Recommended Avalon options include the Avalon Grille, a new American restaurant with patio seating and a full bar. It's on the waterfront in the center of town, across from the Green Pleasure Pier (tel. 310/510-7494). On the Two Harbors side of the island, the Harbor Reef Restaurant is the place to eat.

Inexpensive -- My favorite for a low-bucks meal is the Casino Dock Café (tel. 310/510-2755), with live summertime entertainment, marina views from the sun-drenched deck, breakfast burritos loaded with homemade salsa, and kicking bloody marys.

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