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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, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent food and service!

The food is delicious, hearty Polish rustic cooking. The kielbasa is smoked to perfection. Georges goulash with potato pancakes was wonderful! We stayed two nights in the Legs Inn Cabins, which are currently being remodeled (new knotty pine inside). These cabins are RUSTIC! Like deer camp or a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The food is delicious, hearty Polish rustic cooking. The kielbasa is smoked to perfection. Georges goulash with potato pancakes was wonderful! We stayed two nights in the Legs Inn Cabins, which are currently being remodeled (new knotty pine inside). These cabins are RUSTIC! Like deer camp or a fishing shack. Don't stay here if you require spider free lodging, wifi... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Because the scenery and setting are worth it. Photos of the sun setting over Lake Michigan will go on your Facebook page and Christmas card. Room outside for the kids to run. Blankets provided to keep the chill off. Friendly service - our waitress was Polish.

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

My family ate here twice about 15-17 years ago during summers at our cottage. The food was terrible, the wine was sour. After all these years, my spouse and I thought we would give the place another chance this summer. While still not offering great food, it was better this time, as were the wines. My spouse chose the Taste... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you ever had Polish food, this is the place for you. Along with the kielbasa, pierogi, smoked sausage, golumbki, they serve bigus (hunters stew). The kitchen staff is from Poland, the wait staff are college students from Poland here for the summer. Aside from the excellent food, the wood carvings and view of lake Michigan are worth the trip.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Great Polish food in a very unique atmosphere. Antlers and wood carvings everywhere. And outside, the flowers are lush and the best part is the view. A beautiful view of Lake Michigan and if you time it right, you can see a stunning sunset. But anytime of day, you won't be disappointed with the view. We have many family memories... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Definitely worth the drive. The food was better than homemade. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Great experience!!!!

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Ferndale, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Went here for lunch. Soup, pierogi, polish sausage, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage!! This place has it all, along with some non-polish choices. The food was excellent. We say out side and the view of the lake and flowers was great. Definitely worth going here. Don't forget to try the berry desert with ice cream. A perfect ending to a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Enjoyed a delicious Polish dinner and later walked around the adjoining garden area overlooking Lake Michigan, before staying in one of the site's cottages behind the restaurant within walking distance of the lake. At $105/night, out the door, the just-renovated small-size cottage was an excellent deal, complete with a furnished kitchen and separate bedrooms. We had no service on our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

It is definitely worth your time to go out of the way to visit and dine at Legs Inn. The building, itself, is worth the trip--very unique design and numerous artifacts gracing the walls. Reflecting the owner's heritage, there are many Polish dishes on the menu (try the sampler plate), as well as more familiar American food. Both food and... More 

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Whitehall, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Heard they served authentic Polish food, my wife's grandmother was Polish, so decided to put this place to the test, it passed wife said just like grandma used to cook.

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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

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

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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