Well, on the day before we celebrate the founding of the American Republic, Kish and I discovered Kolache Republic. It was a pleasant discovery, indeed.
Kolache Republic is one of those restaurants that you hear about through word of mouth. It’s located in an unassuming brick building on South High Street, on the western edge of German Village. It’s legendary among German Villagers for serving the best inexpensive breakfast in town. We’ve been meaning to give it a try, and today we finally got there.
Unfortunately, we did not get there in time for breakfast. Kolache Republic is one of those places that makes its fare and sells it, and when it’s gone — it’s gone. By the time we arrived around noon, the breakfast kolaches were gone.
Fortunately, however, the KR was still serving lunch, and that meant that one of the two stalwarts running the shop told me about the Cuban sandwich kolache, made with shredded pulled pork and sausage. The meat is baked inside the bread, and the result is incredibly moist and flavorful. Served with some spicy, bright-tasting mustard sauce on the side, it was ridiculously good — in fact, it was one of the best meat and bread concoctions I’ve had in years. It was so good I can’t wait to spring it on Dr. Science, who usually is the person who is in-the-know on great restaurants that are off the beaten path. And, the Cuban sandwich kolache was a downright bargain at only $6.95.
The whole meal, which also included a blueberry and sweet cheese kolache, a pecan kolache, and two excellent cups of coffee, was a steal at about $15.00. It made me more than happy to contribute to the “college fund” tip jar next to the register.
As I said, Kolache Republic is one of those hidden gems that you hear about only through word of mouth. Consider yourself clued in.