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  • Has anyone had these before they came to DC? I see it’s a chain that started in Japan…? They actually sound kinda tasty…

    • Had them in NY ~2006. Remember them being tasty.

    • Yes, they’re delicious. I’ve had them in NYC and San Francisco. Japanese-inspired, but the chain might be from Hawaii? Not sure.

    • Had them in NY about a year ago, very good.

    • I first had them in Beijing in 2007-2008. I really liked them, but it might have just been because they were comfort food-y and not because they were actually great. I would get them occasionally to relive this when I lived in Chicago a few years ago. There I might have enjoyed them because of nostalgia, not because they were actually amazing. I will attempt to discern now that they’re here if they are actually good, or just ok.

    • Well I guess I know what I’m doing this weekend then….

    • Any place with such a weird name would have to come from Japan.

      • Yep, Beard Papa is from Japan…. Gotta say it’s very expensive here, compared to their pricing in the homeland.

        • “Gotta say it’s very expensive here, compared to their pricing in the homeland.” That’s not good, considering Japan’s reputation for things being expensive. 😉 (Well, except for things like inari-zushi at the convenience store.)
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          I was surprised that Pret a Manger is more expensive in the U.S. than in the UK — usually it’s the other way around.
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          What are Beard Papa’s prices like? (I was clicking on the menu, but didn’t see prices listed.)

          • If I recall, it was $3 per puff, so slightly less than cupcake pricing. Totally worth the occasional indulgence.

  • These are truly outstanding. Crispy outside, perfectly creamy and delicious inside. I tried both chocolate and vanilla filling — both were good, but I lean toward the vanilla. Totally worth a trip. I imagine people will be lining up once the word is out.

  • Linc Park SE

    Are these the same as Leonard’s Malasadas near Waikiki?

  • canadianexile

    I’m very excited! There is at least one location in the San Gabriel Valley in LA and we used to go after having Chinese food on the weekends – so I guess I need a reason to go to Georgetown.

  • This brings me to ask what will open next in this space?

  • Clueless

    Very excited about this Georgetown addition! Now I have a place to retreat to for my snack lulls.

  • I had them all the time in south east asia. I like the plain with vanilla cream, as the cream is sweet but not too sweet, and pretty light and fluffy. Not my all time favorite dessert, but a good standby for when a sweet craving strikes.

  • I went Saturday and they had strawberry as the flavor of the month. I’m a “chocolate all the way” guy and didn’t think I would be into this, but it was really good! They tasted good – I’m not a cream puff connoisseur, so I’d never wait in a long line for them though

  • They are sort of stinky. I lived near one in Beijing and the one in the East Village in NYC. I always gagged when I walked by. The stores have an odd smell. Can’t put my finger on it.

    • I totally know what you mean. I used to walk by one a lot when I lived in Tokyo and without fail, it would make me really nauseated. I think it’s just a cloyingly sweet smell. But I still like them and will be trying the DC location out soon!

    • It’s the egg in the choux dough. Lots of egg gives off a weird smell when they bake.

  • So I guess Georgetown isn’t dead after all as a local trendsetter.

  • They scaled up in NYC about 10 years ago and then scaled back after a few years. I remember the puffs being good but not exceptional. Why we should get excited about a flash in the pan that wasn’t trendy enough for NYC I don’t know. But it’s mediocre, expensive and oddly buzzy which seems to sell in DC.

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