Somewhere between Dallas and Austin on I-35 there exists a bakery oasis.
Even the building looks like a shining marble acropolis.
But you can't appreciate this oasis without context.
Context starts here.
I'll apologize to the Texans because, sorry to say, the kolaches in West, Texas are NOT a bakery oasis. (Editor side note: Those kolaches are just OK. The best kolache is really in La Grange at Weikel's bakery.
But I digress. This isn't about kolaches.
Kolaches are a one trick pony.
I'm talking about a BAKERY. I'm talking about philo dough. I'm talking about complex toppings and all different kinds of bread.
But the significance of Collin Street Bakery can't be fully understood without a little background.
I grew up in Nebraska. I've had the opportunity to have baked goods from my home state as well as all around the world. While I don't consider myself a bakery aficionado, I do have an idea of what is good, bad, and average.
On the whole, I've not been that impressed with baked goods from Texas. I wouldn't call Texas bakeries bad, but I think I would classify them as “workman-like” at best. Solid, consistent, but nothing stand-out-ish.
For me, the gold standard off baking has always been the cream cheese danish.
My idea of a cream cheese danish is an elegant, light, fluffy, croissant bread. This bread should be not be oil-laden and certainly not tough on the crust. Then the cream cheese filling should be a delightful mix of sweet, savory, and creamy without handling the reigns to any one flavor. Finally, a light glaze can be the exclamation point of the danish, providing a sweet counterpoint to the bread-only bites while simultaneously highlighting the subtle joy of a well-done cream cheese filling.
And for years I couldn't find a decent cream cheese danish in Texas.
Then one day, when turning the corner from I-35 to route 84 in Waco…
…there it was – the amazing stand-out architecture of the Collin Street Bakery.
So Sheri and I stopped.
As we looked over the bakery counter, we saw them.
Cream cheese Danishes. Strawberry Danishes.
We ordered them and we were not disappointed.
I give the Collin Street Bakery the highest recommendation RV52.com can provide.
Just go there. Order a danish. And enjoy.
You can't get the danishes sent to you from their online store – for obvious reasons, right? – they won't keep.
But what you can get is MEGA UNIQUE gifts and fun things that are made by a quality bakery.
Tell'em RV52.com sent you.
ps: We recently tried their Milk Chocolate Fruitcake Petites and we were BLOWN away. We don't even LIKE fruitcake, but these little chocolate covered petites were off the rail. So there you go, Collin Street Bakery makes it happen!
We even made Collin Street a product in our RV specialty store!