I seem to remember Beard Papa’s opening in New York just after I moved away from there, so I never got to try it. When one opened in Chicago I just never got around to trying it. If you aren’t familiar, Beard Papa’s is an international chain of cream puff stores that started in Japan in 1999. They have 250 stores in Japan and 300 worldwide. I think they’re as known for their cute logo as much as their delicious cream puffs. (Watch this video for more on their story.)
A couple months ago, my coworker Don brought in a bunch of Beard Papa’s cream puffs and offered to share with me. I was excited to finally try the popular cream puffs. I chose a vanilla one and thought it was so rich and decadent. Very good. Now that the Roundarch Isobar office has moved, I have been walking through Block 37 every day and that means walking past Beard Papa’s every day. So far I have resisted stopping, but this can’t hold out forever! I keep remembering how good that one cream puff was!