Telegraph Avenue and 51st Street is the most happening corner in the East Bay these days, thanks to Bakesale Betty’s fried chicken sandwiches ($7.25) — hot chicken breast with thick, crunchy, golden brown crust on an Acme roll piled with a juicy slaw of cabbage, onions and jalapeños dressed in olive oil and vinegar. The line never stops, but mountains of hot chicken breasts keep appearing, so no one has to wait.
The clerks place sandwiches on cookie sheets along with irresistible fresh fruit pies, ginger cookies, strawberry shortcake and slushy house-made lemonade. Patrons take their trays outside to eat on the sidewalk under trees at low metal ironing-board tables and stools. If you ask for a piece of, say, fresh peach pie, the counter people will throw in a slice of plum pie, or a cookie or a spectacular lemon bar. They pull you in with fried chicken sandwiches and turn youon to their crumbly scones and excellent banana bread.
Bakesale Betty’s, 5098 Telegraph Ave., Oakland; (510) 985-1213; www.bakesalebetty.com
Yogurt bar at Union
Connoisseurs are celebrating the opening of a new shop that makes frozen yogurt with the tang and natural flavor of real yogurt. Light, bright and low fat, the yogurt is lovely with summery fresh raspberries, strawberries or blueberries. Yogurt Bar yogurt, like the phenomenon of Pinkberry in Los Angeles, is worth a detour.
Yogurt Bar, 2760 Octavia St., San Francisco; (415) 441-2585; www.yogurtbarsf.com.