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“Best chicken sandwich by far!!!!!” 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 #17 of 1,066 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bakery
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Oakland, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best chicken sandwich by far!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Betty is a lovely woman with a blue wig and works so hard, along with all her co-workers. Great idea using ironing boards to sit outside and eat!

Visited November 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Oustanding Sandwich”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Waited in a long line about 300 people deep to get this grub and it did not disappoint at all. The strawberry shortcake was good but not much of a dessert guy but the tenderness and juiciness of the chicken breast was simply amazing.

I will be back to stand in the long line again because I know what deliciousness waits on the other side. Two 7 mile walks to get rid of it though but should ne problem in the Bay area.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oakland, California
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7 restaurant reviews
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“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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Berkeley, California
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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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