Slideshow: Austin: 7 Places To Try Kolaches

Kolache Creations
Kolache Creations
You can't recreate the West, Texas experience in Austin, but Kolache Creations comes close. The sweet aroma of butter and cinnamon hits you in the face upon entering this old-school kolache shop. The cloud-like sweet pastries are sprinkled with a delicately crunchy streusel topping, and the sausage and jalapeño kolaches contain a large link of real sausage instead of the dreaded hot dog. Get here early to score a traditional poppy seed kolache—sometimes they sell out by 10:00am.

Kolache Creations: 7113 Burnet Road, Suite 112 Austin, TX 78757 (map); 212-614-0473; kolachecreationsbakery.com

Zubik House
Zubik House
Don't be confused by the kolaches at this food truck that appears at Austin's Downtown Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings. Even the savory varieties are danish-shaped. The Zubik House serves Czech-inspired food and stands out with their rotating menu of creative kolaches. Fillings like smoked salmon, cream cheese, and capers or apple, brie, and bacon seemed gimmicky, but I was converted after one bite.

Zubik House: West 4th Street at San Antonio Street, Austin TX 78701 (map); thezubikhouse.com

Lone Star Kolaches
Lone Star Kolaches
This chain shop now has five locations in Austin. It's reliable for its huge selection of kolaches but shines in the savory department—a large link of kielbasa is hidden inside the dense and chewy breading of the Polish sausage kolache. It's also one of the few places in town to pick up a traditional poppy seed kolache.

Lone Star Kolaches: 3800 North Lamar Boulevard, Suite 700 Austin TX 78756 (map); 512-323-5002; lonestarkolaches.com

Easy Tiger
Easy Tiger
A combination bake shop and beer garden with housemade sausages sounds like a recipe for kolache success. Easy Tiger makes some of the best pastries in Austin, so it’s not surprising that their kolache dough is tender and flaky. As a fan of both their beef garlic sausage and beer cheese, I was thrilled to try the combination in kolache form. But the soft beer cheese seemed to leak out of the pastry during the baking process, and the lean sausage dried out in the heat of the oven. The veggie kolache, with its filling of goat cheese, bright pepperonata, and vegetarian sausage, was a much better choice.

Easy Tiger: 709 East Sixth Street, Austin TX 78701 (map); 512-614-4972; easytigeraustin.com

Moonlight Bakery
Moonlight Bakery
This South Austin bakery excels at making sweet kolaches like apple, apricot, or blueberry. Smaller than the palm of your hand, they make it possible for you to try a few different flavors without feeling guilty. Fill up on these instead of the sausage and jalapeno kolache that was a bit on the dry side.

Moonlight Bakery: 2300 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin TX 78704 (map); 512-462-1302; moonlightbakery.com

Howdy Donut
Howdy Donut
South Austinites can also swing by this doughnut shop for their kolache fix, but don't expect excellent quality. The lemon kolache was a characterless pastry encasing a pool of jelly doughnut filling. Their savory kolaches are spicy and substantial, using sausage that is at least a step above a hot dog.

Howdy Donut: 343 South Congress Avenue, Suite B, Austin TX 78704 (map); 512-912-7557