The best little kolache shop in Texas now also has beer on tap.
Gerik’s Ole Czech Bakery, a block off Interstate 35 near the more famous 24-hour Czech Stop bakery, has moved into an unlikely but workable timeshare with the Pizza House of West next door at 505 W. Oak St.
You need to see it to understand it. On one side of the room, glass cases are filled with fruit kolaches and sausage klobasniky. Tables, chairs and a coffee station make it look like a bakery-cafe.
On the other side of the room, neon beer signs and a bar remain from the Pizza House of West. Both businesses are owned by the Anderson family, and a lease change next door at the former Gerik’s forced the kolache operation into the pizza parlor.
Gerik’s is the West insider’s must-stop for kolaches, with the original Village Bakery now closed downtown.
Gerik’s kolaches are larger than at other West bake shops. But the real stars are the huge cinnamon rolls and cinnamon twists.
If you’re looking for sandwiches or klobasniky (“sausage kolaches”), Gerik’s has more than 10 varieties of meat puffs or rolls, from ham-egg-and-cheese to various kinds of sausage.
Gerik’s now shares the facility with the Pizza House of West. It’s open at 6 a.m. daily, closing at 6 p.m. weekdays and earlier Saturday and Sunday; 505 W. Oak St., 254-826-3327 or 254-826-3805.