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19 things we want to drink and eat on Catalina Island in 2019

on December 28, 2018

There are plenty of places to eat on Catalina and nearly all of them offer something crave-worthy. Here are 19 things we’re looking forward to eating drinking on the island in 2019.

Places to eat on Catalina Island for breakfast

It’s no surprise that we love breakfast at the Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co. Not only are they our sister company, they also have all kinds of customizable options that make breakfast a never-ending buffet of choices. Right now our fave is bacon and cheddar on a biscuit with roasted veggies and herbed cream cheese. But that could change tomorrow – and that’s the fun of it all.

places to eat on Catalina for breakfast include a biscuit at Cat Cookie Co

Never-ending options for breakfast at the Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co

Favorite Catalina Island restaurants for lunch

Buffalo burgers. Yes, we know that technically it’s a bison burger. No matter what you call it, this beef alternative is delicious. Our favorite spot to get one is at the DC-3 Café at the Airport in the Sky.

Not much beats Maggie’s Blue Rose for lunch (or dinner for that matter). We’re particularly fond of the anchote skirt steak tacos and the avocado enchiladas, but frankly, we love it all.

Fresh fish at the Lobster Trap is another can’t-go-wrong option. Macadamia nut crusted halibut may just be one of the best things ever.

Big enough to share with a friend or two, the Carnitas Nachos at the Buffalo Nickel are so good you’ll be craving them from halfway across the country. Trust us, we know.

Great places to get a snack on the island

We must admit we’re loving Catalina Buffalo Balls for a high-protein treat on the trail. Flax seed, chocolate and honey plus some organic oats and nut butter make these tempting snacks the perfect pick-me-up. Get yours at CC Beau Deli.

It may seem crazy to those who aren’t nearly as addicted as we are, but one of our favorite afternoon snacks are the French Fries at Coney Island West. They go perfect with a burger – but we love them just by themselves as well.

Bowling makes you hungry — even if it’s mini-bowling. That’s why we love the boneless wings at Three Palms Avalon Arcade. That and the fact you can turn the kids loose in the arcade and have a beer with those boneless wings.

The best restaurants for dinner on Catalina Island

From high-end steakhouse to cheap eats on the beach, dinner in Avalon can be just about anything you want it to be – and that’s what makes it so much fun.

Steve’s Steakhouse and Seafood is always a great choice for a fine meal, no matter what you order – especially the filet mignon with hollandaise.

Another favorite is Bluewater Avalon, where the Cedar Plank Salmon and the Wild Alaskan Halibut are our go-to choices on what is always a tempting menu.

cedar plank salmon at Bluewater Avalon

cedar plank salmon at Bluewater Avalon

Casual options for dinner are also delicious, including grabbing a burger at Luau Larry’s, tacos at the Sand Trap or some Ryan’s Gnarly Nachos at Coyote Joe’s.

Best drinks at bars on Catalina

One of our favorite restaurants is also home to one of our favorite cocktails. You can’t go wrong with Mojitos at Bluewater. A little lime, a little mint and just enough rum and you’ve got yourself a perfect recipe for a perfect happy hour.

You can have Catalina’s signature cocktail at any bar in town, but we love having a Buffalo Milk at Two Harbors. The deceptively delicious concoction was allegedly developed here and we haven’t found any evidence to contradict the claim – so why not make a point of making 2019 the year you have a Buffalo Milk where they were born.

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, it’s always the right season for a Descanso Destroyer at the Descanso Beach Club. Almost as famous as a Buffalo Milk, there’s just something about having your toes in the sand that makes this cocktail perfect.

Places to eat on Catalina Island

2019 will also be bringing a few new restaurants to Avalon, while some of the menus have yet to be revealed, we’re excited by the sneak peek we had of the Toyon Grill at the new Trailhead – especially the Wild Salmon Poke.

Hopefully you are as hungry for 2019 as we are. The Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour offers the perfect way to try some of Catalina’s best restaurants.

Catalina Happy Hour Tour playing bingo outside of Maggie's Blue Rose


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