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“45 minute wait in line for $9.68 fried chicken sandwich that may run out. Seriously?” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bakesale Betty

Bakesale Betty
5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-2014
510-985-1213
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Ranked #20 of 1,047 restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bakery
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San Francisco, California
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“45 minute wait in line for $9.68 fried chicken sandwich that may run out. Seriously?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Been going to Betty's for several years now. The place has changed a lot: longer lines as the myth has grown and how this sandwich is now on TV shows and is not replicated well; the place has been remodeled in that there is no counter or display case. No menu really and no prices. They open only for a few hours each day and no longer for the morning crowd. Therefore no more scones or coffee. Now it's a mad crush of hipsters who come in, see a counter where they order and all the prep is happening in the back where we can't see. Occasionally Allison the now wealthy owner with the blue wig will come out, but no more free cookies either. For some reason this business has been schizophrenic in how it even stays open. It doesn't want to be very successful since it probably recoups all its costs in the mere two or three hours it's open. Or -- maybe it's the exhorbitant price for its most important item. That fried chicken sandwich is now a whipping $9.68. It used to be around $6 not long ago. Then $7 then $7.50. Since food bloggers and foodies obsessed about this place so much the price just had to go up.

How has the sandwich held up? It's still very good and the jalapeno mayo-less slaw apparently can now be ordered as a side too. But there's way too much of it. The Acme soft roll is terrific. Also ordered a masterful strawberry shortcake for $5.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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71 reviews 71 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Even for the ones who do not like sandwiches!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I don't really like sandwiches and I don't like fried, but I am sold on Bakesale Betty. OMG, the fried chicken is the bomb... perfectly fried, not greasy at all and the chicken is so tender. The bun is soft and the cole slaw has just the right kick to it... not too spicy, not too bland. The line is worth it, although if you go at 11 or so, not much of a line. If you show up at 12, definitely a 30-40 min wait, but hey, its worth it!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Underhill, Vermont
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“One item on menu; always a like; worth it...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Actually two items on the menu, there is also a tofu chicken sandwich... There is always a line and they are open only 11am to 2pm but the line moves fast. You get your fried chicken on a fresh hard roll with jalapeno slaw, slightly spicy, in a bag and go outside to eat it. We crossed the street to sit in the sun and really enjoyed the best fried chicken breast sandwich ever.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oakland
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“Fried chicken and coleslaw - yum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I have made their coleslaw many times -but I don't think they gave the full recipe to the newspaper. Only open a short time during the day and no signage with the name. You really have to be "in the know" to get lunch here. It is very tasty.

Visited September 2012
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“Over hyped but good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

Simple enough. Only one sandwich on the menu. Tasted fine, but nothing special. Certainly can do better for the price and definitely not worth driving out of your way for.

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