Where do Monterey locals go when they need to indulge their sweet tooth? Whether they’re munching on decadent chocolates, chewing on some salt water taffy, or spooning luscious lava cakes, the locals know the best spots to get a sugar high.
Rosines Restaurant on Alvarado Street has seen its desserts voted the best in Monterey County 18 years and running. An entire menu is devoted to various pies, cakes (of the traditional, cream, fruit, and cheese variety), cookies, cobblers, and brownies. There really is no sugar shortage at Rosines.
You know Parker-Lusseau Pastries is devoted to desserts thanks to the inclusion of “pastry” in its name. Mixing whimsy with wonderful flavors, Parker-Lusseau invites visitors to load up on chocolates, cupcakes, tarts, petite fours, and confections of every shape and size, many of which are made with local ingredients such as California fruits and nuts.
Forget See’s and grab a box of signature sweets from Lula’s Chocolates. This artisanal chocolatier shop hand-crafts each of its caramels, nut clusters, truffles, toffees, butter cremes, and Aloha Rocky Road, a crunch and creamy mix of homemade marshmallows and macadamia nuts.