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Tastings along Telegraph Ave. in Oakland

anli | Feb 21, 200612:56 AM

I had an errand that took me near the Temescal District last week and though it was close to 1:30, I stopped at Bakesale Betty's in hopes of a fried chicken sandwich. No luck, all sandwiches were sold out, but I got 2 chicken pot pies, a lemon-raison scone and a lamington. The pot pies were happily consumed by my son and husband later in the day, but I ate the lamington right away. Even though I'm not a coconut fan, the lightness of the sponge cake and the chocolate frosting won me over.

I walked down to the Temescal Cafe for a quick panini sandwich - turkey and provolone that was barely warm inside, with red peppers and lettuce but absolutely no dressing or mustard or flavor. It was very disappointing. I only ate half of it. My car was parked in front of the Genova Deli and I decided to order another sandwich there, to erase the memory of the first one. During peak lunch hour, the line is nearly out the door, but at 2:15 the wait was only 10 minutes. I asked for shrimp salad on a sourdough roll, without onions or peppers. The elderly man who made my sandwich worked slowly and deliberately. He was obviously a longtimer, because the fellow manning the cash register asked him to feel a hundred dollar bill tendered by a customer to make sure it was genuine. This man knows how to make a perfect sandwich. The shrimp were small but fresh and sweet, the sourdough roll was crunchy and mildly chewy at the same time. The accompaniments were applied in the right amounts so that you got the crunch and texture of the lettuce, tomatoes etc., but they didn't overwhelm the main ingredient. And it was an enormous sandwich for $6.50. I ate half of it and took the rest home. Next time I'm getting their hot meatball sub.

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