Taste Around Avalon

May 29, 2025

Taste Around LogoEnjoy the most scrumptious tastes of delectable food & beverages at Avalon’s finest dining establishments. Sip, Sample and Savor your way through town, and then vote for your favorite “Tastes” of food, drink and dessert as the Best Taste of the Year!

Winning establishments are awarded $100 each plus bragging rights for the next year!
This is the official kick-off to Avalon Restaurant Week, May 31 - June 6, 2024. See below for last year's winners plus more information on how the event works. 


2024 Taste Around Avalon Winners

Cocktail (Drink with Alcohol)

1st: Mi Casita Authentic Mexican Restaurant,
Cafe de Olla Martini or Spicy Pineapple Margarita
2nd: Bluewater Avalon, Coconut Margarita
3rd: Maggie's Blue Rose, Mangonada Paleta Margarita

Non-Alcohol Drink

1st: Catalina Island Brew House, Sparkling Lavender Lemonade
2nd: Cafe Metropole, The Green Pier
3rd (tie): Avalon Grille, Golden Euphoria Mule
3rd (tie): Original Antonio's, Jamaica Soda


1st: Mi Casita Authentic Mexican Restaurant,
Street Tacos: Birria Tacos or Shrimp Tacos w/ a Pineapple Salsa
2nd: Avalon Grille, Mini Cubano Sandwich
3rd: Maggie's Blue Rose, Chipotle Pasta


1st: Sailor's Delight Ice Cream Shop, Mackinac Island Fudge Sundae
2nd: Catalina Island Brew House, Buffalo Milk Mousse
3rd: Topside by NDMK, Topside Panacotta

2024 Taste Around Avalon Participants

Airport in the Sky Restaurant (at Catalina Cantina)
Food: Bison Chili Dog
Dessert: Airport in the Sky Famous Cookies

Avalon Grille
Food: Mini Cubano Sandwich
Drink with Alcohol: Santa Chamomile Island Collins
N/A Drink: Golden Euphoria Mule

Bluewater Avalon
Food: Crispy Calamari w/ Thai Chile Sauce and Remoulade
Drink with Alcohol: Coconut Margarita

Cafe Metropole
Food: Charcuterie
N/A Drink: The Green Pier

Catalina Cantina
Breakfast Taco
N/A Drink: Aqua Fresca
Dessert: Churro Bread Pudding

Catalina Charlie's
Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese
Drink with Alcohol:Toasted Coconut Margarita

Catalina Cones
Dessert: Ice Cream Mini Cones (Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Churros Con Leche OR Soft Serve)

Catalina Island Brew House
N/A Drink: Sparkling Lavender Lemonade
Dessert: Buffalo Milk Mousse

El Galleon
Food: Baja Fish Tacos
Drink with Alcohol: Pain Killer

Luau Larry's
Food: Seared Ahi
Drink with Alcohol: Luau's Punch

Maggie's Blue Rose
Food: Chipotle Pasta
Drink with Alcohol: Mangonada Paleta Margarita

Mi Casita
Street Tacos: Birria Tacos or Shrimp Tacos w/ a Pineapple Salsa
Drink with Alcohol: Cafe de Olla Martini or Spicy Pineapple Margarita

Mrs. T's Chinese Kitchen
Food: Spring Roll and Cheese Wonton
N/A Drink: Mango Lemonade

Naughty Fox
Drink with Alcohol: Cucumber Vodka Lemonade
N/A Drink: Grapefruit Spritz

Original Antonio's Pizzeria
Food: Cheese Crisp Slice or Mamma Mia's Day Old Spaghetti
Drink with Alcohol: Small Glass of Wine
N/A Drink: Jamaica Soda

Pancake Cottage
Food: Pigs in a "Roll"
Drink with Alcohol: Screwball Milkshake

Sailor's Delight Ice Cream Shop
Dessert: Mackinac Island Fudge Sundae

Scoops Catalina Creamery
N/A Drink: Starbucks Pink Drink
Dessert: Buffalo Milk Bon Bons

Topside by NDMK
Drink with Alcohol: East End Painkiller
Dessert: Topside Panacotta

How It Works

Step 1
Purchase a Voting Card

Each person sampling "Tastes" must purchase a Voting Card 
Advance Purchase - Wednesday, May 29: $2 per card
Event Day - Thursday, May 30: $3 per card

Voting Cards will available at the Love Catalina Visitor Center on the Green Pleasure Pier before the event, and on Wrigley Stage during the event from 5-9pm. We recommend you avoid the line during the event and buy your cards at the Visitor Center early! 

Step 2
Meet at Wrigley Stage at 5pm

For a brief welcome by Love Catalina Island along with an overview of how the events works. 

Step 3
Sip Sample & Savor!
Stroll through town & visit each participating establishment. Show your card to purchase a taste. Get your card stamped at each restaurant where you taste.
Sample all of their “Tastes” in four categories (typically $1-$5* per “Taste”) including:

  • Appetizers/Main Dishes
  • Sweets & Treats
  • Cocktails
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages

*Local Tip 
Be prepared with approximately $20-$40 in ones or small bills, as many restaurants may run out of change as the evening progresses! (Some restaurants may take a credit card or apple pay.)

Step 4
Vote for your favorite “Taste” in each category on your voting card
Establishments with the 4 Best “Taste” Winners are awarded $100 each!

Step 5
Turn in Voting Card
Tasters that turn in their completed Voting Cards are entered in a bonus drawing with a chance to win a $50 Catalina Island Gift Certificate. Voting Cards should be turned in by 9:15pm at Wrigley Stage at the conclusion of the event. 

Event sponsored by Love Catalina Island Tourism Authority.

2023 Taste Around Avalon Winners

Cocktail (Drink with Alcohol)

1st: Maggie's Blue Rose - Organic Dulce Agave Margarita
2nd: Avalon Grille - Apres Beach Colada
3rd (tie): The Naughty Fox - Cucumber Lemonade Vodka
3rd (tie): Bluewater Avalon - Captain's Mai Tai

Non-Alcohol Drink

1st: Catalina Island Brew House, Pomegranate Raspberry Mojito Green Tea
2nd: Cafe Metropole, Green Pier Cold Pressed Juice
3rd: Catalina Cantina Jr., Agua Fresca


1st: Catalina Cantina Jr., Quesabirria Tacos & Potato Taquitos
2nd: El Galleon: St. Louis Style BBQ Pork Ribs w/ Panko Onion Rings
3rd (tie): Steve's Steakhouse & Seafood, Chicken Piccata & Cauliflower Steak
3rd (tie): Avalon Grille, Wagyu & BBQ Pastrami Slider


1st: Sailor's Delight, S'more to Love Mini Waffle Cone
2nd: Catalina Island Brew House, Coconut White Chocolate Bar
3rd: Scoops Catalina Creamery/Airport in the Sky: Killer Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

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