Go there instead of: The Czech Republic
A perfect road trip spot between Dallas and Austin, West remains heavily influenced by the Czech immigrants who settled the space in the late 1800s. Czech Stop, off I-35, is a popular spot for kolache, a traditional yeast roll stuffed with either sweet or savory fillings. Olde Czech Corner Antiques is a great stop for traditional items from the Eastern European country. Round out your visit with a meal at Picha’s Czech-American Restaurant, where you can keep it European with pierogi or get in touch with your inner Texan with chicken fried steak. If you can, get there for West Fest, a weekend-long celebration of all things Czech and polka. The real-deal country may be superior in that their beer is cheaper than water, but think of all the plane ticket money you’re saving! Na zdraví!
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Sarah Anderson is a Production Assistant at Thrillist and thinks about her semester abroad in Prague enough to give Texas a try. Peep her Pilsner shots at @smileforsarah.