Beard Papa, LA
It’s difficult to miss Beard Papa's Sawtelle location with its bright lights and constant line of customers. This Japanese chain, which started as a small cream puff shop in Osaka, has an almost cult-like following. The minimalist menu offers a handful of flavors of daily; chocolate and vanilla – with real vanilla bean specks – are staples. Custard is dense and whipped onsite daily, and the fillings are hand pumped into each pastry when ordered. Specialty flavors rotate daily and include green tea, coffee, caramel, and strawberry.