Fast Times: Sausage, Cheese, and Jalapeno Kolache from Christy's

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Instead of a pub crawl, how about a kolache crawl? You in?
I'm pretty much a kolache novice. Before my experience Sunday morning (after a crazy trip to cover/shop the Jason Wu for Target event) I had had exactly two kolaches: a pumpkin-filled one from Sinfull Bakery and a random kolache my husband bought me when I was drunk, the contents of which I can't even remember. Technically, I think this kolache might count as my first, and since I've driven by Christy's Donuts three times a week for two years without going in, this ended up being one cherry-popping Sunday morning.

I have to admit, I don't really know what I'm supposed to be looking for in a kolache--it seems like people have very specific ideas about what makes the perfect one, but everyone's ideas are different.

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More cheese, please.
The sausage, cheese, and jalapeno kolache seemed like the only good option to kick-start my brain after Battle Jason Wu. A friend had come along for the retail ride, and she snagged some donuts, so I also got to try a glazed donut hole. Note: I worked at Dunkin Donuts for years and generally hate donuts, but the Christy's glazed donut hole was delish--warm, yeasty, fluffy, with great caramelization on the donut. I will return for donuts!

As for my kolache, it was good but not mind-blowing and I have come to understand that there are mind-blowing kolaches to be had. I loved the sweet dough, and the spicy sausage and jalapeno, but there wasn't much cheese, so that was disappointing. I was so hungry I could have eaten four of these little guys, and at Christy's prices I could afford to -- a huge cinnamon twist and three kolaches (one for my husband, one for my friend) came to $5 and change. I can see how these little guys could become a morning staple, but I need more information on what to look for...and that's where you guys come in.

So Houston--where's a girl go to get the best kolache in town? I'm officially on the hunt.



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Christy's Donuts

1103 W. Gray, Houston, TX

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pamspamer
pamspamer

Im a bagel dog kinda guy from Hot Bagel on Shepherd.  Too many on the kaloches these days have sweet dough on them.  I prefer a hearty stick to your ribs kinda meal.

Mag
Mag

Yeah, those mini dogs are kinda hard to resist

breakfast eater
breakfast eater

Kinda lame, but there is something to be said for the variety at Kolache Factory, i'm a big fan of the Ranchero. 

Czech Stud
Czech Stud

Prasek's Hillje Smokehouse, between Hillje and El Campo on 59 for klobasnek and real Kolaches, not quite as good as my grandma, who was a cafeteria lady in El Campo for years and also worked at the drive in when i was a kid, but she and the rest of the grandparents are in the catholic cemetry in El Campo nor so Prasek's will have to do

Mag
Mag

I really like Praseks.  I would skip bucees for Praseks any day!

Skippy
Skippy

While it's off the kolache subject, I'd recommend going back to Christy's and try the ham and cheese crescent. If you like'em cheesy, you won't be dissapointed. 

Erin
Erin

Kolache Shoppe on Richmond is the best in the city.. or at least inside the beltway. Ive kolaches from over what it seems like 15 places or so and Kolache Shoppe is by far the best, with Shipleys coming in second

Txjboy
Txjboy

Best Donuts (Kingwood) next to Mencius Hunan.

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

Ma Donuts in Spring has the best sausage, jalapeno and cheese kolaches or klobasnek. Order the small because they actually put American Cheese slices, sliced pickled jalaps and a sausage in them. The large is just a fake sausage with everything made into it.

BTW a small lasts exactly two packages of mustard long.TA

ec
ec

That is a klabasnek not a kolache.   Original Kolache Shoppe on Telephone near Park Place has the best of both.   You may need to call in before though because they only make small quantities at a time so they are fresh. 

Michael Carseller
Michael Carseller

That's not a kolache.  You'd think a food writer would know the difference.  Oh wait, this is the Houston Press, a paper known for letting ignorant jackasses write their columns.

Krissybolt
Krissybolt

It's not IN Houston, but we always stop at the Bucee's in Wharton on our drive to Corpus - they have AMAZING ham, cheese, and jalapeno kolaches, stuffed with tons of really excellent ham, gooey cheese, and face-burning jalapenos.  They have a really rude staff of snotty teenagers, but we put up with it just for those.  YUM.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

My personal favorite: Olde Towne Kolache on Memorial near Kirkwood. Great place to sit and have coffee with your kolaches, too. http://www.otkbakery.com/

Mag
Mag

my personal fav too.  some of the best in town

LW
LW

That seems to link to a location on Westheimer/Fondren, not Memorial/Kirkwood...unless they are part of the same chain?

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

Although their sausage cheese and jalapeno ones are gargantuan, not the usual tube size. The bacon and cheddar cheese are amazing.

Jack_Around
Jack_Around

I love the kolaches from Bakery Donut (I don't know what the deal is with the name either) on 11th St. in the Heights.

Even more, I love their "everything biscuits" with bacon, egg, cheese, and sausage patty on a biscuit or croissant.

No
No

I love Bakery Donut! Good donuts also....

Allison B.
Allison B.

You must be talking about pigs in a blanket...haha! Come to Galveston to the Donut Palace on Broadway and 21st Street.

Kylejack
Kylejack

Boudin kolaches at Shipley's on N. Main. Available weekends only, and only until they run out.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

 SO close to my house & I only remember when I wake up after 9 a.m. I suck!

Kylejack
Kylejack

 Give it a try! I've bought them as late as 1 PM before. They're so awesome.

ScottZ
ScottZ

I wish places that sold these would call them klobasnek instead of kolache.

Greg Burland
Greg Burland

Kolache Shoppe on Richmond @ Weslayan

Reg
Reg

Definitely Kolache Shoppe.

Joe
Joe

Yep.  I especially like the poppy seed.  I can't people eat Kolache Factory, the bread is awful

Preston
Preston

Agreed, the sausage jalapeno cheese at Kolache Shoppe is a perfect mixture of gooey cheese and sausage grease. The specialty kolaches like the heuvos rancheros are surprisingly delicious, too.

csoakley
csoakley

You must try the Big Earl. It is also a jalepeno, sausage and cheese version but with a gargantuan link of Earl Campbell sausage. They are at Shipley's but not all locations. I know you can get them at the Shipley's at 401 Richmond between the 527 Spur and Main.

You won't need more than one. For the price it is an excellent value. Big Earl, he's your huckleberry.

Wyatt
Wyatt

I approve of your reference at the end there.

That thing behind the Shipley's, the old motel - is that a halfway house now?

csoakley
csoakley

I think it is. There can be some unsavory characters back in the shadows...but the donuts and kolaches are delicious!!!

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