Road tripping San Diego to Catalina
My partner and I are going to be Chow-ing up the coast of southern California for a week in late June, starting out in San Diego, spending a couple of days in La Jolla and Catalina Island apiece, and leaving from LA.
We're looking for cheap good eats, particularly good Mexican choices (being Canadian, our options for good Mexican food are pretty slim), and would prefer to avoid the tourist traps, although we sure wouldn't turn down any recommendations.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Alfonso's has great nachos and marg's..big enough to split..not the marg!
Jose Court Room..decent and a good time.. oceanview from some of the tables at the windows.
El Pescador for a fab fish sandwich is one of the best ever.
Happy hour at the Crab Catcher/Roppongi/Sushi on the Rock
Eric's at the pier for a great cheeseburger and fries and the coldest beer..buffalo nickel has a great happy hour by the heli-port..
I like drinking/eating/snorkeling at Descanso Beach.
Make sure you have a buffalo milk..great local cocktail
Hi PayOrPlay, we are leaving from Long Beach -- I haven't seen any recommendations for near there, so any thoughts you may have would be much appreciated. Also, do you know if there are good provisions stores on Catalina? Perhaps we could just prepare our own lunches at least. Thanks!
Since you are leaving out of Long Beach and have a hankering for good Mexican food you have what they call a serendipitous situation here. Enrique's in Long Beach is a wonderful place for Mexican food. Excellent chips and salsa to start and then their pork shank or their take on chile rellenos are both wonderful. But even their shredded beef taco's, etc. will be worth the wait.
Enriques Mexican Restaurant
6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90803
Phone: (562) 498-3622
Quality food in Avalon is tough to find (after 35 years there I should know).
Try Villa Portofino for dinner ... a refined atmosphere with decent food.
For breakfast or lunch, a somewhat "hidden" spot is the Casino Dock Cafe out by the casino. Very pleasant place to be on a Summer day (all tables are outside; you order at a counter and they bring your order out; good value; good food).
There's a good breakfast burrito at the Downtown Long Beach ferry station. In Avalon, I'd recommend doing the early bird dinner out at the Catalina Country Club.