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  • Jeanne Jun 5, 2006 02:19 PM
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Has anyone tried the chocolate version? I have a friend who works in the city and is going to pick up some cream puffs tonight and I don't know whether to get all vanilla or half & half. Thanks!

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    ChowFun (derek)

    I just tried both yesterday for the first time....no line no wait.. after they first open at 10 am....usually I don't like cream puffs because of the dough they are made from (choux) they always were soggy, which was a consistency I do not like....BIG CHANGE...I guess I had NEVER had a fresh cream puff...the choux is crunchy in a delicate way...I really liked them , and the flavor choice was too much for me as always, so I ordered both....very nice flavor..I know some people said they liked them because the were not too sweet...but I am not one of them...for me they could have been sweeter...next time I'll tell them I want a heavier dousing of powdered sugar, (for the vanilla) or cocoa! (for the chocolate)

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    1. re: ChowFun (derek)

      Thanks!

      1. re: ChowFun (derek)

        the beard papa puffs are choux PLUS pie dough which gives them the long lasting crunch...

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          ChowFun (derek)

          Ah... a proprietary formula!
          Well it worked for me......crunch and cream...a perfect combo!

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        ChowFun (derek)

        I just tried both yesterday for the first time....no line no wait.. after they first open at 10 am....usually I don't like cream puffs because of the dough they are made from (choux) they always were soggy, which was a consistency I do not like....BIG CHANGE...I guess I had NEVER had a fresh cream puff...the choux is crunchy in a delicate way...I really liked them , and the flavor choice was too much for me as always, so I ordered both....very nice flavor..I know some people said they liked them because the were not too sweet...but I am not one of them...for me they could have been sweeter...next time I'll tell them I want a heavier dousing of powdered sugar, (for the vanilla) or cocoa! (for the chocolate)

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        1. re: ChowFun (derek)

          Nice to hear that there's no line and the chocolate version is available!

          Got some good news about Beard Papa this weekend at the Foster City Art & Wine Festival: there will be one open in Redwood City this August! It was too bad that the cream puffs were sold out by the time we got to the booth though....

          1. re: anna

            Interesting about Redwood City - I've searched every website on Beard Papa I can find and I can't find anything about a store scheduled for Redwood City. It's been mentioned before on CH - I guess it would go into the new Multiplex center in Downtown - so far the only thing open I think is a Cost Plus. I checked the website for the center and couldn't find anything about Beard Papa there either.

            1. re: RWCFoodie

              The opening of a Redwood City location was mentioned in an article in the Mercury last month...

              You may have to register with the site to read the article at the URL I have posted...

              Link: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercur...

              1. re: Stanley Lew

                Thanks Stanley - I read the article. It seems so strange to me that there's no mention on Beard Papa's website of a Redwood City location... I will watch for it and will report when I see evidence!

                1. re: RWCFoodie

                  I called Muginoho and there are plans to open a Beard Papa in Redwood City in August...the contact stated that they just haven't gotten a chance to update their webpage yet. Below is an additional article I googled that points to this fact (note that Blake Hunt appears to be the developers of the On Broadway center):

                  http://www.blakehunt.com/050506.htm

                  1. re: Veritas

                    Did more recon/research this morning when picking up cream puffs at the the Yerba Buena Beard Papa's. I asked the manager about other Bay Area locations, he mentioned a September opening at the SF Center/Bloomingdales and an August opening at "On Broadway" in Redwood City.

                    1. re: Veritas

                      Redwood City is in the works YAY =)! Attached is a Beard Papa article published on the front page of the 6/11/06 SF Chronicle which mentions the lucky guy opening the Redwood City outlet. I still can't believe this made the front page. Cream Puffs are on a major comeback thanks to places like Beard Papa.

                      Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

                    2. re: Veritas

                      Veritas, thanks for all the Redwood City info! I will have to find a way to include Beard Papa in my Weight Watcher's regime by August!

