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beard papa - RWC - finally open

wchane Nov 28, 2006 05:27 AM

just thought i'd let you hounds know.

don't forget to swing by next door for marble slab either!

  1. wchane Jan 18, 2007 05:14 AM

    i'm just going to go out on a limb and say BP is more of a regional/foodie thing then say 'ice cream'

    you'll find tapioca tea shops everywhere in taiwan, but only scattered in a few cities/locations in the greater bay area. in fact one of the bigger boba joints (forgot which) is turning zero profit in dublin.

    what i don't get is how come the ones here don't taste the same as HK, Japan or Taiwan...and the bigger mystery why can't anyone make a real NYC bagel here?! (the latter really drives me crazy)

    1. K K Jan 18, 2007 04:49 AM

      The cream filling was a tad bit on the runny side when I tried the green tea and vanilla bean versions at RWC. A far cry from the one in Hong Kong, which opened SEVEN years ago when the Beard Papa craze hit in Japan, and everything tasted super freshly made. The cream puff at Satura Cakes is much better.

      Perhaps someone in the know can enlighten us, why did it take six to seven years for BP to open in the Bay Area? Japanese chains that are in Taiwan here as I write this, open up within a short time after the ones are established in Japan. I guess trends take forever to reach the US, much like tapioca milk teas. Oddly enough no BP in Taipei, I guess people have moved on to the latest thing.

      1. bbulkow Jan 17, 2007 07:46 PM

        I ate at the SF location last week, liked the "plain", not enough to go out of my way. Me and a friend couldn't quite get through our half-dozen. I'd rather spend the calorie budget on BBQ.

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          peppatty Nov 29, 2006 03:24 AM

          So far they only have the basic vanilla cream puff and eclairs. They haven't started making the special flavors as far as I could tell.

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            Wolfy_sm Nov 29, 2006 05:44 AM

            When I stopped by last Friday they had vanilla and caramel and others were "coming soon". I inhaled them both in no time. They said caramel was the special for that day. Only a few customers on a Friday afternoon.

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            margret Nov 28, 2006 10:59 PM

            The Bear Papa website doesn't show the RWC location yet. What is the address? TIA

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            1. re: margret
              anna Nov 29, 2006 01:13 AM

              835 Middlefield Road

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                katg Jan 18, 2007 03:57 PM

                it's kind of in an odd location...you know you're heading the right way if you go toward the movie theater or costplus which are also new along with BP.

            2. Sasha Nov 28, 2006 07:20 PM

              Forgive me but what is RWC?

              And there's no forgiveness for Beard Papa, they have destroyed my will power.

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                Robert Lauriston Nov 28, 2006 07:22 PM

                Redwood City.

                BP discussion on the Chains board:

                http://www.chowhound.com/search/std?x...

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                  honu Nov 28, 2006 08:06 PM

                  Thanks for the info, I'll be sure to visit this weekend.

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