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6425 North Lake Shore Drive, Cross Village, MI 49723
231 526 2281
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Polish, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located in historic Cross Village, Michigan, Legs Inn is a "monument to nature." Built on a high bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, it is unique and mysterious as seen in its architecture and decor. The fantasy-like atmosphere of this medieval looking stone, timber and driftwood landmark was created by one man, Polish immigrant, Stanley Smolak. He fell in love with Northern Michigan and its people, many of them Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and decided to settle in Cross Village in 1921.A blend of Old World European and Indian cultures creates a memorable atmosphere. The entry foyer, tavern, game and dining rooms are all filled with an intriguing collection of nature and hand carved furniture -- whimsical creations made of tree stumps, twisted limbs and roots, driftwood sculptures and massive fieldstone fireplaces.Authentic Polish cuisine is our specialty, but delicious American dishes, including local fresh Whitefish, are also served. The Smolak family and staff are dedicated to making your visit to Legs Inn an unforgettable experience, which will have you returning often with family and friends throughout the years.Throughout the decades Legs Inn has become a famous family destination and restaurant. It has been acknowledged and praised by major magazines, TV broadcasters, newspapers, travel-related web sites, tour guides and guests from across the country and around the world. We look forward to your visit.
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Big Rapids, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

This place has some great Polish food! They have lots of other options on their menu and we loved we could buy smoked fish to take home. Love the rustic setting and the view from the back patio can't be beat! Part of the fun is driving the "tunnel of trees" (M119) to get there of course! Prices are fair... More 

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Kincardine, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We stopped in here for a hot meal after a cold fall day of riding and were thoroughly impressed. The building in itself is impressive and something to be seen! Built with stones and wood and beautifully decorated with carvings. Places like this are the whole reason I do road trips in the first place. The staff were friendly and... More 

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Commerce Township, Michigan
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a beautiful view. We ordered the polish sampler plate and love it all. Good food beautiful settings. Worth the trip. I highly recommend it!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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58 reviews 58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The Legs Inn is truly unique. Great down to earth people running it and a friendly, eager to please staff. We had heard about this place from a few other people and decided to experience it for ourselves. Keep in mind, we were there on the very last day they were open for the season (don't plan on going during... More 

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Romeo, Michigan
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I liked the Polish food that I had, but I had to order two separate appetizers so I could try the potato pancakes and pierogies- there isn't a Choose-what-you-want option on the menu with the combo plates. I was drinking the "Black Lager", but when I asked the waitress who made it, she couldn't tell me. I liked that the... More 

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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121 reviews 121 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Leg's Inn is named for the architecture on the outside utilizing a series of legs from cast iron stoves. The atmosphere is "woodsy" and casual. We visited on a rainy day so were not able to fully enjoy the gardens or view. Make sure to include the "Tunnel of Trees" when traveling from the south near Harbor Springs. It is... More 

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Toronto, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The food will not blow you away, but will satisfy you with run of the mill Polish fare when you are at least somewhat hungry. The atmosphere in this more tourist attraction than restaurant is friendly, the joint is managed well and the location is charming. Holidays, weekends and such may necessitate a wait to be seated, but there are... More 

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Our friends and we had a blast at this restaurant. Our waitress was so friendly, and quick with a comeback comment to the members of our "sassy" group, that we could not help but have a great time. We sat outside and enjoyed the incredible view. The Polish food was good, but I am not really in to that type... More 

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Grand Haven, Michigan, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We stopped here for dinner on our tour of the Tunnel of Trees. The interior is beautiful, very friendly bar. Our food was delicious! Polish fare. The goulash was the best. A little pricy but it was a fun experience, a place you need to make part of your trip.

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Springboro, Ohio
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81 reviews 81 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We had to stop here on our way home to Cincy from The UP of Michigan. We love to try ethnic cuisine, and this did not disappoint. We stopped here just days before they were to close for the season. We both ordered their "Polish Hearty Lunch," which hit the spot. It included a nice sampling of 3 popular Polish... More 

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Additional Information about Legs Inn

Address: 6425 North Lake Shore Drive, Cross Village, MI 49723
Phone Number: 231 526 2281
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Emmet County  >  Cross Village
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: American, Polish, Seafood

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