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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 yellowpages.com.

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.

        http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?s...

        1. The website reports a local franchise is opening in June at Uwajimaya and Safeco Field. http://www.muginohousa.com/main.php?n...

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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

                  Disagree.
                  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: http://www.muginohousa.com/main.php?n...

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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.

                        http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/voraci...

                        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!

                2. So,,, it's the end of July.
                  I called Uwajimaya to see if Beard Papa was open
                  yet and they said "probably at the end of NEXT month."

                  1. I happened by to be at a Mariner's game a few weeks ago the day that Beard Papa's opened in Safeco Field (the same day that Nancy Lesson wrote about it in her Seattle Times food blog).

                    They were pretty pricey, about $4 each if I recall correctly (twice as much as the Beard Papa's I visited the next day in Richmond, Canada at the Aberdeen Mall food court).

                    However, it was just as good and fresh as the last one I had in Asia.

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                    1. re: clearskies0810

                      Yeah, was at uwajimaya the other day and there is a big "Coming Soon" sign up for beard papas.

                    2. 9/15/08 Called Uwajimaya today.
                      Beard Papa not open yet and they had no idea when it will happen.
                      Wonder if they are truly worth the wait?

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                      1. re: pigeonmom

                        Meh. I had them at the Night Market. They were good...but I wouldn't be waiting with great expectations.

                      2. Open at last. Not bad, but both the puff and the cream are better in Japan.

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                        1. re: dimsumfan

                          My husband and I happened upon it yesterday. They're not cheap! $2 for a medium sized cream puff! I thought the filling was too soft/runny

                        2. This store is a rip-off. They make the original small size, while the ones I've had in Vancouver and L.A. are the larger ones demanded by North Americans. The Seattle store only serves vanilla, and it's runny to boot. All the other stores I've been to serves at least two flavors and an optional cookie crust. Seattle is also charging $2.25/per, while the others are in the $1.75 area.

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                          1. re: kirkj

                            It was OK, not comparable to ones I've had in Richmond/YVR or other cities.

                            The crust was somewhat heavy, and not nearly as light as it should be. The filling also seemed heavy, giving the entire puff a somewhat hockey-puckish quality. I believe there was not any sugar sprinkled on top, either. They were definitely smaller than the large size I am accustomed to eating.

                            Of course I'll go back, as they are (hopefully) still working out the kinks and will improve soon.

                          2. I bought some from the Uwajimaya store this past weekend. I thought they were pretty good. They do have a different texture from any cream puff I've had before. Apparently the interior is made of choux pastry which is covered with a thin layer of pie crust to make the exterior crunchy. The one I ate immediately did seem a bit runny, but the filling did firm up after I brought them home and refrigerated them for a while. The store seems like it opened up before it was completely ready. The only item they had were the plain vanilla cream puffs and they were only taking cash.

                            1. The last time I was in the food court at Uwajimaya's Seattle (Aug), there was a billboard stating Beard Papa's was coming soon.

                              1. I was at Uwajimaya yesterday, and noticed a small sign that said TODAY (October 11th) is their official Grand Opening...the one where they give away free stuff. (I think that the first 10 customers got a punch card good for One Free Cream Puff per month for a year, and every 100th customer got a free t-shirt, etc.)
                                In addition to serving Cream Puffs, they had an optional Green Tea flavor yesterday, and they are now serving Chocolate Eclairs too.
                                Still only taking cash, although neither of my teenage sons were interested so we didn't buy any.
                                The first time we tried them, a couple weeks ago, I bought the "Half Dozen" Box to take home. When I suggested we try the new flavor, or an eclair, my kids told me they still felt ill from eating 2 in a row (two weeks ago). Sort of like when Krispy Kreme opened and one of my kids (he's 20) ate 6 Originals. He hasn't had one since.

                                1. I've had a few original vanilla cream puffs from the Uwajimaya location over the last few weeks. The ones I had this weekend had a better pastry than the ones I got at the beginning of their soft opening; it seems like they're getting the hang of it.

                                  (As an aside, I like the plain frozen yogurt from the Utopia, the new yogurt place that opened up last month in the old boba tea stall in the food court - it's nice and tangy.)

                                  1. Check out HMART in Lynnwood. It's a huge Korean Market with a food court and a few shops as well. They just opened Beard Papa's.

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                                    1. re: Ms Chau

                                      Yes indeed there is one at H Mart. On our visit early last December, the cookie crust shells were burnt. Grand opening snafu? Let's hope so. But the prices are higher than those you can get in other parts of the country, like southern Cal. Why, I have no idea.

                                    2. While buying our new year fish at Uwajimaya on sunday, we stopped and tried Beard Papas. I have had them before when we lived in Los Angeles, both fresh from the store and after the creme puffs had sat around for a while. Until now, I have resisted commenting on this thread because I like to try things more than once to give a place a fair chance.

                                      Having had Beard Papas' multiple times now, I have to say, I still don't get it: its a very pricy cream puff and nothing more. The custard creme part was tasty enough but not tasty enough for the price. And while the crispiness of the puff itself was nice, if you bought them to eat at home, by the time it travelled from Uwajimaya to your house, it wouldn't be any better than the one from Honey something two stalls down. Frankly, if the Honey place didn't overly chill their cream puffs, I think they would give the Beard Papa people a run for their money, at least in this economy.

                                      After the creme puffs, we also had an egg tart from Honey people---mmmm. my favorite cookie style crust and very tender [aka NOT rubbery] custard. At $1.10 a pop, I could even afford to bring some home for the family---some thing that was not possible with the significantly more expensive Beard papa puffs.

                                      For me, no more Beard Papa tastings, not when I'm buying or when there are egg tarts to be found.

                                      1. Beard Papa is now open in Bellevue Square.
                                        Second floor near J Crew.

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                                        1. re: zippyh

                                          Beard Papa in Bellevue Square is NOT ready for prime-time. On our last visit, their puffs were dry (day old? more??) and the vanilla custard simply lacking in the "wow" factor. The only other custard flavor is chocolate. In Southern California, I've consistently had great puffs and their fill offerings also include strawberry and green tea. Another BP has recently opened in Southcenter, where I haven't yet gone. It is amazing to me that there is absolutely no quality control in this chain as the quality and offerings vary from site to site. For the moment, I'll just have to wait until we go to California or Vancouver, B.C., to get the real stuff.

                                          1. re: chazuke

                                            The one in Uwajimaya (ID Seattle) seems to have gotten the right formula dialed in, but it took a while.