continue reading →
In the not too distant past 1905 Greenville Avenue was the home to Ali Baba. There you were able to sit down in the smallish digs to a nice plate of kabobs and a hummus. Since then the restaurant has turned over a few newer restaurants, including Jack’s Southern Comfort who was not able to make the space work either due to its size, or parking concerns.
There is no doubt that within two or three blocks north of 1905 there is a hot bed of action going on, with the anchor of Trader Joes, The Truck Yard, and beautiful restaurants such as Nora and Teppo Yakatori. We love the food and rooftop at HG, and everything about the Blind Butcher. There is promise of more to come, even for that lone space at 1905. In a matter of weeks Bohemian Cafe will open in that spot, with the promise of Texas and Czech, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from east Dallas resident Jason Horne. Continue reading →
The wife had a conference in San Antonio and it was decided that we’d make it a family affair so we loaded up the KIA and headed South, and thought it might be interesting to document some of the stops along the way.
Anytime (and I mean every time) we drive up or down the I-35 corridor there is the obligatory pullover at that Capitol of Kolaches in West, TX known as the Czech Stop. Since 1983 this deli-bakery-Shell station has been crankingout Czechoslovakian goodness that has six hundred travelers daily taking exit 353 to fill their tanks and their bellies.