5098 Telegraph Ave. (51st St)
Oakland, CA 94609
Even EMT’s Eat Here
Bakesale Betty is more of a bakery than a casual 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 the Spring of 2020, and reaffirmed Bakesale Betty’s awesomeness.
Their fried chicken sandwich has been licensed for sale in San Francisco’s Chase Center.
Bakesale Betty has their legendary Fried chicken sandwich, Fried chicken salad, and Fried tofu sandwich. They have a daily changing variety of cookies, scones, pies, brownies, pumpkin bread. Bakesale Betty also serves Lemon ice, coffee and other drinks. Prices have remained steady for many years.
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 Betty Picks:
Fried chicken sandwich ($10.33) is a messy combination of one large buttermilk no egg battered and deep fried white meat chicken breasts with some spicy jalapeno zest, topped with a slightly spicy kick, 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 coleslaw on the side or just avoid it.
Strawberry Shortcake ($6.50) was sweet juicy sliced strawberries on top of a piece of dense Sweet shortbread (No eggs), 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. This shortcake usually starts appearing around March.
Scones ($3) pear ginger scone, lemon raisin, and Apricot scone are delicious, eggless, and buttery. Huge, chunks of fresh fruit, and very fresh stuff. Lots of sugar on top. Some of the best in the region.
The chocolate chip shortbread ($2.25) and ginger molasses 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.
Expect lines, we had to wait only a couple minutes to get into Bakesale Betty, around 11am, but the wait was well worth it. They’ve gotten pretty efficient. 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.
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