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“Bakery” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bakesale Betty

Bakesale Betty
5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-2014
510-985-1213
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Ranked #32 of 1,116 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bakery
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Oakland, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Bakery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

You have to try the fried chicken sandwich. It is fantastic. Come for the chicken sandwich and stay for the strawberry shortcake. Everything is fresh. She uses the best ingredients and you can taste it in her food.

Visited July 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Berkeley, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Just plain awful, don't be fooled by lines of people waiting...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I live in this neighborhood and remember when a charming little bakeshop opened on the corner a few years ago. Yeah, it was kind of fun and silly to see the proprietor wearing a neon-blue wig, and people eating their goodies outside off of ironing boards. It'd been a while since then, and we knew that basically, Betty's had evolved into a one-product shop: Fried chicken sandwiches. It was REALLY hard to imagine that anything on EARTH was worth the waiting for, as people lined up daily. When we finally had the opportunity (and the was no line!) to try for ourselves, we were BEYOND disappointed. First off, over $20 for two sandwiches. Okay, maybe if it was local, organic, etc., (all the stuff we love that makes the proteins taste good and good for us), we might justify the price, OR, if the thing just TASTED good. But, seriously, my first thought was, "this tastes just like Swanson's TV Dinners' fried chicken from when I was a kid"...only not that good. Adding insult to injury of the dry and off-tasting chicken (I've gotten better in bulk from Costco), and the nondescript pillowy whitebread roll, was a very vinegary coleslaw with an inedible abundance (we like our heat, but make it balanced!) of jalapeno peppers. Ugh. What a disgrace. Betty, better loosen your wig, and stop trying to fool otherwise food-savvy Oaklanders with substandard fare. Eaters, do yourself a favor, and go to Brown Sugar Kitchen in West Oakland, and taste some REAL fried chicken, made with care and taste!!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Best fried chicken sandwich ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

If you are in a hurry order ahead if time then you can skip the line.... Or just go for lunch. Relax and people watch. On this busy telegraph corner

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Best fried chicken sandwiches”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Besides being a great bakery of pies, scones, cookies, has best fried chicken sandwiches, chicken salad

Visited August 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Betty can't bake”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

I'm at a loss to explain the attraction. It's kinda like the santa cruz mystery house... it's a mystery why anyone would pay to go there. The fried chicken was mediocre and the "salad" was sliced fried chicken on limp lettuce with some kind of watery dressing with lots of cilantro to "spice it up." The desserts were tiring. I don't get it. Plus, the line was way down the block. The best thing is that they are next to Scream ice cream, so do yourself a favor, while standing in line at least stop in to scream and have something that all the hype is right about.

Visited August 2012
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