We're kooky like that.
This morning I was a little early arriving at the post office to ship about 3 dozen packages to eBay auction winners (check out my other blogs about an Exit Strategy). Across the street from the Post Office I use on North Lamar is a Kolache Factory store. I have had a kolache before, but never from the Kolache Factory. The name makes me think of an automated-process involving conveyor belts or maybe a Rube Goldberg Machine. The building is located near what I refer to as "the medical district" (due to the number of hospitals, doctors' offices, and medical-suppliers in the immediate area), and aside form the outdoor dining area it has the look of a small factory.
Though, now that I think about it, given where they place your food to "heat it up", it might be wise to be nice and polite to these guys.
I ordered a sausage-and-cheese kolache and a ham-and-cheese croissant. The kolache was basically a dinner roll with some cheese-paste and a clone of an Eckrich breakfast sausage in the middle. The sausage and cheese was baked in the roll and doesn't stick out on either side like at some places, and the cheese was not overwhelming. The most flavorful aspect of the kolache was the little bit of salted butter that had been brushed onto the roll, otherwise it was, well, a roll with sausage and cheese.
The croissant rocked.
The best part, though, was the price. I spent less than $4 for two filling breakfast pastries.
The Kolache Factory is also a Texas original, starting near Houston about 25 years ago. They are spreading out, coming to a town near you. If you haven't checked them out yet or have one opening near where you are, I highly recommend paying them a visit. It is hard to beat the value you get for the price.
Austin, TX 78705