Nothing says Texas like Shiner, brisket, queso and kolaches, which may be the reason El Paso has never felt completely Texan. For a long time, we had been missing out on those little Czech treats made of sweetened yeasted dough. El Pasoans hadn’t really even thought of kolaches until a few years back when a few donut shops on the eastside and Horizon began offering them. Now, thanks to Kolache Kings, the Westside has their own spot solely serving kolaches across from Coronado High School.
Like any traditional food, everyone has their own version of the perfect recipe. Some kolaches are round while some are square and open-faced. Kolache Kings makes a round little roll stuffed with savory or sweet fillings. Savory breakfast options all include egg with bacon, sausage, cheese, chorizo or potato and cheese. Savory lunch options begin at 11 a.m. and include pepperoni and cheese, ham and cheese, sausage and cheese, brisket and philly cheesesteak. Everything is made from scratch daily, including the apple cinnamon kolache, stuffed with freshly sliced apples enveloped in a warm, sticky cinnamon caramel sauce. Kolaches are individually wrapped in foil, guaranteed to arrive warm at your destination, and are sold in singles or by the half and full dozen. This is a no frills kind of place, but they do offer coffee (regular, flavored and decaf), plenty of seating and a couple of televisions indoors and outdoors.
Instead of bringing a dozen donuts to work, try a dozen kolaches! They even have a drive thru window – just be sure to arrive early as some varieties sell out quickly. Jalapeno kolaches were recently added to the menu, so here’s hoping they continue adding an assortment of fillings like poppy seed or creamy peach.
6951 N. Mesa, 915-307-2127, Facebook.com/kolachekingsep, Monday-Friday 6 am-5 pm, Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.