5098 Telegraph Ave. (51st St)
Oakland, CA 94609
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.
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 Betty Picks:
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.
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.
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.
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: