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.