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Jun 21, 2007 11:27 PM

Bakesale Betty (oakland) : Love at first Bite

OMG! This place is amazing. Thanks to Mike (Betty's husband) for a great first trip. I decided to make a stop there on my way home yesterday and was greeted by a thankfully short line and some of the best service and attitude i've seen anywhere.

Mike's the first person I met, and he immediately noticed my bedazzled and inquiring face and asked what I'd like. And so mentioning that it was my first time and didn't know quite yet what I wanted, he immediately offered my a free ginger cookie. One of the best if not the best I've had in a long while. chewy, not too gingery and I think it had a bit of a zing to it.

Mike proceeded to say I should try a couple things and asked if I had family and just as quickly started to fill up a bag full of stuff, including a whole chicken pot pie, strawberry shortcake, apricot pie slice and by that time I realized he meant to give me all that as a freebie. Ecstatic beyond belief and by that time with my mouth hanging open all the while stuff my face with the cookie, I somehow managed to squeak out thank you thank you that's enough and stopped him before sending on my way because I really wanted to buy something from him for all his generosity.

I simply couldn't resist the cookies so I bought half a dozen Oatmeal Raisins, a couple Gingers and the first tempting looking ginger pear scone I saw when I first entered. We chatted a bit, inquired about the fried chicken sandwich (which i sadly found out and later remembered that I already had heard was only served for lunch) and before finally sending me on my way with two bags full of goodies he asked me where I worked and with how many co-workers and said he'd be happy to drop off lunch sometime, just call his business card.

Needless to say, I left with quite an impression along with a mouth full of cookie and I started into the strawberry shortcake before I left the parking lot across the street. Seriously, outstanding service is the best marketing tool. Easily a customer for life on my very first bite.

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  1. The staff/owners really are very nice and helpful in a smart but not too folksy way. Reasonable prices...but of course great goods. What I really like is that everything is very well balanced in an old fashion sort of way, not too rich or overpowering yet you taste what you're suppose to taste.

    1. Really, other businesses should use Bakesale Betty as a service model. The thing is that it is genuine. They really are happy to see you and get your business. Too many businesses act like they are doing you a favor taking your money.

      Also the freebies do suck you in. I always buy more than I intended. However, it is just real, more enthusiasm about what they sell. They know they are putting out a quality product and once you taste it, you'll buy more. Sort of you neighborhood drug dealer ... only with sweets ... once you get hooked you gotta get more.

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      1. re: rworange

        Just yet another person who worships at the strawberry shortcake feet of Bakesale Betty. And those chicken sandwiches at lunch!!! Oh god, gotta go get my fix for the day.

        1. re: newlycrazed

          Yup. Love the place. Amazing chicken pot pies and incredibly nice people. I've been raving about this place to my husband (he's a scone addict but has never been) so we stopped by the other day and they were closed. But Mike saw the disappointment in our eyes, make us a table on the sidewalk and served us two teas and a strawberry shortcake...for free. But like the other post, sure they give away freebies, but it is more about a dedication to people and providing good eats. Can't beat that. I hope other businesses take note. By the way, my husband and I went back a few days later and ordered much more than we could eat (including a frozen pot pie and a few scones) and he's now a true fan.

          1. re: girlfromberkeley

            I can't believe I lived in the East Bay (1.3 miles away) for two years before someone told me about it. I must have driven past hundreds of times (noticing the dog park across the boulevard). The food is wonderful and they are alwaus happy and helpful...tell us when you eat that chicken pot pie!

        2. re: rworange

          We went to her stand at the Claremont Farmer's Market on a Sunday morning and they gave us a whole bread just for a sample! Of course once we tasted it we bought three more to take home.

        3. I know those ginger pear scones. SERIOUSLY that was the best scone I've ever had and I'm a baker. ginger cookie also good, though I'm not crazy about the banana bread.

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          1. re: linz

            I agree on the banana bread, it's pretty bad. I bought a loaf for $6 once and didn't like it at all. Brought it to work and nobody knew it was banana bread, one said it was a good coffee cake.

            I like their chocolate chip cookie & strawberry shortcake. I don't like scones, but I know others do.

            1. re: hhc

              I'm a big CCC fan as well. Didn't really dig the lemon bars (I know many people love them). I had a piece of nectarine pie the other day and it was outstanding...hoping some seasonal peach pie is coming soon.

              Do they make coconut macaroons...or is it a seasonal item?

              1. re: ML8000

                Their pie is amazing, it's the best pie that I've had in the Bay Area.

                I wish they made muffins, because I bet the search for the perfect blueberry muffin would be over.

                1. re: JasmineG

                  You know you're right, BB's pie is the best I've ever had in the BA. The crust is the best I've ever had and fruit was perfect (not gooey or too sweet).

          2. When my twins could barely talk, they could say "banana bread" thanks to Bakesale Betty and their wonderful samples.

            1. Since I've been eating out for the last couple of days, only today have I had a chance to grab a bite to eat at home, so of course I had to have that Chicken Pot Pie I got from BB.

              Super convenient, the directions were stickered right on the box it came in. From a frozen state, pre-heat and pop it right in the over at 350degrees and put the timer on for 1.5 hours (1.25 hrs unfrozen). what could be simpler. Mmmmm...and what a wonderful smell going into the 75th minute. Only gave it about 10 minutes to sit and cool before I tore into it.

              I didn't measure it with a ruler or anything, but it's a sizeable pie. Approximately 8" in diameter and about 1.5" to 2" thick I would say. Light buttery, but not oily pastry crust, nice bite size chunks of white and dark meat chicken (mostly light), celery, carrots, onions etc. Watching the steam come off of the first slice I nearly drooled onto my plate, and it is indeed tasty. Savory, but not overly salty, which is my usual complaint with CPP. If you were to cut the pie into about 6 slices, I finished off about 1slice. Which was just right for me. I think in a dinner setting, you could easily serve 5 to 6 people with 1 pie. A great deal.

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              1. re: nicedragonboy

                Thanks for your initial post and follow up. How much is the CPP?


                  1. re: Carb Lover

                    $6 for the individuals. Call first as I did today and found they had them or preorder.
                    The large was delicious but with a 2 person household I had to feed the neighbors.]
                    Neighbor's response, kudos to Betty