Out & About: Post Oak Hall
Here’s the 4-1-1, Folks:
Ever find yourselves driving around town on a Saturday, craving Houston-style po'boy and cream cheese kolache, with a Topo Chico to wash it all down? Neither did we - until Ellen Daehnick, owner of Helliemae's Salt Caramels and one of our fave Flea vendors, opened Post Oak Hall, a Texas-inspired eatery, last October. Housed in the Helliemae's production kitchen in Wheat Ridge, Post Oak Hall brings a taste of Daehnick's hometown of Houston, TX to her fellow Texan transplants and local Coloradoans, all packaged up with a friendly Texas twang.
Daehnick and her husband, Chris, led the charge on the construction and design of the bright, cheery space, which sports shiplap walls, pressed copper ceiling tiles with a "Texas star" pattern, and a sage green-colored wood counter with glass pastry display case. Three bistro tables and chairs were a recent addition, inviting guests to sit down, stay awhile, and taste ALL of the things. In the background, you'll hear classic Texas country tunes from the likes of Lyle Lovett and other Lone Star state crooners.
While the menu at Post Oak might be somewhat small, it is certainly mighty. If you're in the mood for something savory, Daehnick offers three kinds of Houston-style po'boy sandwiches, including the Original with ham, salami, provolone, chow chow (a Southern relish made with cabbage and peppers), dill pickles, and butter on a French roll from local Vinh Xuong, as well as a turkey and vegetarian cheese option.
Sweet tooths don't stand a chance - in the pastry case, you'll find several flavors of kolaches, sweet yeast Czech pastries that are a THING in Texas, such as peach, cream cheese, and the seasonal pumpkin; four types of cookies, like the Flea favorite Whiskey Brown Butter; coffee cakes; and Daehnick's signature icebox desserts, including Salted Caramel Banana Pudding and Trashy Lemon Pie (creamy yet tart lemon filling + toffeed saltine cracker crust = YES). To wet your whistle, choose amongst coffee drinks made with Pablo's Coffee, ice cold Mexican Cokes, and cult-favorite Topo Chico sparkling waters.
There are also Helliemae's caramels for purchase (and sampling, natch) as well as a selection of fun Texas-proud items like Confituras jams out of Austin, blogger Homesick Texan's cookbooks, and Colorado and Texas necklaces from fellow Flea vendor Anne Franklin Designs.
Heads up - Post Oak is only open on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and starting November 10, will also add Fridays from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Make sure to mark your calendars accordingly!
Order your po' boy or kolache ahead of time via the handy dandy online ordering system, just in case you can't get to Post Oak before they run out!