‘The birthplace of Houston’s kolache scene’ still serving great breakfasts nearly 70 years after it opened

Chris Shepherd hits up some of his favorite kolache spots in ‘Eat Like a Local’

Kolaches can be found all over Houston, but some have a reputation for quality and taste that’s hard to match.

In this episode of “Eat Like a Local with Chris Shepherd”, Shepherd shares some of his favorite places to pick up breakfast or even road trip treats, including one that got its start almost seven decades ago.

“This is the birthplace of Houston’s kolache scene. My grandparents opened the shop in 1956. They ran the shop for about 23 years,” said Kevin Dowd, current owner of The Original Kolache Shoppe. “Mom took over after them. She ran the shop for about 32 years. My brother and I grew up in here.”

In 2011, Dowd took over the bakery when his mother passed away.

“It’s been a labor of love. This tiny little shop on Telephone (Rd.),” said Dowd.

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The Original Kolache Shoppe

5404 Telephone Rd. | Houston

Customers who file into The Original Kolache Shoppe can get their fill of fruit-filled kolaches, meat-filled klobasneks, cinnamon rolls, and much more.

The kitchen is open, so customers can watch the impressive prep work.

“We always say there’s no substitute for quality ingredients and freshness,” said Dowd who follows the same recipes his grandparents did for many of the restaurant’s traditional pastries.

He has expanded the business -- adding new breakfast treats -- and developing their own in-house brand of roasted coffee.

“My goal was to craft coffee as special as the pastries we’ve been crafting for three generations.”

Chris Shepherd shares his picks for what to order at The Original Kolache Shoppe (KPRC/Click2Houston.com)

Luloo’s Day & Night

1223 W. 34th Street | Houston

Luloo’s Day & Night is the creation of the owners of Blood Bros. BBQ restaurant. It’s a bakery, sandwich shop, and full bar wrapped into one.

Here, you can enjoy a brisket-filled klobasnek with a side of Blood Bros BBQ sauce or a fruit kolache made entirely from scratch in house.

Check out this episode of “Eat Like a Local” to hear about unique creations you’ll find only at Luloo’s Day & Night. The flavors change regularly.

Chris Shepherd shares his picks for what to order at Luloo's Day & Night (KPRC/Click2Houston.com)

The Hot Bagel Shop

2015 S. Shepherd Dr #900 | Houston

Bagel may be in this restaurant’s name, but the variety of delicious breakfast items you can find is wide and delicious.

Chris Shepherd shares his picks for what to order at The Hot Bagel Shop (KPRC/Click2Houston.com)

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