Catalina Buzz — foods, favs and fun

on August 27, 2017

You don’t want to miss this.

First Fridays have definitely become part of our must-do Catalina calendar of events. With great programs, interesting themes and adult beverages – not to mention the chance to see the Chihuly exhibit after dark, the Catalina Island Museum has hit it out of the park with the success of these monthly evening programs.

Held every first Friday, the events are open to the public, with discounted tickets available for museum members.

September’s program looks particularly fun – and delicious. Crawfish Boil & King Creole brings together one of the south’s most distinctive dining experiences and one of Elvis Presley’s most entertaining movies. Tickets are limited for this one – get yours here.

Speaking of yummy crustaceans, it’s just a few short weeks until you’ll be finding plenty of local lobsters on many Catalina restaurant menus. Bluewater Avalon, Steve’s Steakhouse and Seafood and The Lobster Trap are two of our favorite spots to dine on this delicacy.

We’ll be bidding farewell – and shedding a few tears while we do it – to Mr. Ning’s Chinese Garden at the end of next month. An Avalon institution for nearly 30 years, Ning’s is much more than a restaurant, it’s a place where we celebrate and commiserate, a place for a quick lunch or a great to-go dinner and – above all – a place where you know you’ll be welcomed as much more than just another customer. Read more in Lisa Lavelle’s heartfelt farewell tribute.

Avalon does have somewhere new to tempt your palate and sate your appetite. Island Spa Catalina has opened their sundeck – with its amazing view of Avalon Harbor – on weekends. Beverages, Bites and Bay Views offers tapas, beer and wine from 5 to 8 p.m.

Summer is just about over and thanks to our friends at The M pop-up restaurant, you can celebrate the season with favorite summer ingredients. They will be open Sept. 1 and 2, for reservations call 310-510-8404.

Hungry? So are we. Book a Catalina Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour to get your fill of food and Catalina history.

catalina lobster

One of our favorite spots for local lobster is The Lobster Trap


Get the local scoop! >>>

Receive exclusive discounts, event info & Catalina Island specials right in your inbox. We'll give you hints & tips to make your Catalina Island vacation amazing.

Sign Up