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Best Desserts (2012)
434 Alvarado St., Monterey
The breakfast, lunch and dinner plates are loaded down with big portions of staples like omelets, sandwiches, steaks and pastas. So it only follows that the desserts hold up their end of the big food (and flavor) bargain. Rosine’s desserts include teetering towers of peanut butter and lemon cream cake, chocolate cream cheese and orange cake, cookies-and-cream and pumpkin cheesecake; heapings of fruit cobbler, deep wells of shakes; homemade cookies; pies to make your eyes go wide, including Snickers and ollalaberry; and an assortment of stuff baked daily that you just have to show up to see. If your meal doesn’t make you rethink your diet, one of these beloved desserts, loaded with old-school caloric sweetness, will pound that reset button.