Cowboy Cuisine – Pearl Snap Kolaches

Assorted kolaches at Pearl Snap Koalches in two locations in Fort Worth. (Photos by Steve Stevens)

By Steve Stevens

There isn’t any cowboy worth his salt who hasn’t worn a good pearl snap shirt. They are my preference and the preference of many of my cowboy heroes like Casey Tibbs, Larry Mahan and the Sons of the Pioneers.

So how could I miss an opportunity to go get some breakfast at the White Settlement location of Pearl Snap Kolaches? See, there isn’t anything more Texas than kolaches. I am pretty sure in Texas folk lore it came in this order: 1. Sam Houston, 2. Bob Wills, 3. Kolaches!

I learned about kolaches when I went to school in Uvalde, Texas. Every time we would drive north on I-45, my traveling partner Colt, from Las Cruces, N. M., would make us stop at the Czech Stop in West, Texas, infamously known for their kolaches.
Kolaches are Czech pastries made of yeast dough and filled with different fruits and cheeses. It is pretty common to find them filled with anything you can imagine these days. Kolaches are a Texas staple brought to us from Czech immigrants who founded communities in rural Texas in the 1880s.

Getting kolaches at Pearl Snap in the suburbs of Fort Worth will make your cowboy Czech heart sing. You will see a giant billboard with all your kolache options, everything from blueberry to pecan pie. In the display, they look more like works of art than pastries.

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Pearl Snap
4006 White Settlement Road
Fort Worth, Texas
2743 Hulen Street
Fort Worth, Texas

Pecan kolaches at Pearl Snap Kolaches. (Photo by Steve Stevens)
Menu at Pearl Snap Kolaches. (Photo by Steve Stevens)