2014

Bakesale Betty Review, Oakland

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Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Bakesale Betty

5098 Telegraph Ave. (51st St)

Oakland, CA 94609

510-985-1213

Bakesale Betty Website

Bakesale Bettys Exterior

Bakesale Bettys Tables

Bakesale Betty is more of a bakery than a restaurant, but this place has some great food so we decided to try them. There is almost always a line out the door of the nameless corner spot, and sometimes around the block. The line moves fast though. Look for Betty in her blue wig, she is a Chez Panisse alum. They kindly hand out cookies when the line gets long. Our latest visit was in March 2014, and reaffirmed Bakesale Betty’s awesomeness.

Bakesale Bettys Interior

They have their legendary Fried chicken sandwich, and occasionally the Egg Salad Sandwich from 9:30am onwards. They have a daily changing variety of cookies, scones, pies, brownies, pumpkin bread. Bakesale Betty also serves Lemon ice ($2. 50), coffee and other drinks. Prices have remained steady for many years.

Nice Ironing board tables

Decor, Vibe -Bakesale Betty is tiny but clean, and full of delicious food. They have old ironing boards that you can use to eat on, outside on the sidewalk. There were many people in line, mostly people in their 20′s and 30′s grabbing lunch.

Bakesale Bettys Menu

Bakesale Betty Picks:

Bakesale Bettys Fried Chicken Sandwich

Fried chicken sandwich ($7.75) is a messy combination of two huge buttermilk battered and deep fried white meat chicken breasts with some spicy jalapeno zest, topped with a slightly spicy, tart, crunchy mayo-less coleslaw crammed into an Acme Bakery bun. Awesome stuff, crunchy and deliciously artery clogging but well worth it. Pretty spicy. Messy as it is large, the cole slaw gets all over the place. Some ask for it on the side or just avoid it.

Bakesale Bettys Oakland strawberry shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake ($5) was sweet juicy slices of strawberries on top of a piece of dense Sweet shortbread (No eggs), and topped with lots of whipped cream. Very fresh, very tasty. Balanced, and not too sweet, the cake was slightly firm and the cream was just right. This is a must get and simply stellar.

Bakesale Bettys Scones

Scones ($2.75) pear ginger scone, lemon raisin, and Apricot scone were delicious, eggless, and buttery. Huge, chunks of fresh fruit, and very fresh stuff. Lots of sugar on top.

The pecan shortbread ($1.50) and ginger cookies were top notch. Bakesale Betty also has Chocolate chip, Chocolate Chip Walnut, Ginger Molasses, and Oatmeal raisin. Pecan shortbread is eggless but not as good as the others.

OK:
None

Pans:
None

We had to wait only a couple minutes to get into Bakesale Betty, around 11am, but the wait was well worth it. It is worth making the trek to Bakesale Betty, to experience this excellent but cultish place. We saw EMT’s eating here, so if you fall ill, you’ll be in good hands! Pizzaiolo is just down the block, so make it a pilgrimage.

New second bigger location opening late April 2010 at:
2228 Broadway
Oakland, CA

Bakesale Betty on Urbanspoon

Bakesale Betty Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Average)
Value Rating: (Excellent)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:No
Attire:Casual
Hours:Mon-Sat 7am-6pm, Sun 7am-3pm
Parking:Street
Reservations:No
Prices:$2 - $7.50
Posted on April 7th, 2014
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3 Responses to “Bakesale Betty Review, Oakland”

  1. Pyung Chang Tofu House, Oakland | Foodnut.com Says:

    [...] where a cluster Korean restaurants are situated. Burma Superstar is a couple doors down, while Bakesale Betty and Pizzaiolo are a block or two away. We were looking for some higher-quality Korean food than is [...]

  2. Gib Says:

    You should re-visit this review. I used to love this place and was a regular, but their prices continue to rise and the quantity is scaled back. Today I paid $4.50 for a half salad. I barely got any cole slaw and only a quarter of a boneless chicken breast. I can send you a pic. Just pathetic. I love the quality, but probably won’t be going back again.

  3. Sura Korean, Oakland | Foodnut.com Says:

    [...] where a cluster Korean restaurants are situated. Burma Superstar is a couple doors down, while Bakesale Betty and Pizzaiolo are a block or two away. We were looking for some higher-quality Korean food than is [...]

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