The above sandwich is Bakesale Betty’s fried chicken sandwich. In our household, it is a sandwich categorized as “legendary.” Nothing beats it. We just kick ourselves for not discovering Bakesale Betty’s and her fried chicken sandwich sooner.
Just look at the picture–that’s absolute food porn!
Let’s look at it from another angle:
See the layers? The buttermilk drenched fried chicken breast? The tangy spicy cole slaw? The wonderful Acme torpedo roll? It all adds up to a series of heavenly bites. Much has been made of the sandwich’s nearly 1,000 calorie total, but it is worth every calorie. Just eat a light dinner and/or take a walk. Or eat half a sandwich. Nothing good in life is free, right?
(and a note: they often sell out of sandwiches everyday by 2pm, so do not dawdle).
And because the name of the place is “Bakesale Betty’s,” the fried chicken sandwich is not the only wonderful thing to devour there. There are numerous baked goods that top the charts, such as their chicken pot pie.
According to our household chicken pot pie aficionado and fan, it’s a tremendously yummy chicken pot pie. It has a wonderfully flaky crust. So flaky, that I’m going to try their pies. I’d have tried them by now, but I’m pacing myself. And quite honestly, I can never avoid the fried chicken sandwich, thus hindering my progress with pastry consumption.
My husband, not known for liking dessert, likes their sticky date pudding:
Bakesale Betty’s is located on 51st and Telegraph avenues in Oakland–there is no sign on their store, but you’ll notice the line out the door. That’s how I noticed it at first (“What is that place? Everybody in the world is there everyday!”)
Don’t take as long as I did to check it out. And oh, about that line? It goes fairly quickly,Bakesale Betty’s has their process down very well…and they give out samples to those waiting in line. I’m not talking little bites, either–but ENTIRE cookies. When I’ve gone, I’ve seen them hand out ginger cookies, pecan cookies, and mega pieces of their wonderful lemon bars.
Plus, when you get to order, you’ll encounter the charming staff, some of whom will you address you by, “My love.” You can never hear that phrase enough in life. You’ll walk out with both your stomach and heart full.
Recipe for Bakesale Betty’s fried chicken sandwich follows after the jump…