Meet Slovacek's, West's New Kolache Stop

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Traveling to Austin just got a little tastier. The famous kolache-riddled Czech Stop in West, Texas, now has some friendly competition on the other side of the highway called Slovacek's Foods. It actually opened late last year, but we finally got a chance to stop in this week.

The story about Slovacek's [sla-VA-check] actually starts in Snook, Texas, a tiny town southwest of College Station. The company has been processing sausage and meats there since 1957. Then a few years ago, when the current real estate at Exit 353 on the west side of West became available, current owner Tim Rabroker bought it and transformed it into a Czech version of a Buc-ee's, albeit a bit smaller.

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This buchta should get you through the rest of your road trip.
Customers can shop, fill up on gas, take the pooch out to the dog run in back and even purchase yard ornaments, maybe pick up that huge bronze pig smoker near the front doors. There are snacks, drinks, a full deli and bakery. The meats are from the processing plant in Snook and the kolaches, sticky buns and other pastries are all baked daily onsite.

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Be sure to make your way back to the meat counter where there are trays of dry cured sausages, all-beef meat sticks and smoked pork. The "sweet and hot smoked pork strips" are sold in smaller packages of three or four around the store. Grab one along with a fresh loaf of bread and some cheese, which is also sold in thick slices at the deli. It all makes for a very European-ish snack in a weird small town Czech/Texas way.

Perhaps this is the southbound stop, then hit the original Czech Stop on the way back to North Texas. Two bakeries to choose from: We could have worse problems.


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7 comments
J_A_
J_A_

Dammit I wish I were driving south this weekend instead of last.

lcdk
lcdk

I've only had their cream cheese kolache but it was delicious.  As RoaminCadillac pointed out, their bathrooms are much nicer than Czech Stop.  There are about 20 stalls and very clean.  

RoaminCadillac
RoaminCadillac

Great place and the bathrooms are a heck of a lot nicer than the Czech Stop.  Don't get me wrong, I love the Czech Stop, but this place is legit.  

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Looks and sounds good.....will stop in the hamlet of West (as we always do), and try the next time the path is beaten towards The Guad., or Corpus. Then stop at Ye Olde English Bakery in Temple.  Then it's Naegelin's in New Braunfels.  And that's just breakfast!  It's important to eat yer way through Central Texas, finishing with Cooper's BBQ.  It's not always fun visiting the Czech relatives, but you won't starve; and there is no shortage of "dat birra".  


Oh yeah, stop at The Salado Inn, and ask to see the cave. 

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