Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Arriving a few days early for the 2008 Roadfood Tour gave me a chance to get the lay of the land and try a few places recommended on Roadfood.
Wednesday, April 23rd
Arriving in Austin around midday, I had known all along my first stop would be The Big Kolache. It’s located a few miles south of downtown Austin in a strip mall. I was intrigued to read all the kolache talk in last year’s Glee Club review.
Having grown up with many Czech foods including kolaches, I was interested in trying the savory style. We had all sweet kolache with every variety of fruit along with poppy seed, my favorite as I was growing up.
I arrived at 1:30pm, just an hour before closing time. Krista was at work and had been since 6:30am. She took me through all the varieties with a big smile.
I started with an Italian – pepperoni, provolone and a tiny amount of sauce. Paired with the sweet koloche dough, and few seconds in the microwave, and it was a great start.
Next up came the Sausage & Cheese. This is your basic model with a small hot dog like sausage and American cheese inside. Another standard was the Ham & Swiss.
Number four was an Elgin Sausage w/ Jalapeno. This was unique. The sausage popped when bitten into and the jalapeno provided just the right foil to the sweet dough. Very good.
Next came a Sausage, Cheese & Jalapeno which was like the second one plus a little shredded jalapeno. I ended things with a Spinach, Mushroom & Cheese which once again, paired the onion and sweet dough against each other making a great final.
Disappointingly, they were out of Krista’s favorite – Sausage, Cheese & Sauerkraut. There were many fruit varieties which remain for another visit.
The Big Kolache is undergoing a name change and expansion. Soon to be known as Eva B’s Bakery and Cafe AKA The Big Kolache, the owners took over the storefront next door and are expanding as I write this.
Currently, there is only one table and a few chairs inside. The expanded faciltiy will have additional seating and an expanded menu featuring additional lunch type items all the while preserving the current kolache recipes.
If you’re in Austin for the tour…head on over!
Next up…Hoover’s Cooking. Joined by buffetbuster and his cousin Johnnie, we met at Hoover’s for an early dinner. This turned out to be one of my favorite meals of all time. I truly beleive that it was the combination of the food and company!
It took us almost 20 minutes to make our choices…and we ended up ordering dinner for four…which may have puzzeled our server until she saw the camera going and the sharing begin.
In no particular order we had Chicken Fried Steak, perhaps the best I’ve ever had, 1/2 BBQ Chicken, a 4 Veggie Plate and in honor to the Roadfood Sandwich Book, a Cajun Ham Po’ Boy. The Po’ Boy really mixed a sweet tatse with the savory Cajun creating a unique sandwich experience. We also avoided BBQ as we know what lies ahead on our road!
Our sides including the 4 Veggie consisted of 2 Mac & Cheese (very good), Buttered Cabbage, Mixed Squash, Black Eyed Peas (great), Jalapeno Creamed Spinach (very good), Buttered Carrots, Seasoned Green Beans (very good) and Fried Okra. That’s nine if you’re counting…and I felt them all as I stood up later.
The lemonades came as advertised in small pitchers.
The fourth man stayed for dessert and even then, it was still a tough choice. We finally choose Blackberry Cobbler w/ Ice Cream, Peach Cobbler, Cherry Cobler w/ Ice Cream and a Sweet Potato Pie.
There wasn’t a bad pick in the bunch. It was 2 hours of eating and story telling fun! Two women dining in the booth next to us, stopped by on their way out and complimented us on our new found Southern ordering skills! they enjoyed our excitement, photos and sampling.
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