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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Escape SoCal Sprawl on Catalina Island


2. Where to Eat

The elegant Catalina Country Club offers outdoor dining away from the main tourist strip.   

Walk uphill from the Avalon’s seaside tourist strip to Catalina Country Club, a local favorite that isn’t as exclusive as it sounds. The Spanish-colonial-style building offers a farm-to-table, all-organic menu featuring dishes like filet mignon with morel mushrooms ($38) and fried Pacific sand dabs, a Catalina specialty ($17) that’s like a sweeter, more delicate flounder (and rated as a good sustainable alternative by Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch).

Soak up a low-key version of L.A. life at CC Gallagher, an oceanfront café offering all the must-have Angeleno amenities—biodynamic wine bar, vegan sushi (from $8) rolled to order after 4:30 p.m., and local craft beers like Green Flash West Coast IPA ($8)—plus an on-site art gallery showcasing local painters, jewelry, and handmade pottery.

Barbecue under the stars at Descanso Beach Club, a beach bar set on a sandy strip at the edge of Avalon. The 25-foot-long open-air grill is fired up every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., from June through September ($19 per person). Pick up your protein of choice at Von’s Grocery Store (123 Metropole Ave.; 310-510-0280), or buy items like mahi mahi ($10) or top sirloin steak ($11) on the beach and then grill them up yourself; a baked potato bar, corn on the cob, salads, and homemade pies are all provided.

Published on May 19, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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