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Kolache Factory

Kolaches are the original breakfast sandwich: fillings savory or sweet, baked inside a light, delicious pastry. Czech immigrants have made them quite popular in Texas — there are even festivals in their honor. (The Czech Stop, a 24-hour kolache bakery, is a must if you're traveling along Interstate 35.) Texas is the corporate home of the Kolache Factory, a small chain that boasts one local outpost in Brentwood. Here you can sample the simple kolache with which generations of Texans have fallen in love, rich with meaty, spicy sausage. Or, if you like, you can try a more Americanized version, stuffed with pepperoni and mushrooms. Or a blend of cheddar and jalapeño cheeses. Most kolaches cost less than $3, so you can try several — or treat coworkers to a change of pace from doughnuts or bagels. Whether you share the joy of the kolache with friends and colleagues or keep it to yourself, you simply must Czech this place out. (You didn't think we were going to finish this item without deploying that one, did you?)

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