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Best Desserts

Golden West Café

1105 W. 36th. St., (410) 889-8891

Posted 9/22/2004

There are lamentably few restaurants in Baltimore that boast their own pastry chefs, and as a result dessert in this town is pretty predictable. It’s just damn unfair that in order to get a really great ending to a meal you got to shell out major bucks to eat someplace like Charleston or Soigne. Reasonable restaurants with otherwise good food seem to just kind of nod off during dessert time, either serving the same uninspired crème brûlées or death-by-chocolate whatevers. Which is why we are such enthusiastic fans of the homemade cakes at Golden West. Wow. They’re made for the restaurant by a local Hampden lady, Miss Rose, who sure knows what she’s doing. The lofty layers are moist and substantial without being dense, and the rich, velvety frosting is nothing less than a work of art. Every time we polish our cake plate of the last few crumbs of good ol’ yellow cake with chocolate icing, or the to-die-for mocha-iced chocolate cake, we reflect how fantastic desserts don’t need to be fancy—just good

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Other Awards for Best Desserts:

Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop, 9/17/2003

Patisserie Poupon, 9/19/2001

Sotto Sopra, 9/13/2000

Haussner's, 9/15/1999

Haussner's, 9/17/1997

Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop, 9/18/1996

All Awards for Golden West Café:

Best Chicken Quesadillas, 9/19/2007

Best Bar for Nonsmokers, 9/20/2006

Best Bloody Mary, 9/21/2005

Best Breakfast, 9/18/2002

Best Place to Eat Alone, 9/19/2001

Best Frito Pie, 9/15/1999

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