|the view from Avalon Harbor|
This looks so humble, but the roasted veggies were outstanding!
Steve's Steakhouse was our first stop. The restaurant has a breathtaking panoramic view of Avalon Harbor. Our group was served coconut shrimp and steak with soup. My vegan option was a nicely constructed roasted vegetable sandwich on sourdough, perfectly savory. Usually I'm not impressed with veggie sandwiches, but this was outstanding!
|I love this fountain!|
Downtown Avalon is studded with these gorgeous, colorful tiles from the 20's and 30's made by the Catalina Tile company. They still make them.
|Original Avalon tiles, made from clay found on the island decorate the inside of the fountain|
The next restaurant on the tour was a local favorite. We could tell because it was packed with business people, tourists and construction guys. I felt like such a tourist. Mr. Ning's Chinese Garden has been around since the 80's and known for ample servings and modest prices.
|Close up of the most tender and flavorful green beans.|
Our next stop was located right on the the beach. Bluewater Grill offers fresh seafood and an ideal view of the harbor. My dish was half a grilled artichoke with aoli and a light beer. It was glorious. I don't even know what the omnivores were served because I was so happy dipping and eating artichoke leave while enjoying the view.
Potato tacos and boozy Arnold Palmer's were on the menu at Coyote Joe's. Potato tacos are the ideal vegetarian taco solution. Everyone loves them. Crisp tortillas with tender potatoes with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese are a winning combination. And boozy ice tea/lemonade; who could resist?
|crunchy potato tacos!|
The last restaurant we visited, CC Gallagher, served a memorable dessert: salted caramel gelato with the option of dark beer or grape soda. I tried both and they were dreamy.
|Fancy ice cream floats FTW.|
Catalina Island was my favorite part (I think everyone else's!) part of our vacation. I can't wait to come back and try all the other restaurants and watch a movie in the Casino and buy a real Catlina tile (so mad that I didn't buy one of the historic tiles!!) And maybe take the Taste of Catalina Food Tour just one more time.