In August, brothers Noah and Josh Lit opened Batch, Austin’s first kolache-focused bar. Pastry chef Jasmine Jones developed the dough using King Arthur Flour, organic sugar and local honey, as well as seasonal fruit and Micklethwait Craft Meats brisket and sausage to fill the pastry. Order Batch’s signature flavor, made with brisket, pickles and Swiss cheese, then switch to a caramel apple or a sweet cream and spiced pumpkin version for dessert.
Mention kolaches outside Texas state lines, and you’ll likely receive blank stares. But ask a local to name their favorite spot to grab the sweet or savory pastry, and you’ll stir up a fierce debate on the merits of Hruska’s versus Czech Stop. Originally introduced to central Texas by 19th-century Czech settlers, kolaches were almost exclusively found in highway-facing bakeries, gas stations and doughnut shops. Now they’re making a modern-day comeback, popping up in some of Austin's top fine-dining restaurants and its best food trucks. We tracked down our favorites in Austin—and no, they’re not by Interstate 35.