Dig into Dignowity Kolaches

Tiny San Antonio bakery builds big following with signature kolaches

Tiny San Antonio bakery builds big following with signature kolaches

Dignowity Kolaches San Antonio
Dignowity Kolaches serves pastries six days a week. Photo courtesy of Dignowity Kolaches

Dignowity Hill is a historic San Antonio neighborhood with many homes and families that have been there for generations. But there's room for culinary newcomers to become neighborhood favorites. 

Such is the case with Dignowity Kolaches, a small operation on East Houston Street located next to Dignowity Meats. Originally opened as Koolaches, the family-owned business was sold to current owners and operators, sisters Silvia Alcaraz and Lupita Rivero, this spring. The duo is currently working on rebranding it to Dignowity Kolaches.

Regardless of the name, kolaches get plenty of love here. The kolache dough is made from scratch with unbleached flour. There's an array of fruit kolaches, such as cherry, apple, and strawberry, and they have a few kinds of klobasnek (sausage wrapped in kolache dough), including the traditional sausage and cheese as well as ones filled with barbacoa. 

Diners can choose from two individual-sized breakfast pizzas — one with sausage, another with spinach — and quiches too.

The atmosphere is cozy and casual inside the very small shop, which has seating for a handful of people indoors, plus an outside picnic table. Hours of operation are 7 am to noon Tuesday through Friday and 9 am to noon Saturday. As is typical for any small bakery, many items can easily run out before closing time.

The sisters can prepare group-sized orders with advance notice, and an average price per item of $2 to $4 makes it a budget-friendly option.

Ultimately, Dignowity Kolaches is close enough to downtown to snag the attention of workers who want a quick breakfast and out-of-towners who want to try savory and sweet treats from a local, independent bakery. Yet it's entrenched enough in Dignowity Hill to build a big neighborhood following — and that is clearly happening already.

Dignowity Kolaches is hosting a grand opening celebration from January 17 through February 11. Check out the Facebook page for more details.