In college, I was a little dramatic. I felt as though my world had changed when I first had Bakesale Betty’s fried chicken sandwich. To be fair, it’s damned good, and thousands — literally thousands — of people confirm this. I, however, took it a bit too far when I cried real, earnest tears over their food. One afternoon, Jay and I were just about to leave for Bakesale Betty when I checked their website and discovered that they would be closed once we’d arrived. I was so disappointed (and maybe hormonal) that I actually teared up a bit, totally freaking out Jay. He promptly took me to get my fix elsewhere, but it just wasn’t the same.
While Bakesale Betty’s fried chicken is truly superb (moist and crispy, but not greasy or heavy), I’d argue that the true star of the show is the bed upon which it rests. The cabbage jalapeno coleslaw is absolutely fantastic: tart, tangy and spicy. I’ve recreated the slaw many times for various potlucks (as shown below, significantly dialing down the olive oil and adjusting the recipe by taste), and its brightness and lightness is always a hit. In fact, nowadays I opt for the fried chicken salad, rather than the sandwich, for more of that green goodness. I might not cry over Bakesale Betty any more (and for that, I am glad), but it doesn’t mean I love her any less.
5098 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
P.S. You might notice that the lead photo is suspiciously clearer than my previous snapshots. I’ve now officially started using my powerful little point-and-shoot, the Canon G15, and it’s such a pleasure! While my iPhone has yielded convenient, totally passable photos (see second photo), there’s no denying that a real life camera is a total upgrade, both performance- and product-wise.