A daily throng of lanky, unshaven guys and stroller-wielding moms have made this cramped corner bakery the center of life in Temescal, and no wonder. With an electric-blue frightwig and a sunny disposition, Bakesale Betty (aka Alison Barakat, a Chez Panisse alum) bakes up perfect ginger cookies, Australian sticky date pudding capable of inducing ecstatic sugar-shock, and what may be the tenderest scones on the planet. Slaw-blanketed fried chicken sandwiches are the stuff of neighborhood legend.
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Extra Info: Barakat says that 95% of her ingredients (some organic) are sourced from farmers markets. Participates in the Community Alliance for Family Farmers' "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" campaign.