          2. I had my first and only Beard Papa experience in Shanghai a few days ago. There they had the option of a vanilla-filled shell that was half dipped in chocolate. It made for a nice compromise, but I have no idea if our local Puff Daddy offers it.

            Link: http://eatingchinese.org

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              cinderella525

              I had them for the first time this weekend and I loved the vanilla but was really disappointed by the chocolate. The vanilla was light and refereshing. The chocolate tasted heavy and very similar to ready-made chocolate pudding to me.

              1. These puffs sound delectable. Where does one go to get them?

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                  Frosty Melon

                  They recently opened on Market St. between 3rd & 4th in San Francisco.

                  1. re: Frosty Melon

                    That's Mission St., not Market St. Actually at the corner of Yerba Buena Lane and Mission St.

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                      ChowFun (derek)

                      Exactly...across Mission St. from the Yerba Buena Gardens/Metreon...
                      Next to the brick church..

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                    Robert Lauriston

                    It's a rapidly expanding international chain. Reportedly all their pie-crust-wrapped-creampuffs are shipped in frozen from Japan. Here are the locations in the US:

                    Link: http://www.muginohousa.com/locations....

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      I interviewed the franchise owner and the COO when the store opened, and my understanding was that they bake the shells here. I could be wrong though. Certainly they don't fill the puffs until you order them -- part of the reason why the lines can be long.

                      The COO also told me that Muginoho made a study of the rise and fall of Krispy Kreme, and concluded that part of the problem was dilution of the brand -- too many people associating Krispy Kreme with the nasty stale ones they got at the grocery store. So Beard Papa will continue to be only available at their shops for the foreseeable future.

                      Link: http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R605181...

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                        Robert Lauriston

                        They bake at the branches, right, but they come from Japan as frozen lumps.

                  3. I've had both the vanilla and chocolate versions of these now and honestly don't know what the big deal is. The are tasty, this is true, but given the hype I expected much more.

                    1. Looks like Beard Papa now has the green tea flavor, at least for this week. It's worth a try...the custard is light and refreshing, and the item comes covered with green-tea-flavored powdered sugar.

                      They've also added what may now be my favorite Beard Papa item, the "eclair" (basically the vanilla puff covered in chocolate). For a chocolate fix, this - not the chocolate puff - is the way to go.

                      The other items (cheesecake sticks, "chocolate fondant") are on the way within the next 2-3 weeks, according to the guy there.

                      1. I finally had an opportunity to try the regular vanilla Beard Papa cream puff last week. The previous week I picked up some of the Satura/Palo Alto version. Both my husband and I prefer the Beard Papa product.

                        We found the Beard Papa filling, which I've heard is half whipped cream/half custard far superior to the Satura version which is just custard.

                        Beard Papa's shells are much more appealing, fresh, crispy, deliciousness. Satura's shells tasted as though they had been frozen; i.e., stale tasting. I read somewhere on the boards that Beard Papa puffs have approx 230-250 calories each.

                        It's going to be be tough for me when the Redwood City store opens!!!

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                        1. re: RWCFoodie

                          I had a similar experince, eating the Satura/Los Altos cream puffs one week, and then trying the cream puffs at Bear Papa (Redwood City location).

                          We also like the Bear Papa version the most. They were positively delectable. The Redwood City ship is an odd location in that it not easy to get to, but we had a cream puff prior to the movie and then on the way out of the movie, stopped by and bought 6 to-go puffs ($10)

                          So our routine is to go to the movies in Redwood City (the theatre is gorgeous) and have the Beard Papa experience.

                          p.s. the chocolate glazed one, (they called it the eclair), was amazing, too.

                          1. re: RWCFoodie

                            I love Beard Papa, but for your information, Satura's 'just custard' is actually half pastry cream and half whipped cream also. And while I do like Beard Papa's shells better, Beard Papa only sells cream puffs, while Satura creates a whole array of other desserts.

                          2. I saw another location in the fancy food court in the Bloomingdale's Mall in Downtown SF. I was surprised there was NO LINE!