Now that the world knows of West, Texas -- and that it is not in fact in the western region of Texas -- everyone should also know about the Czech Stop and Little Czech Bakery, the famous combination deli/bakery that serves over 600 hungry customers a day.
One of my favorite things to do as a student at Baylor University in nearby Waco was to head to West, Texas, for a midnight road trip to Czech Stop and the Little Czech Bakery. Kolaches, pastries, brownies, cookies and pies are ideal treats for midnight cravings, and being only 15 minutes away makes it super easy to jump in the car and drive down I-35 to enjoy West's famous sweet and savory kolaches.
After the recent devastating fertilizer plant explosion in West, neither the Czech Stop nor the Little Czech Bakery closed their doors.
Barbara Schissler, president of Czech Stop, said that the bakery hasn't closed its doors in the last 29 years, in fact. With both the Czech Stop and Little Czech Bakery located just three miles away from the explosion, it's a miracle that they weren't damaged.
Schissler says they only had to turn off the gas pumps in case of a second explosion. They did not turn off their lights or close their doors, however, and since the explosion, the Czech Stop has offered great support to the city of West.
"We donated cases and cases and cases of water," says Schissler, "and ice for some of the wounded." Along with providing this type of support for those affected by the West explosion, Schissler also says the Czech Stop provided kolaches, cakes and pies to families and volunteers.
If you're ever traveling on I-35, I highly recommend stopping at the Little Czech Bakery. Whether you're in the mood for something sweet, something savory or just need a bite to eat, you can't go wrong with a kolache or bakery item.
The Little Czech Bakery serves up savory kolaches with cheese, sausage, pepperoni and pulled pork, as well as sweet kolaches with cream cheese, fruit, and fruit-cream cheese combos.
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Although the kolaches are the best part of the menu, you also can't go wrong with a sandtart, cream filled cookie, turnover, cupcake, brownie or even a whole pie.
The compassion and support shown by the Czech Stop and Little Czech Bakery is reason enough to stop by and grab a couple of kolaches to enjoy for the rest of your trip down I-35.