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Is This the Super Bowl of Sandwiches? Food Porn Alert!


Is This the Super Bowl of Sandwiches? Food Porn Alert!

Today Huffington Post announced the top 10 sandwiches in the United States and coming in at number 5 was Oakland’s own Bakesale Betty’s chicken sandwich. In 2009 I wrote about Bakesale Betty’s on LiveJournal and I dug it up so anyone who had not read it could also have food orgasms along with me.




May 7th, 2009 at 3:42 PM

I got to walk past Bakesale Betty’s on the corner of 51st and Telegraph today. It doesn’t not matter if it’s pouring rain or the winds are hurricane strength; there is always a line up out the door and down the street past the ironing boards and chairs she has out there to eat on.

Bakesale Betty was founded by Alison Barakat in January 2002 and Barakat moved to the Bay Area from Australia in 2000 and cooked at Chez Panisse Cafe for 3 years. There is no menu to speak of, just one giant white poster board that they hand write what’s for ‘eatin’ every day. The staple is the chicken sandwich- that is like no other,  =along with chicken pot pie and of course the desserts.

Let me Entertain you for a moment:

Betty’s Banana Bread
Moist and delicious made with fresh bananas and honey.

Betty’s Brownies
Fudgey and delicious, Betty’s Brownies are classic.

Betty’s Famous Scones
Apricot almond, lemon raisin, and pear ginger scones


Betty’s Ginger Cookies
Spicy and chewy with chunks of crystallized Australian ginger.

Betty’s Lemon Bars
Made with fresh lemons.. A delicious buttery crust is perfect with the tart, lemony…

Betty’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
A buttery cookie with plump, juicy raisins, and walnuts. Often referred to as the best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

Betty’s Vanilla Shortcakes
Tender classic vanilla shortcakes wonderful with whipped cream and fresh berries.

Are you still with me?

When I got home I had to write about this because I have celiac disease and have to get it out of my system. Celiac Disease = no flour, no gluten, and no fun, but I love Betty’s and went there once and ate just the chicken and the coleslaw. It was that profound, and I was ready to get sick over her food.

So, back to today; I am walking down 51st and quickly approaching Betty’s. I see her and one of her co- workers bringing in the supplies through the back door. Boxes and boxes of fresh strawberries, huge bags of flour, and my stomach starts churning and I know I cannot eat it. I try to close my eyes, I walk faster, I increase the speed and then it happens.

Because I am not watching; I bump into a patron sitting at one of the ironing boards. I look down and what do I see but a hot Bakesale Betty’s Chicken sandwich filled with crispy buttermilk-soaked, cayenne pepper-spiced fried chicken. To make it worse a vanilla shortbread with tons of fresh sliced strawberries and a huge dollop of creme fraiche is next to the sandwich. I begin to walk faster now and I am screaming inside and all I want to do is yell,

“Darn you Betty! Darn you for making stuff that everyone loves – and I can’t eat it!”

What can I do?

How can I get this longing for Betty out of my system?

The only possible solution is to write about it and provide video so everyone else can suffer along with me. That seems only fair!

If you are in the area head on down to Bakesale Betty
Tuesday – Saturday
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland.

They’re  at the SE corner of Telegraph and 51st in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood. And no, I am not related to anyone there.. such a shame!

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