Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli Is Worth the Drive

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Last year, former EOW blogger Ruthie Johnson wrote a piece highlighting the Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli Express. Fast-forward to a year later. This family-run establishment, once located in an Exxon station on the side of Highway 290 in tiny Chappell Hill, is all grown up.

Now called the Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli (8900 Highway 290 East), the new place is much bigger. In fact, it's nearly impossible to miss the massive orange building, located a stone's throw away from the original location. This new endeavor was seven years in the making, inspired by the vision of owner John Kopycinski, who had been running the original spot for the past 47 years. "He just wanted to provide a really unique eating atmosphere," said John's daughter Christi Strock.

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If you know anything about Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli, you know they have some of the best kolaches in Texas. I found that out first-hand. The fruit kolaches are magical, but if you go without trying a sausage, you'd be making a big mistake. It is the best kolache in Texas. Period.

But the new spot does so much more. Choose from an assortment of Blue Bell Ice Cream, hamburger baskets and barbecue plates. The brisket, alone, is worth the 50-minute drive from Houston. They also have ribs, chicken and sausage, along with all the sides.

As well as kolaches of all varieties, the bakery is churning out freshly baked pies, cookies, cinnamon rolls, homemade granola and breads, and coffee cakes. These products, along with the beautiful country d├ęcor, are all Chappell Hill. Says Strock, "We're having some of the local vendors come in. We're trying to keep it very local, so you get a real sense of what small-town Chappell Hill is all about."

Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli is still under a soft opening, but expect the place to be fully stocked by the start of summer. The town of Chappell Hill is once again hosting the annual Bluebonnet Festival this weekend. When you drive out, do yourself a favor and stop by that big orange building on the side of Highway 290.



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Blue Sky
Blue Sky

Okay so after passing by the place on my many trips to Houston from Austin I finally decided to stop in. Got a sliced barbecue sandwich and must say I have never been more disappointed in my life from a first time experience. Got the skimppest sandwich (one third of it was only bread and sauce) $6.39 cents was a total rip off. It wouldn't have been bad if they put some meat on the thing. Needless to say I willl never stop here again. ):

Cricket_Cruise-&-Travel
Cricket_Cruise-&-Travel

CHBakery & Deli also have THE best hamburgers, too!(We live here in CH...)~~ Cricket Cruise & Travel, LLC

Jfsmitty
Jfsmitty

If you have any Czech or German background, then you'll know these are the real deal. One bite into one of their fruit kolaches, and you will feel like you've died and gone to heaven!

Tharbich
Tharbich

Kevin--you should know better than to call a sausage roll a sausage kolache. Kolaches are fruit-filled and rolls are filled with meat and cheese. Your cousins will get after you too. Casey has started fights with strangers over this issue. Remember, you are half German!!! Love you though.Aunt T

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Somewhere, I imagine someone shaking their fist at the sky and yelling, "KLOOOOOOOBAAAAASNEEEEEEK!"

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Damn, it was bound to happen---called out by my own fam:)

Ali
Ali

I was there this weekend. I have a fridge full of sausage as a result. I wanted to get some cherry butter but I forgot as I was mesmerized by meat.

trisch
trisch

Will definitely need to try it. I'm addicted to the sausage kolaches at Hruska's on Hwy. 71, especially the jalapeno cheese ones. I need to know what the best kolache in Texas is all about!

I misread the next paragraph and thought they had "Blue Bell Ice Cream hamburger baskets and barbecue plates." I was thinking WTF?!!! until I re-read it and spotted the comma. I know we're in an age of unusual burger toppings, but I'm not sure Blue Bell Ice Cream would be a good idea, LOL!

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

"Blue Bell Ice Cream hamburger baskets" - I'm hereby requesting that someone somewhere please make this.

VMTS
VMTS

Hmmmm.... Ya could fry it, patty sized...... But to garnish...Ahhh! one can dream

Reile
Reile

Have you folks ever been to the Sengelmann Hall Bakery and Restaurant?Czech and German food done next to their restored 1890's saloon and dance hall.Head out sometime, delish and fascinating.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Thank you for the suggestion. I will make it out there.

Blimblom
Blimblom

Great pic! That actually makes me hungry...

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Thank you. Those kolaches tasted even better than they looked. Can't wait to go back out there.

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