Catalina Island Birthday Secret
As if a complimentary roundtrip ride aboard the Catalina Express Boat on your birthday isn’t generous enough, you can also indulge in a free meal at Buffalo Nickel Restaurant on Avalon. The other week I did exactly that. You see, Catalina island has two parts – Two Harbors and Avalon. Avalon is from what I gather, for the first timers and Two Harbors is for the “I’m over Avalon and all the tourist traps, been there done that, gimme’ something a little more exclusive” travelers. Since we were Catalina virgins and since Avalon has its long list of freebies for people celebrating their birthdays, we decided to venture over to that part of the island. Part of that list was Buffalo Nickel which consisted of birthday girls and boys being able to choose any entree on their menu for free. So I did what any recession influenced foodinista would do and made arrangements for their shuttle to pick us up. Shortly afterwards they drove down the mountainside to us, brought us to the restaurant situated near the Catalina Island helicopter landing pad, and then we grabbed a table outside so we could elite people watch near the helicopters and their respective baggage claim. All in all the food was ok, but I have to say the warmness from the patrons and the staff, and the fact that the bartender clearly poured our drinks in a way that screamed “we desperately want you to come back since our restaurant is inconveniently located on the side of a cliff and no one can easily see it”, definitely made this a notable spot for a possible revisit. So if you happen to be on the island on your birthday and you want to eat for free as well as magically get nice off of just one drink, come here.