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Nov 6, 2007 09:02 AM

HELP: Beard Papa's in Seattle? What and where?

I'm a huge fan of Beard Papa's but I'm very confused about their locations? I've been going to their locations throughout California for a long time now but recently moved to Portland, OR.

However, while visiting the Los Angeles locations I read a newspaper add that they had in the window about their Seattle location and how great business was. I was excited that I still had one within driving distance after I moved back up north.

Sadly though I can't find an address or even proof of it's existence! I've checked on their offical website which has no location listed for the Northwest. I've done searches via google for their location and

I'm wondering if this was just a temporary visit or if this was a planned location and I just read the article wrong. Still I could have sworn (and my wife as well) that the article did say one existed in Seattle.

For those that don't know Beard Papa's is a Japanese cream puff that has taken the country by storm ever since they started appearing in California, Hawaii and New York. Sometimes you have to wait 30 mins in line just to get one. They are truly amazing and something you shouldn't miss out on if you are given a chance.

If anyone has an address I would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks so much!

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  1. I'm familiar with the chain but have never heard of one here (and it's unlikely it would fly beneath the radar given the hype). If there was one, you would have found it on their website or via google. Maybe it is planned-why not give their hq a call? (Would you really drive 3 hours for those cream puffs, though?)

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    1. re: christy319

      Yes... yes I would, and if you had one you might consider a 3 trip somewhere to get one. lol

      oh and I did contact headquarters but I never get an answer with a real person, nor have I gotten any emails back from Headquarters.

    2. Hey I heard it's going into Redmond, I think at the redmond town center maybe.

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      1. re: SeattleJim

        I just called Redmond Town Center and sadly, they know nothing about Beard Papa.

      2. Well if you're willing to drive even further, there's now a location in Richmond, BC.

        1. The website reports a local franchise is opening in June at Uwajimaya and Safeco Field.

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          1. re: equinoise

            Best news I've heard all day.

            Thanks, Equinoise.

            1. re: GreenYoshi

              Honestly, if you have a decent French or Vietnamese bakery in your neighborhood, it'll be just as good.

              1. re: SauceSupreme

                I have to agree, much better at a French bakery. Beard Papa makes good fast food cream puffs much like you get at Blue C and at Than Bros.

                1. re: cburnsi

                  Admittedly part of it is the experience, in the way that people love going to a Krispy Kreme donut shop even though a nice fresh handmade one from Top Pot or the donut place in Pike Place might be as good (better?)

                  BUT Beard Papa cream puff are undeniably delicious. They're not overly sweet like some puffs can be, they're always fresh, with a not-too-hard-not-too-soft puff.

                  They're also filled with more a custardy filling that the puffs you get at Than Bros or Blue C. And they're bigger than those little puffs.

                  As a side note, not related to their culinary quality, I'd note that they're generally cheaper than what you might find at a fancier french bakery, which allows one to buy a dozen and wolf them down in a way that would be somehow inappropriate for a "French" creme puff. (not that I've ever done that...)

                  1. re: GreenYoshi

                    We tried Beard Papa in LA. I found that they didn't taste nearly as good after a few hours as opposed to fresh in the store. The friends who introduced us to them agreed---its the sort of thing you have to eat NOW when you buy it. So if someone thinks they aren't very good, I'm willing to bet the one they tried was a few hours old.

                2. re: SauceSupreme

                  Once, and maybe still, the baker at Boulangerie in Wallingford was a Vietnamese with French training, so that might be worth a try.

              2. re: equinoise

                I'm just wondering where the Beard Papa will go in Uwajimaya if it's due to open sometime in June.

                I'd think they would have started construction if that were actually going to happen, but the two fallow spots in the building (the old boba tea place in the food court and the former Isami restaurant on the south side) don't appear to even be prepped for demo yet.

                1. re: terrier

                  I'm pretty sure Beard Papa's will take the spot formerly owned by the Honeymoon tea shop. I passed by the food court yesterday. Looks like they're working hard to get the place ready soon, if not tomorrow.

              3. I had to see what all the hype was about - I've never heard of Beard Papa's, but think this might be a hyped item I might like to try - just once. According to the website, Seattle will be getting two. One at Safeco, one at Uwajimaya.

                Take a look here:

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                1. re: luvsseattle

                  Yes. What some of us are wondering about is where the Uwajimaya location will be. I thought they'd take over Honeymoon, but I was wrong.

                  1. re: daihard

                    I think you may have been right about Beard Papa taking the former Honeymoon Tea spot in the food court. Today I saw the metal gates are closed around Honeymoon, with a red cloth up concealing whatever they're doing in that space. Presumably there will be at least a few weeks of construction.

                    1. re: terrier

                      I asked Uwajimaya today about Beard Papa and their reply was that its expected to open around the end of July. The anticipation is getting to me. Its a good thing I just got a fix in L.A.

                      1. re: kirkj

                        So it's the owner of Ricenroll who has the Beard Papa franchise for Seattle. According to the Seattle Weekly, she's opening in the Ricenroll stand at Safeco allegedly "during the game week of June 30" - before the Uwajimaya location.


                        1. re: terrier

                          I wonder if we can expect beard papas eventually at all ricen'roll locations...

                          hmm, cream puffs half a block from my office....on second thought, I hope that doesnt happen, too dangerous!