The Lookout Roadhouse has been around since 1945. Located off of Ortega Highway, it makes a perfect pit-stop while cruising that famous motorcycle riding road.
Known for its sweeping views of the lake and valley below, this roadhouse-style restaurant serves American classics such as BBQ ribs, sandwiches, luscious desserts and all-day breakfasts. They also serve wine and beer (both domestic and imported) as well as appetizers, however they are only open until 5:00 PM daily. The ribs are rubbed and smoked in-house and they do sell their BBQ sauce. Breakfasts are big and have been voted the best in Lake Elsinore.
Formerly a café and gift shop, the Lookout was purchased in 1968 by Barbara Shea-han and has remained in the family ever since. The actual café is about the size of a small cabin, with only a few tables, the majority of which are next to the windows for taking in the view. Obviously, the best place to sit is outside on the patio, but there are only about four tables available. The patio can accommodate up to forty people and you’re sure to meet many interesting folks from all walks of life who stop by the roadhouse while traveling over the mountain. Prices are a bit high with a range of around $8.00-$16.00 per plate and they do have vegetarian/vegan options. Be prepared to sit and relax and wait. This place is very small and gets very busy, so wait times for food delivery often exceed an hour. However, the service is supposed to be friendly and efficient.
Nearby is the old Ortega Oaks Candy Store, a farmhouse-style shop that offers a wide variety of freshly-made candy (even vegan options) as well as ice cream and sandwiches. This is a popular stop for hikers and a good bathroom stop because at the Lookout Roadhouse, you will only find a couple of Port-a-Potties.
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