Beard Papa's traces its origins to 1999 in a simple cream puff shop in Osaka, where bakers whipped up sweet cream-filled pastries from French choux dough. Today, the beloved pastry shop lays claim to storefronts in 15 different countries—all the countries in the world, if you believe George Washington's maps. These shops charm clients across the globe with all-natural cream puffs, chocolate fondants, and other baked goods free from artificial flavoring. Guests savor the otherworldly flavor of rare treats such as a pastry filled with green-tea custard, chewy-crunchy Paris Brest pastries, and fluffy, chewy mochi puffs.
Tucked away in the kitchen of each Paris Baguette, bakers trained in French techniques craft buttery, flaky croissants and tart crusts, and their success at this has earned attention from the likes of the New York Times. In addition to pastries and sweets such as mocha rice balls, the bakers knead bread for their namesake baguettes and yeasty creations that hold an Asian twist, such as red-bean-paste-filled donuts. The experts also create fondant-cloaked cakes that venture beyond classic flavors into green tea, cappuccino, and sweet potato, delighting partygoers bored of the same laminated sheet cake that makes its appearance at each year’s birthday celebration.
To wash down these treats, patrons sip cups of java or more exotic drinks such as wheatgrass and black-sesame lattes, persimmon smoothies, and bubble tea. At lunchtime, many locations layer sandwiches, filling hungry stomachs with croque monsieurs and baguettes stuffed with chicken and pesto.
The owners of Kang Lac Bakery have served their traditional, colorful Vietnamese cuisine for more than 30 years. Their menu balances traditional baked goods with savory staples, such as bao sandwiches, beef and chicken banh mi, and pan-fried bot chien vegetable cakes. Also popular are their signature mi and hu tiu: egg and rice-noodle soups bobbing with morsels of beef satay, wontons, and shrimp. The exotic meals don't stop with the entrees—the drink menu lets adventurous imbibers quench thirsts with salty lemonade and milk-egg sodas, as well as red-bean jelly boba and almond-pudding tea. For a more conventional way to put out spontaneous shoelace combustions, opt for a strawberry smoothie or iced coffee.
Italian ice is refreshing and frozen custard is decadent, but it's the unique combination of the two that continues to bring customers through the doors at Zero Degrees Italian Ice. After staff members serve up scoops of Italian ice infused with fruity flavors such as passionfruit and mango, customers can opt to garnish their orders with swirls of frozen custard. The resulting treat is a blend of flavors; a zesty fruit tang softened by the creaminess of custard. Alongside these desserts, they also make a range of unique drinks. They blend smoothies with slices of avocado for thick, creamy smoothies full of healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, and fill rustic mason jars with cold bubble and milk teas that make the ideal beverage to tell teapots you've had it with their offensive whistling.