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If not Bakesale Betty's, where for lunch?

Sarah May 11, 2007 05:52 PM

Line was out the door and we didn't have that much time. So where else for lunch in the area? Won't tell you where we ended up, but the filet-o-fish sandwich (no cheese) was fabulous, as were the fries.

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    Thomas P May 18, 2007 05:07 PM

    I'm a fan of the chicken tacos at Pico Paco, on the other side of Telegraph and a block or two south.
    Lanesplitter down around 47th or 48th and telegraph also does a nice basic pizza lunch special, and they're usually not too busy around that time.

    1. crispypork May 15, 2007 02:27 PM

      It's down and dirty, but still a great dog: Top Dog in the lobby of the Long's drugstore at Pleasant Valley and 51st.

      1. lexdevil May 11, 2007 10:38 PM

        You can head down Telegraph a few blocks for a nice Korean lunch at Sahn Maru (at 43rd). A block or so before that you can have Korean Vietnamese food (pho, bun, rice plates) at Kang Nam Pho House. Both are on the west side of the street.

        If you are willing to head a bit further out of the neighborhood, but want to stay on Telegraph, you can have super Ethiopian food at Cafe Colucci (Telegraph at Alcatraz), also on the west side of the street.

        If you were to ask Betty (Allison) where to go for a great chicken sandwich other than her own, she'd send you to Cam Huong Deli on Webster in Oakland Chinatown for the curried chicken banh mi w/ chili peppers. Nowhere near the chicken experience of Betty's sandwich, but it does share some of the same wow factors (crunchy veg, interplay of warm and cold, a bit of spice, a balance of richness and sharpness, and a nice roll). And the price ($2.75 I think) can't be beat.

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          Armoise May 11, 2007 06:23 PM

          I like the fish tacos at La Calaca Loca (diagonally across 51st behind the pawnshop.)

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            rworange May 11, 2007 07:35 PM

            La Cala Loca is a good choice, diagnolly across the street from Bakesale Betty in the strip mall with the check cashing place. Next door to it Cafe Pipo has good antipasta salads. The chicken is a pretty good deal. Never have tried the pastries there but read they were good.

            1. re: rworange
              oaklandfoodie May 15, 2007 11:20 AM

              I think the burger at Pippo is excellent, as is the Mac and Cheese.

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            ML8000 May 11, 2007 06:02 PM

            Genova Deli, across the street in the Walgreen mall is very good. The line can get pretty hairy as well for the same reason, it's good and people know about it.

            1. Scott M May 11, 2007 05:59 PM

              Dopo on Piedmont Ave

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                rabaja May 11, 2007 06:04 PM

                If you're going to defect and head over to Piedmont Ave, there's lots to choose from actually. The greek place has good chicken and Gregoire supposedly is doing good things (haven't been to that location).
                If I were at BB's and desperate for a second choice, I'd probably just cross the street and order a low-brow house turkey sandwich at Genoa...with a little bit of salami thrown in too.

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                  lexdevil May 11, 2007 10:42 PM

                  That's just how I get it! The house baked turkey breast w/ either sopressata or hot coppa. Skip the mayo in favor of oil and vinegar and that's a great sandwich.

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