A former stop on the famous Butterfield Stage route, Lake Elsinore has an Old West history and a laid-back vibe centered on the city's namesake lake. Lake Elsinore's food choices are eclectic, family-friendly, and affordable. Mexican food choices range from elegant family-owned dinner restaurants to casual roadside stands serving street tacos. The family-friendly city also offers a number of Italian pizza restaurants, including take-out, delivery, thin crust and family-sized options fit for a crowd. If you prefer something more sophisticated, dine in an upscale contemporary Italian restaurant. Barbecued brisket, ham, and chicken are also on the menu in this lakeside city, as well as traditional Chinese family restaurants.