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West’s fun little kolache stop is now a pizza stop, too

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.

Bud Kennedy

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.

The first of its kind contest in West, a community with Czech roots, inspired men, women, children and one Star-Telegram staffer to stuff their faces with the pastries for a shot at glory.

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Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.