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Bakesale Betty
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5098 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA 94609
5098 Telegraph AveUSCAOakland94609
$Cafe, BakeryToday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 11:00 am – 2:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 2:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 2:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pmSunday Closed
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Lunchtime bakery is a popular take-out stop for hefty fried chicken sandwiches & classic desserts.- Google
People talk about fried chicken sandwich, strawberry shortcake, ironing boards, baked goods and cole slaw
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Mike Wilson
reviewed in the last week
THE best chicken sandwich I have ever had the pleasure of eating. The desserts are equally amazing. The staff is friendly and if you are lucky enough to grab a table and eat outside you may just have one of the best days of your life!
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Jennifer Wong
reviewed a month ago
This is hands-down the best fried chicken sandwich I've ever had in my life. First of all, the chicken has an excellent spice. You don't notice it until your mouth is on fire. I liked to load it up with more Louisiana hot sauce. Second, the slaw is what makes this sandwich what it is. It is not doused in mayo or drippy. It's both fresh and refreshing. It has a good bite because of the acidity level. Third, the sandwich uses an Acme torpedo bun. I am not a huge fan of the torpedo bun because I don't like the hard, crusty ends that filling never gets to, but it works in this instance. It doesn't get soggy or lose its shape. It's a nice, hardy bread that actually holds the insides. Of the bread, slaw, and chicken, my favorite component is the slaw. That is why I often just order the fried chicken salad, which is the fried chicken on a large bed of slaw with no bread. They also have a brisket sandwich which is pretty good and is good with horseradish sauce. And of course, this is a bakery, so they have awesome baked goodies too! You can catch a glimpse of Betty and her blue hair sometimes.
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Will Kivinski
reviewed 7 months ago
I've been here a dozen or so times over the years. Just imagine for a moment: A Sunny Day in Oakland, Ironing Boards, A Long Line, A Live Musician Working For Money. Oh and amazingly delicious Fried Chicken Sandwiches! Bakesale Betty is one of those places that does one thing really well and streamlines operations to serve as many people as possible. They try to have fun while they're at it. The chicken sandwich is a fried chicken breast with oil-based jalapeno cole slaw (as opposed to mayo-based) on an acme sandwich roll. I suggest grabbing a packet or two of Franks Red Hot on the side with your sandwich. If you're watching carbs, you can get a "salad" version minus the bun. They sell a few baked goods, including cookies and strawberry shortcake. If the line is long, they'll occasionally hand out free cookies or drinks while you wait. A nice customer service gesture! My only gripe with them is their consistency. I've been a couple of times where the chicken was dry and overcooked. It doesn't happen often, but it's a shame when it does. Also, I wish the rolls were toasted because that would elevate the sandwich up a notch! Grab a seat at an Ironing Board with a friend or sit down with people you don't know and make new friends!
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Alyx Barranger
reviewed a month ago
Very solid food, but didn't live up to the hype. I had heard of Bakesale Betty about 5 months ago from a co-worker who lives in the area and EVERYONE (I mean everyone) I mentioned it to said that this was going to be the best friend chicken sandwich I had ever had. It was good, and I don't regret eating it, but it definitely wasn't the best. We got there right when it opened and there was already a line outside even though it was a rainy day. Took about 5-10 minutes to get through the line which was fine. The employees are very friendly which made the experience pleasant. It was kind of tough to figure out where to actually eat since they only have outdoor seating and it was raining, so that was a bummer. The sandwich itself definitely had some good flavor to it. It was a little spicy, but not in an unpleasant way. I enjoyed the slaw that they used as well. My favorite part was the fried chicken itself, but the sandwich had way too much bun. I can definitely understand the more recent reviews which apparently note a downsizing of the chicken. The sandwich would have been a lot better with more of it. However, in the end, I enjoyed it hence the 4 stars. Not a place I would crave and drive all the way out to, but if you are in the area, it is worth at least one visit.
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Sandeep Chaudhari
reviewed 4 months ago
There's not a tastier fried chicken sandwich on this planet. Sure it's a hole in the wall and the line is ridiculously long but once you have their sandwich or baked goods you'll stop making such stupid observations. Be careful though, as it may be habit forming. Just made myself hungry writing this review. I'll see you guys later...
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Dan Shick
reviewed 5 months ago
That's one heck of a fried chicken sandwich. It's almost worth waiting in that long, long line and eating on an ironing board. I've withheld the fifth star, because places with great food but which lack the ability to vend it quickly, and a place to eat it, drive me a little nuts. So arrive early, grab a sammie and eat it somewhere else, and you'll be happy as a clam.


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