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Legs Inn

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6425 North Lake Shore Drive, Cross Village, MI 49723
231 526 2281
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Located in historic Cross Village, Michigan, Legs Inn is a "monument to...
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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My wife and were on the motorcycle and travelling along the Lake Michigan coast and Tunnel of Trees. At the north end is this great restaurant. It is Polish inspired but has something for everyone. We stopped in for lunch and they said it would be a 20-40min wait. We were seated in a great spot in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Detroit, Michigan
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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Largo, Florida
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23 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We drove 60 miles to eat at Legs Inn and waited 30 minutes for a table. This was fine as we heard many wonderful stories about the Polish food. I'll start with the best: the potato pancakes are spectacular. Don't miss them--crunchy and sweet served with a side of sour cream. Yum!! Alas, here is where it ends. I ordered... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My wife and were on the motorcycle and travelling along the Lake Michigan coast and Tunnel of Trees. At the north end is this great restaurant. It is Polish inspired but has something for everyone. We stopped in for lunch and they said it would be a 20-40min wait. We were seated in a great spot in the backyard overlooking... More 

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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Interesting appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and fair selection of beers. On a nice summer day, being "outback" and eating is great. The restaurant is high on a high overlooking Lake Michigan. Someone trimmed the trees which blocked the view before so you have a wide vista to the lake and the back yard has many flowers blooming. Had the Smoked... More 

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Eastpointe, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I'm not the biggest fan of Polish food, but the food here was spectacular. Come on a nice day and get a table outside. Amazing view of the lake.

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Midland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The food is great although be prepared to wait. It is always busy there. If you like polish food you have to try it! The servings are fairly large so there is plenty to eat for your money.

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Maybe the place was built up too much, but we expected a little more from this restaurant. It is (literally) in the middle of nowhere. The "tunnel of trees" road is beautiful but is a challenge to drive. When we got to the Legs Inn, we were hungry and expected gigantic portions of food. Alas, this was not the case.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This place is spectacular. The food, the service, the view and atmosphere are worth the trip Up North. Having stayed in Poland for a summer, I can say their food reminds me of what I enjoyed in country. Also, their selection of Polish beers (and local brews) is great. Worth a visit to see all the carvings alone.

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Legs Inn is a regular stop for us in northern Michigan. It is a short drive from Harbor Springs. The first time you visit, be sure to take the tunnel of trees drive. We love the Polish food. It is authentic and flavorful. The atmosphere is amazing! From all of the hand carved wood indoors, to the view of the... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The food here is excellent! This is a polish restaurant with all the great food! The restaurant has so much great to see and explore! They have a garden area if you want to sit outside to eat and it is absolutely gorgeous, they also have lots of area in the gardens to grab a drink and enjoy the view... More 

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Uniontown, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

A great dining experience, good food, lovely grounds and true to the Polish atmosphere. We ate outside after a stroll around the gardens.

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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 20
Cuisine: American, Polish, Seafood, European

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6425 North Lake Shore Drive, Cross Village, MI 49723
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Emmet County  >  Cross Village
  • Phone Number: 231 526 2281

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Polish, Seafood, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Doing business, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups

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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