Weikel’s Store and Bakery

Review by: Jane & Michael Stern

Weikel’s is a convenience store attached to a gas station, and at first glance when you walk in, it looks like any other quick-shop highway mart: lots of soda, candy, pre-fab sandwiches, and sundries for sale.

But stroll to the left and there is the bakery case. Actually, several bakery cases. And in these cases are some spectacular pastries, made on the premises by expert bakers. Here you find cinnamon rolls, strudel, cream cheese pound cake, pecan sandies, and cookies of all kinds, plus a repertoire of a dozen kolaches. The kolache is Weikel’s specialty, the shop’s motto (on the highway billboard): We got’cha Kolache.

Kolaches, a Czech-ancestored little pastry that is like a Danish, but with softer, sweeter dough and with better blobs of filling in the center, first got popular in the Texas Hill Country, but now are found throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and beyond. There are countless variations, but if you are a first-timer, we recommend the Old World classic — poppy seed. Other traditional varieties include prune, apricot, and cream cheese.

Weikel’s has more good-looking cakes and pastries on the shelf than we ever have had appetite to sample, but we must recommend one more specialty of the house: Weikel’s pig-in-a-blanket. It is a taut-skinned, rugged-textured kielbasa sausage fully encased in a tube of tender-crumb bread that is finer than any hot dog bun we’ve ever eaten.

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One Response to “Weikel’s Store and Bakery”

Jane & Michael Stern
Pete Sommers

March 16th, 2007

Having abandoned my favorite kolache joint between Houston and Bastrop, Hruska’s in Ellinger on Hwy 71, because of excessive pride (read: soaring costs), I was greatly and pleasantly surprised to “discover” this well-known gem. I had passed the place numerous times while in or passing through LaGrange (no, I didn’t go there for “that”), but I always found a reason not to stop. Well, never again!

We stopped at Weikel’s on the way to Warrenton, and although it was closer to lunch than breakfast, the kolaches were still deliciously warm. What was most impressive is that you don’t need to bite into the filling to find fulfillment, as the “crust” by itself is so sweet and tasty.

The down side of the visit is that my girlfriend wouldn’t let me buy more (fighting the ol’ waistline, y’know). Their pies looked almost too good to eat – almost.

LaGrange is not really a place that’s “a little out of the way” from other major highways in the area. But, if you are on your way from Houston to Austin via Columbus, I highly recommend you give this place a try. You will thank me for it. Your waistline may not!

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