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Soups at Bakesale Betty's

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precipice Nov 30, 2005 09:45 PM

Bakesale Betty's is now serving soups at lunch -- Potato Leek and Split Pea. "Betty" gave me a taste of the Potato Leek, and it was very yummy -- not a cream base, more like a thick chicken broth.

Perfect on a chilly winter afternoon.

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    oakjoan Nov 30, 2005 10:05 PM

    I'd been meaning to post about my visit to BB's. I went in on the morning before Thanksgiving to check them out after I'd done my shopping for my part in the next day.

    The place was jumping! It looked like about 6 people working like mad....I figure they did a big Thanksgiving dessert business.

    What surprised me was the lack of choice. That may have been due to the mad scene. They had about 4 types of cookies, three types of scones and some pumpking bread. Also some lemony tarty thingies.

    I bought an apricot and a ginger pear scone. Both were quite good but a little sweet for my taste. Maybe that's why I love the cheese scones at Arizmendi instead of the usual currant ones. I also bought a couple of slices of pumpkin bread which was very moist and springy and good, and two chocolate chip cookies with nuts. The cookies were the best. It's so nice to see cookies that don't look as if they've been stamped out by a machine. They were perfect.

    Do they usually have other stuff? Do you have to ask to get more choices? Was this just a mad rush day for them and they usually have more?

    Also, I was hoping for sandwiches but didn't see any or any mention of them anywhere. It was about 10:30 a.m. so maybe I was early. I'll have to give them a call to find out if one can get pot pies and sandwiches earlier than noon.

    But the biggest disappointment was not seeing the blue wig!!!! Wahhhhh.

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      Chestnut Nov 30, 2005 10:08 PM

      I think sometimes you have to ask to get more choices. If you're lucky, they'll have what you want in stock (but I'm not sure why they wouldn't set stuff out). For example, I asked for a sticky date pudding the other day even though they weren't out on display, and Betty's husband (?) pulled one out from the back for me.

      Nice place. One of my favorite new bakeries for sweets.

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        Ace Nov 30, 2005 11:25 PM

        The day before Thanksgiving was unusually nuts in there because they made pumpkin pies to order for the holiday. Normally, you can get grilled cheese, cheese and tomato, ham and cheese, or chicken sandwiches. Sometimes she has pork sandwiches, too. She usually has chicken pot pies as well.

        My two favorite things there are the ginger cookies (which she always has), and the sticky date pudding. But if you don't like things super-sweet, you might not like that.

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          oakjoan Nov 30, 2005 11:45 PM

          Thanks. I usually don't like overly sweet things but I do LUVVVVVV sticky date pud. I first had it in New Zealand about 6 years ago. I think my love for it is mixed in with my love of NZ.

          Will try asking next time.

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          precipice Dec 1, 2005 02:35 AM

          As Ace said, a bunch of people (including me) ordered pecan and pumpkin pies from Betty's and the day before Thanksgiving was all about those orders. The pies, by the way, were amazing.

          You should definitely try the fried chicken sandwich. Everyone I've talked into doing so loves them. The other sandwiches are good, and the pot pies are quite good, but I dream about the fried chicken sandwiches.

          Also, the chocolate cakes (when they make them) are very good.

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            precipice Dec 1, 2005 02:36 AM

            Oops -- and -- sandwiches are usually 11a-2p, I think.

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            Jim Dec 1, 2005 11:17 AM

            It would be helpful when people post a place that they include the location. At least the city that it's located in. Thanks

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              Mick Ruthven Dec 1, 2005 11:45 AM

              That's a frequent irritation for me also. But I don't think it's going to change much...

              Bakesale Betty
              5098 Telegraph Ave at 51st St
              Oakland
              Tues-Sat 7-4

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                KathyR Dec 1, 2005 04:06 PM

                I understand the frustration, but the website is extremely easy to find and Bakesale Betty's has been discussed a ton.

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                Morton the Mousse Dec 1, 2005 04:48 PM

                Next time you're frustrated, try a Google Local search. You don't need to know the city, because everything on this board is in or near San Francisco. In this case, you would enter "Bakesale Betty San Francisco" and Google will bring up a link to Bakesale Betty's contact info and web site. This doesn't work for everything, but it's still a very useful tool.

                Link: http://www.google.com/lochp?hl=en&...

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                  precipice Dec 2, 2005 12:18 AM

                  Sorry about that. I agree that it can be very irritating to hear about a new place and not know how far one would have to go to try it.

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                  Cindy in Novato Dec 1, 2005 03:10 PM

                  The split pea is also good. Again, it's more chicken broth based and thinner than a traditional split pea (or at least what I'm used to).

                  My coworker and I again split sandwiches - the fried chicken, and we also picked up the beef brisket (comes with coleslaw and a bit of horseradish). I got some scones for our other coworkers - the cranberry, the lemon raisin, and the apricot. They raved about all of them.

                  Kinda of empty at 11:45am this morning - I think the rain prevented the usual lunch rush.

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