Bakesale Betty Review, Oakland

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Bakesale Betty

5098 Telegraph Ave. (51st St)

Oakland, CA 94609

510-985-1213

Bakesale Betty Website

Bakesale Bettys Exterior

The Line

Bakesale Bettys Tables

Even EMT’s Eat Here

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 the Spring of 2017, 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.

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 ($9.12) 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.

Bakesale Bettys Oakland strawberry shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake ($5.75) 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.

Bakesale Bettys Scones

Scones ($2.75) 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 ($1.75) 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.

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.

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Bakesale Betty Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

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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

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3 Comments

  • Pyung Chang Tofu House, Oakland | Foodnut.com
    November 1, 2010 at 12:02 am

    […] 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 […]

  • Gib
    February 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    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.

  • Sura Korean, Oakland | Foodnut.com
    June 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

    […] 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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