Bakesale Betty

by arnold on June 18, 2008

Our first trip to Bakesale Betty was kind of an accident. We had about 45 minutes to kill before our reservation at Pizzaiolo, and Bakesale Betty was still open, so we decided to walk over and see what was happening over there. We’d heard about their famous fried chicken sandwiches, but with dinner looming, we decided to have dessert first. Nothing wrong with that, right?

We split a really big strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. It was nice and light, and we didn’t want to fill up before dinner. I had to get a chocolate cupcake and it was pretty good. The cake was a little dry, but the chocolate buttercream was great, extremely light and perfect (buttercream is usually a big turnoff for me). I washed it down with a lemon ice that was nice and tart, just the way I like them.



We also got some pastries for breakfast the next day (pear ginger scone for my wife, lemon raisin scone for me), and two handheld chicken pot pies. The scones were excellent, but I want to talk about the chicken pot pies. You just pop them in the oven for 45 minutes and you’re rewarded with an amazing handheld meal. I never knew a chicken pot pie could be this good…it was one of the best things I’ve eaten in weeks.

We had Betty’s famous fried chicken sandwich on our next visit and when paired with a lemon ice and some cookies, it’s a perfect summer lunch. The bread is fresh and the perfect boneless fried chicken breast is topped with a really nice vinegary cole slaw. It’s a very messy sandwich and you could argue that there’s a little too much slaw, but overall, it’s an excellent combination. The egg salad sandwiches are pretty good, too, but if given a choice, the fried chicken sandwich wins every time.

Last weekend, we bought a fresh-out-of-the-oven blueberry pie, and it was excellent. You can really tell the difference between a fresh pie and overly sweet mass-produced pies you normally find.

Whenever we’re in the area, side trips to Betty’s are always in the back of our mind, and sometimes we’ll think of excuses to drive up to Oakland so we can pop in for bite to eat.

INFORMATION
Bakesale Betty
5098 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609 map
510.985.1213
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Nate June 18, 2008 at 11:02 am

Everytime we go to Oakland we end up in Chinatown. Have to convince Annie to go check out Bakesale Betty’s – we both love fried chicken!

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Susannah June 23, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Holy moly. I just ate and I am hungry again, reading about the chicken pot pie. What do you consider to be the establishment’s most worthy item? Between the fried chicken sandwich, the pot pie and the strawberry shortcake, I would want to try all of them…..

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Arnold June 23, 2008 at 6:01 pm

@Susannah: I think the pot pie is definitely the most satisfying. They have full-sized pot pies too, but the handheld ones are perfect for dinner. My recommendation? Go and have a fried chicken sandwich, lemon ice and strawberry shortcake for lunch. Before you leave, get a couple pot pies, some scones and cookies to bring home. You’ll be happy. :-)

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