We recently headed to Oakland to try Bakesale Betty on a recommendation.
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Good, not great. (Ginger cookie was great!).
Come earlier, line gets long, but service is fast.
Tues – Sat 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
I was told they had a killer fried chicken sandwich so I decided to venture out to Oakland with Dennis and try it. When we got there (around 11:50 a.m.) there was only one other person in line. Their menu is written on butcher paper taped to the wall both outside and inside. They only have 2 choices: fried chicken sandwich and fried tofu sandwich. They also have a few cookies and some drinks (I hear they also have desserts such as strawberry shortcake when in season). We ordered and within a minute we got our food, there are 3 people prepping the sandwiches so they come out very quick, I appreciated the efficiency.
There are a few tables outside (they are basically painted wooden ironing boards and some stools-more stools than tables). Since there is no fun way to sit on a stool and try to eat a sandwich while holding the box, we decided to wait until a table opened up. Thankfully, a couple left within five minutes (maybe they were done or maybe I was just giving them an evil eye for long enough). Although the ironing board follows along with the theme (and by theme I only mean I checked out their website before and it seems “Bakesale Betty” has the whole 50s look going on), but they were super uncomfortable. The iron boards are thin width-wise so you have to sit staggered with the person in front of you because two sandwich boxes don’t fit comfortably. They also don’t feel very sturdy which doesn’t help the situation. I would suggest taking it to go and eating it elsewhere, but since we didn’t know the area our options were limited (plus when you’re hungry, waiting more time to eat doesn’t sound fun).
Another thing to be mindful of is that the location doesn’t have any signs, in fact there was a sign for a wine place right outside so at first we passed it. And then I saw the address number on the top and deduced we were at the right place. The whole outside is black and looks kind of abandoned, the give away was the people eating outside.
What we ate:
- Fried chicken sandwich ($7.75)
- Chocolate chip walnut cookie ($1.50)
- Ginger cookie ($1.50)
The sandwich has fried buttermilk chicken with a mayo-less coleslaw made of jalapenos, cabbage, celery, and onion. The coleslaw definitely made the sandwich and I really appreciated the spicy kick from the jalapeno. I personally think a little mayo would have made it less dry and a little tastier. I do have to say that the chicken was really well cooked because it was flavorful, juicy, and crispy. The bread also went really well with the sandwich. Overall, I enjoyed it, but I am not dying to go back. It was different and tasty, it just doesn’t make the top of my list. I did appreciate how filling it was and it did keep me full for a good portion of the day.
Since we couldn’t decide which cookie to order we decided to get two (because… why not?). We got the chocolate chip walnut and the ginger molasses. Both were super thin and quite large. I enjoyed the walnuts in the chocolate chip cookie, but the ginger molasses took it to another level. That is definitely one of the best cookies I have had in a while! It was chewy, soft and rich. You could taste the ginger and molasses with every bite and trust me it was divine!