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Bakesale Betty- Fried chicken sandwich, am I missing something?

I was debating whether or not to post this, since this place is such an institution/cult hit, but i was disappointed with my fried chicken sandwich. I had been wanting to try this place for a long time, and had to go to the neighborhood to buy a car seat. I didn't want to stand in line or walk far for parking, but as luck would have it there was a spot right out front and no line. this was around 11:15. I ordered the sandwich with the slaw on the side in case it was too vinegary for my taste. Also got one of the frozen lemonades. Luckily they were out of brownies or I would have really blown my diet!

The chicken sandwich was cold and even after heaping slaw on it, it still felt dry. It as not bad per se but nothing amazing and I would definitely not go out of my way for it. In fact I'm not even sure I'd get it again. It just felt like it was missing something. I was going to just bring half home for hubby but after i had ordered mine per his request I went back in and got a second. We both wished later we had just shared one. On the positive note they gave us both a huge side of slaw, unfortuantly by the time I went to eat the leftovers the slaw had indeed become too vinegary.

Now the lemonade on the other hand, oh boy I will dream of that lemonade. might have been the best lemonade of my life and I love lemonade. I will go back for sure for that lemonade.

So are we crazy? What is the appeal? Is it one of those things that has just been hyped up to the point that it bound to be a let down?

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  1. It used to be a perfect sandwich. And then it got so much publicity that they make it in a lot more volume than they used to, and the sandwich has really suffered.

    1. I liked the FCS at BB but I found it dry side a long time ago. I wouldn't be surprised if it has suffered, that place is packed all the time. Anyway once they started offering the fried chicken salad, I've been getting that and that's been good but I only get it every couple of mouths. Maybe once the new location opens and the original store slows down, things will even out.

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      1. re: ML8000

        Where will the 2nd location be?

        1. re: kc72

          The new location is supposed to be in across the street from Luka's Taproom, I believe in the same building/development as Ozumo at Broadway and Grand.

          1. re: ML8000

            I think it's actually going to be on the other side of Broadway from Luka's/Ozumo. There's a building that's being renovated (next to Louisiana Fried Chicken). I peaked at the notice on the window, and the contact name said someone's name with a slash and the "Bakesale Betty" next to it.

            Good news for me - I work just a few blocks away. Though it looks like they still have quite some work to do.

      2. It is definitely a victim of it's success. . .it used to be phenomenal. . made to order with warm chicken and fresher slaw. I miss those days. I think it also might suffer from not having it's slaw on it so the slaw juices soak into the bread.

        That being said, I have to admit to adding mayo and freshly ground black pepper to it. . .

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        1. re: pastryqueen

          But, I tried it several years ago, so the fact that I was underwhelmed was not related to its popularity. I simply didn't get the concept -- fried chicken on bread? That's way too much bread-i-ness for me. Plus, I sort of thought one of the points of fried chicken was that you could pick it up and eat it without bread!

        2. Had the sandwich about a year ago & enjoyed it but not enough to go out of the way. OTOH, the strawberry shortcake was incredible!

          1. I don't think you missed anything. It might just not appeal to you. It is a very simple sandwich with no wow factor. The appeal comes from the quality of the ingredients and the more-than-the-sum-of-its-parts combination.

            But I do think your experience was altered by the special order and the absence of the brownie (or cookie, or shortbread, or other baked goodness). The slaw is the only source of moisture in the sandwich, and a key crunchy/tangy constrast to the bread and chicken. The sandwich is a bit short of salt for me, and my guess is the slaw is probably the only source of salt in the recipe.

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            1. re: BernalKC

              The slaw with slivers of jalapenos really makes the sandwich. If you don't like the slaw, you probably won't like the sandwich because that sets things off so to speak I like the slaw but have to agree that the sandwich was a bit too bready and that's why I started ordering the salad. I've noticed with the salad sometimes the slaw is better then other times, tossed and put together better. I think FCS is a victim of its own success.

              1. re: ML8000

                I agree, I never understood the hype. The sandwich is good, but not great. I appreciate the high quality ingredients, but have always thought it lacked flavor and is too dry.

                1. re: calalilly

                  Yes, me as well. I always expected more flavor and kick.