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Oct 27, 2007 12:41 PM

Beard Papa Sawtelle - Have You Noticed Your Puff is Not Plump?

I bought cream puffs at the new BP store in JTown. The puffs were plump with crème, but there were no customers there to enjoy them. Later that week I bought cream puffs at my local, oh-so-popular Sawtelle store, and to my disappointment, they were void of creme to varying degrees. My friend in Temple City warned me earlier about this problem that he was having at his local store and reported it to corporate. They sent him a gift certificate for one dozen free cream puffs. But that didn't fix the problem and he continues to remind them to PUMP THE CRÈME TWICE when they make his puffs.

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  1. I got a couple dozen of BIG & Plump puffs at Sawtelle about a month ago. But when I went back about two weeks ago, the puffs I got were just half filled. I thought it was just an off day till I read this post. Guess I'll have to make sure they pump it up next time I go.

    1. The novelty of Beard Papa wore off for me a long time ago. On our last visit about a year ago, I declined to have one, while the rest of our family opted to order and eat theirs. As they started to dig in, I kept reminding them how great the cream puffs at Chantilly in Lomita are. One by one, my wife, then my son, then my daughter each stopped eating their cream (non) puffs and tossed them in the trash. Yes, Chantilly's are more expensive, but if just the memory of these amazing pastries is good enough to dissuade a kid from finishing a lesser product in midstride, then they're worth every extra penny.

      Patisserie Chantilly
      2383 Lomita Blvd., #104, Lomita, CA 90717

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      1. re: bulavinaka

        Never been to Chantilly, but there's this place called Gladys' in Bellflower that produces out of this world mini cream puffs.

        Since I'm rarely in the vicinity of Bellflower I settle for Beard Papa.

        1. re: NAspy

          Angel Maid Bakery on Centinela in Mar Vista has mini cream puffs as well - about ping-pong ball-sized and your choice of plain or with the tops dipped in chocolate, or you can buy (I think) a 16-box. Can't remember the price, but it's pretty reasonable.

          Angel Maid Bakery
          4538 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA

          1. re: bulavinaka

            Thanks for the tip! I'll definitely have to try those; that's much closer.

            1. re: NAspy

              I bought the 16 mini puff box about 2 months ago and I think it was only about $7.50. I bought a cake and the box of puffs and at first I thought they undercharged me because the total was so low. That was a refreshing change!

            2. re: bulavinaka

              If you like mini puffs, Angel Maid is the best to go. My son prefers minis while my daughter likes Beard Papa. Again, it's personal taste!

          2. re: bulavinaka

            I've tried the cream puffs from Chantilly. Personally I prefer Beard Papa (when it's filled). Guess it's just personal taste.

          3. Went to a Beard Papa in Hollywood with my friend yesterday. The cream puffs didn't look fresh at all, and not much of a selection. Didn't even bother getting one.

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            1. re: FoodieKat

              Of the three different Beard Papa locations I've tried, the Hollywood/Highland branch is the worst. I think it's just part of what goes with heavy tourist territory.

            2. I haven't had a problem with the puffs from the Sawtelle store not having enough creme- they were pretty plump!

              1. Yeah, the one on Sawtelle also doesn't seem to make their own puffs... The Hollywood along with the SGV one are the best IME.