Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Sep 28, 2012 08:16 AM

Catalina for a Day

Any ideas for lunch and dinner in Avalon? I know there is not much but would love a few suggestions.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I would bring a picnic basket for lunch (try Jar, Josie, BLD or Huckleberry for baskets).

    1. You could do a picnic like ipsy has suggested and you can pick up goodies at the Vons in Avalon...or, you can dine at Portofino's , Catalina Country Club or Armstrongs for dinner..
      Depends when you are going..most places close shop around the end of Oct.
      I like having buffalo milks at Descano beach bar, around the Casino and bring your suit and snorkel..
      Buffalo Nickel at the heli-port has some good grub if your taking a helicopter in..
      ; )

      1 Reply
      1. re: Beach Chick

        Is Armstrong's the seafood restaurant? I think it's closing. Portofino's is decent.
        If you want a burger joint, there's Joe's.

      2. $1 happy hour tacos and beer at The Sand trap across from the golf course. Surprisingly good, real un-gringoed tacos, with a very local scene.

        Mr Taster

        1. Anything with a view in the little town that's decent? I am not expecting the best mel ever.
          Only going for a day so probably won't go to airport.

          4 Replies
          1. re: flowergirl

            The airport up the hill is about an hour away...
            The heli-port is around the bend from where the cruise ships/Cat Express dock and a little past Lover's Beach where the snorkeling is fab and the Garabaldi rule..
            Buffalo Nickel at the heliport is a great walk from town along the coast and great food and drinks.
            Avalon Grille is new and wonder if that is where Armstrongs used to be for years..
            Eric's at the Pier for a cold one and a cheeseburger..
            Sand Trap is awesome and have dined there many many times after playing 18...great tacos and cold beers for cheap at HH.
            Rent a golf cart and tool around the wonderful island..
            Have fun and make sure you have a buffalo milk...Descano Bar and grill around the Casino..beachfront


            1. re: Beach Chick

              >> Buffalo Nickel at the heliport is a great walk from town along the coast

              It's technically illegal to walk (or to drive in a non-hardtop vehicle) to the restaurant due to danger from rockslides. We've done it before, but you should be aware that there is a risk. Buffalo Nickel will send a (hard top) car to pick you up in Avalon if you call them. It's kind of an interesting experience, to wander down the mysterious restricted roads where the Vons warehouse trucks are and experience the unpolished part of life on Catalina.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster

                Rockslides...when did it become illegal to walk there?
                The hillside is very steep with boulders sticking out but never been told not to.
                Maybe they are trying to tell me to see the 'seedier side' of Avalon.
                I remember when the sea planes would land at Lover's Beach while people were snorkeling...we used to hitch rides on Sikorsky's to and from San Pedro for the day..

                Badges...we don't need no stinkin' badges

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  I don't know when it became illegal, but it is. Avalon cops occasionally cite walkers. There's a big warning sign that marks the point that you are no longer allowed to walk past.

                  Mr Taster