Whether you realize it or not, kolaches are mostly a Texas thing. Yes, they were popularized when Czech settlers brought them over from Eastern Europe in the 1850s, but you'd better believe Texans made them their own—even going so far as to group both koláče (fruit-based pastries) and klobasneky (meat-stuffed pastries) under one catch-all term: kolaches. And that love for meat and cheese wrapped in doughy goodness is epitomized by a kolache pop-up that will be held this Saturday, September 24 from 8 to 11 a.m.
King’s Biergarten in Pearland was once home to a computer shop. Now it's an expansive German bar and restaurant modeled on a Bavarian castle, known for events with just as much character as its turreted building. And although it doesn't typically offer much in the way of Czech fare, that's changing this weekend at King's kolache pop-up, where you can find flavor variations like a sweet cream cheese kolache with strawberries and a hearty kolache based on a Reuben sandwich. Spontaneous types can munch on the secret flavor of the month (not even we know what it is), while more traditional flavors like three-cheese with jalapeño and smoked Polish sausage or bratwurst-and-Swiss cheese kolaches are also available.
King's first kolache pop-up was held last month to great success, with all pastries selling out in under two hours. This weekend's event is the second of a series of planned monthly events preceding the grand opening of King's Bierhaus in the Heights this winter, a godsend to Inner Loopers who don’t want to make the trek to Pearland.
If you don’t want to get out of bed early on Saturday, though, you can always wait until next weekend to grub on some German goodness. King’s is hosting an Oktoberfest kick-off weekend from October 7 to 9 filled with arm wrestling competitions, an Oktoberfest-themed photo booth and live music from German performing acts . Oh, and don’t worry—sausage, sliders and sauerkraut are all on the menu, plus plenty more. And if you're lucky, you'll win this weekend's grand prize drawing: a trip to the original Oktoberfest in Munich itself.