Oakland’s Bakesale Betty is known for its iconic blue-haired owner, Alison Barakat; funky sidewalk tables made out of ironing boards; and the long lines for its mighty large fried chicken sandwich.
We went by the Telegraph Avenue location around 1:30 on a weekday, and the line was more than 20 people deep, so we turned around and drove a few minutes away to its new second location downtown. Surprisingly, we walked right in and had the sandwich in hand in just a few minutes, assembled by a Raiders-hat-sporting chef. The verdict: There’s not much to dislike about a giant slab of fried chicken in a soft roll mounded up with a borderline-ridiculous amount of slaw. We dumped a ton of hot sauce on it, split the sandwich, and still probably ate more than we needed to. It’s a sandwich worth eating, particularly if you don’t have to stand in line 20 minutes for it. Do the downtown location.
Bakesale Betty, Downtown
2228 Broadway, Oakland