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Best Carwash (2012)
El Estero Carwash
590 Fremont St., Monterey 373-1801, www.elesterocarwash.com
Spring’s in the air, and that makes mama want to roll out her ride and cruise down the coast. Papa wants to pull the top down and rev a little muscle. But Mama and Papa can’t do either unless they’ve first rolled through El Estero. We think they park the hot cars up front on purpose. Then again, even the saddest rides roll out of this hand-job-only joint looking hot. Get in line early on a sunny day. Nobody does it better than these folks. And they promise satisfaction in 20 minutes. If you have a few more, stick around for a wax. The rubdown is one of their best services.