Best Cream Puffs - 2009
We're a bit creeped out by the visage of Beard Papa, who looks like a refugee from a Long John Silver's ad. The Japanese bakery with that name and mascot first opened in Osaka, where the head baker supposedly had a big, fluffy beard, and decided to make a dessert that would be just as puffy. Perhaps it's best not to think of that unappetizing genesis story as you bury your face in one of the bakery's cream puffs, which are made from an unusual blend of choux pastry and pie crust. For best results, choose the vanilla custard filling.