La Grange: We Gotcha Kolache & Texas BBQ

While in La Grange we Czeched out Weikel’s Bakery with roots to 1929 and Prause Meat Market, one of the oldest BBQ joints in Texas.

Weikel’s Bakery

Weikel's Bakery © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Weikel’s Bakery © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Next we headed to Weikel’s Bakery with roots to 1929.

Today the bakery specializes in fruit and cheese kolaches. These gooey, fruit-filled Czech pastries and other bakery goods make for excellent road-trip food and the perfect way to ruin any upcoming meal.

The family business started in 1929 with the Bon Ton Café.

They make their Cinnamon Rolls and Honey Bee Rolls from sweet Czech dough. Cinnamon Rolls come plain or with raisins and pecans. The Honey Bee Rolls are like a Cinnamon Roll, but instead of icing they have a thick honey and pecan topping.

Lemon and Pecan Bars resemble Lemon and Pecan Pies. A favorite of mine, the Czech Shortbread Bars have a crumbly texture and are lightly sweetened with a layer of either Apricot or Cherry filling and contain premium ingredients like real butter and pecans.

If you’re still hungry Weikel’s Bakery also offers sausage-filled Klobasnikies (Pigs-in-a-Blanket), cottage cheese pockets, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies, chocolate fudge and carrot cakes, chocolate meringue and cherry cream meringue pies, cupcakes, Morning Glory and blueberry muffins, rice crispy with pecans, poppy seed and cream cheese rolls, apple strudel, and homemade white and wheat bread.

Weikel's Bakery © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Weikel’s Bakery © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Fresh daily shipping is also available.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 5:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Location: 2247 West State Hwy 71, La Grange, TX 78945

Phone: (979) 968-9413

Website: weikels.com

Prause Meat Market

Prause Meat Market © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Prause Meat Market © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

For a real taste of Texas tradition, look no further than the wonderfully quirky Prause Meat Market right on one corner of the town square in La Grange.

Unless you know it is there, you may never find it.

From the customer parking lot we walked through the back entrance, past the smoldering pits, and were relieved to find that they still had barbecue left for lunch, as they’ve been known to sell out quickly.

This is one of the oldest BBQ joints in Texas, and one of the best.

This historic joint is run by a fourth generation of Prauses who still operate a full-service meat market up front and offer smoked meats from the back.

Service is the old fashion way—you stand in line around the side of an old meat market counter that winds through the building to the door. Once you get to the front you tell the friendly folks what you want; they put it on a old time scale then calculate what you owe. You pay in cash as no credit cards are accepted.

I get the feeling that the butcher shop is the main business and the BBQ was an afterthought which used to be true of most meat markets/BBQ pits in the distant past.

The taste is amazing. Smoke is the name of the game here, and the rub has a lot of pepper and salt and a great bark.

Everything is good so try it all from the brisket, to the sausage, to the pork—you can’t go wrong. I enjoyed a plate of brisket, sausage link, and their signature pork roll.

Fat has melded into a soft buttery smoky goodness that will leave you wanting more.

A sign near the door says “Seven days without meat makes one weak.” It’s one of many hilarious quips throughout this quirky market.

Prause Meat Market © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Prause Meat Market © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Numerous trophies hang on the wall. Signs with Texas wisdom also adorn the walls.

“We do not assemble sandwiches” to “My wife is like a bull… she charges everything” to my personal favorite “If a man is in the woods and no woman can hear him, would he still be wrong?”

This is a no-frills kind of place which serves amazing barbeque from its back room.

Location: 253 W Travis Street, La Grange, TX 78945

Phone: (979) 968-3259

Please Note: This is Part 3 of a 7-Part series on La Grande, Texas

Part 1: Czeching Out La Grange

Part 2: Vitáme Vás: Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center

Part 4: Frisch Auf: Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Site

Part 5: La Grange: The Best Little Quilt Museum in Texas

Part 6: La Petite Gourmet Shoppe: The Best Little Kitchen Shop in Texas

Part 7: La Grande: Fayette County Courthouse & Old County Jail

Texas Spoken Friendly

Worth Pondering…

Eat dessert first. Life is uncertain.
—Ernestine Ulmer

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