Hill Country Bakeries Worth Visiting This Summer
Why not take a drive to taste marvelous pies, pastries, croissants and kolaches?
By Alex Reichek
Royers Pie Haven
Round Top isn’t just for antiquing. After a day of shopping, you do not want to miss this famous pie company that also ships nationwide. The endless offerings are made from scratch and really perk up a hot summer day. Go for Bud’s chocolate chip pie, the strawberry-rhubarb, the Sweet n’ Salty or the Texas Trash (coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, pretzels, and caramel). Gluten-free pies are available in Cutie Pie sizes.
Abby Jane Bakeshop
Newly opened in Dripping Springs by Abby Jane Love, this bakery is located inside Barton Springs Mill (which supplies many restaurants in Austin) and uses all local, stone-milled heritage flours, which you can see in action through the window. The menu includes breads, croissants, cookies, pizza, coffee and more. Go for the chive scone or whole-wheat brownie.
Teal House Coffee & Bakery
Started by a family of seven baking out of their teal house and selling to the neighborhood, Teal House grew to selling pastries out of a food truck on Slaughter Lane. With coffee, kolaches and cinnamon rolls (vegan and gluten-free available), the outlet’s first brick-and-mortar just opened at the tail end of South Congress Avenue. You’ll see folks ordering cinnamon rolls by the packages, but the secret order is the Andy Croissant, a cinnamon roll–style croissant with flaky, sugary cinnamon and icing on top.
If you are headed to Dallas or Waco this summer, make sure you plan a quick detour in West (exit 353) to Czech Stop for its famous kolaches. Get the raspberry–cream cheese, or really any fruit option with cream cheese. The Czech Stop is open 24 hours a day and also serves brownies, bars, muffins and savory options.
Sweet Cakes 4 U
Located in Buda, this is the most creative cake slice shop with unbelievable flavor combinations, which are constantly rotating and developing. The four daily specials usually sell out on the early side before the other seven everyday offerings. Go for the chocolate-caramel, lemon–cream cheese, banana-Nutella or Italian cream cake. You might be tempted to try a cookie, but the decadent icing—just sweet enough and moist—is the perfect reason to tack on another slice to try!