Superlative Texas sausages and European pastry prowess at The Breakfast Shack 

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Texas has a long history of cultural influence from central and Eastern Europe, from the central hill country’s Texas German dialect to the flavors of Texan sausages to the widespread nature of European pastry.

Take for instance the klobásník, which consists of dough from a Czech kolach pastry wrapped around a sausage, a Czech-Texan invention that most Americans would simply call a meat kolach. At The Breakfast Shack, the month-and-a-half-old spot in the former Loco Bean coffee shack, $3 buys a Texas sausage and cheese kolach with sausage bought from a barbecue joint in Lockhart, Texas, dubbed by eater.com the barbecue capital of the world.

One joyful bite in, we can tell why: This sausage ranks amazing, bursting with smoke, pepper heat and subtle mustard seed notes. Its dough sarcophagus comes cooked perfectly, no rawness in the center with a gorgeous, glossy, golden brown exterior.

The bright orange cheese gets a bit lost, but it’s an afterthought in this excellent pastry. Try also the house-made cherry pie, which wants for a more tart filling but delights with a thick crust that tastes and crumbles like shortbread — simply brilliant.

Location Details The Breakfast Shack
4797 Barnes Road
Colorado Springs, CO


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