Kolache Crawl: Hruska's
There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing between Hruska's and Weikel's. I almost always stop at one place or the other when driving between Houston and Austin. Both are gas stations and outstanding kolache bakeries. There are more gas pumps at Hruska's, and my traveling companions say the restrooms rival the state-of-the-art sanitary facilities at Buckee's.
If it's lunch or dinner time and I'm thinking of a burger, the choice is clear. Despite occasional flubs, Hruska's has one of the best gas station burgers in the state (and possibly the nation). I think the employees are friendlier at Hruska's too. Say "hi" to Melissa for me.
If it's early morning and I'm craving pastries, I might base my decision purely on the quality of the sweet kolaches. How do they compare? Take a look at the results of this taste test I conducted last week. I stopped at both Hruska's and Weikel's and purchased poppy seed, apricot and cottage cheese kolaches. The poppy seed was vastly superior at Weikel's, as I reported yesterday.
The fruit filling in the apricot kolaches from Weikel's (left) had a loose, fresh fruit quality. It wasn't oversweetened either. The Hruska's apricot kolache (right) seemed to be filled with jam. Tasty, but not as good as Weikel's. The cheese kolache contest was a jump ball.
The pan sausage and sauerkraut kolache at Hruska's is another matter. There is nothing like it at Weikel's. Maybe nothing like it anywhere. If you like sauerkraut for breakfast (count me in), this kolache is a game changer. Grandma back in Pittsburgh never heard of savory kolaches; my mother doesn't eat them either. I don't know when or where they were first invented, but they sure are popular around here.
More kolache reports soon.