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Brunch on Catalina Island?

Twobirds Mar 3, 2012 08:40 PM

I'm heading to Catalina Island with a group of six. Any suggestions for Sunday brunch?

  1. wienermobile Mar 6, 2012 10:09 AM

    I have always liked Original Jacks Country Kitchen. Nice breakfast. The islands diner.

    Original Jacks Country Kitchen & Bakery
    118 Catalina Ave, Avalon, CA 90704

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      jencounter Mar 6, 2012 09:46 AM

      Yes, pack a lunch and take it along. The island is a culinary wasteland.

      And if you've a hankering for ice cream, you'd better like Dryers because that's all there is.

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      1. re: jencounter
        Mr Taster Mar 6, 2012 09:50 AM

        Mostly, yes. But I was surprised by the $1 tacos at the place across from the golf course.


        Mr Taster

        1. re: jencounter
          Beach Chick Mar 6, 2012 09:56 AM

          I've been going to Avalon and Two Harbors for over 40+ years and it's not a culinary wasteland.
          There are some decent places to eat.

          Portofino for dinner is one of our fave's...Buffalo Nickel by the Heli-port..El Galleon for fine dining and Descanso beach for buffalo milks and app's.

          It's an island with so much charm...and that $1 taco place is great..especially after playing 18 holes with cheap beer and damn good tacos!

          Nothing like sitting at Eric's at the pier for a cold one and a cheeseburger and watching the tourists go by.

          1. re: Beach Chick
            Mr Taster Mar 6, 2012 10:11 AM

            I do think jencounter has a point re: the Dryers Dilemma.

            There's no reason why a homemade ice cream place on the beach wouldn't do gangbusters in the summer months.

            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster
              Beach Chick Mar 6, 2012 10:33 AM

              Big Olaf always has a banging business..don't know if they only sell Dreyer's..
              Friends have resto's in Avalon and it's a very expensive place to do business and you don't have a 12 month window like other retailers.
              I agree that a homemade ice cream place would kill it but I doubt it pencils out unless you had a cart vs brick and mortar storefront.
              In regards to bringing your own sack lunch to Avalon, imho, that is crazy...go to Von's or get a sandwich at Lori's..

              1. re: Mr Taster
                ipsedixit Mar 6, 2012 08:15 PM

                But then what do you do the other 6 months of the year when it's cold, wet and/or dreary and overcast?

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  Mr Taster Mar 7, 2012 07:38 AM

                  Welcome to life in the rest of the United States.


                  Mr Taster

                  1. re: Mr Taster
                    Beach Chick Mar 7, 2012 08:23 AM

                    This is an island 26 miles off the coast of one of the biggest cities in the US.
                    It's more of a vacation spot for us Southern Californians who can either take our boat over or take the ferry.
                    It shuts down on its own accord by it's local residents.

          2. Beach Chick Mar 6, 2012 06:51 AM

            Not much on Avalon but for brunch I like the Catalina Country Club...make reservations.
            More casual there is Armstrong's and Descanso Beach Club around the Casino and on the beach...fun time and make sure you have a buffalo milk.

            1. wienermobile Mar 3, 2012 10:14 PM

              This link may help

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              1. re: wienermobile
                Chandavkl Mar 3, 2012 10:17 PM

                Older thread is consistent with Ipsedixit's suggestion. It's a really small town so one wouldn't expect anything fabulous.


              2. ipsedixit Mar 3, 2012 08:48 PM

                Bring your own food. Either Mozza2Go or BLD would be good choices. Maybe even ink.sack for sandwiches.

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                1. re: ipsedixit
                  AAQjr Mar 6, 2012 10:05 AM

                  I really wanted to like ink.sack.. but it's really not that good

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