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Legs Inn

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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Birmingham, Michigan
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

We stopped in with a family of six on a Sunday. Got a great table outside with an amazing view. We ate so much food it was so good. The polish platter was amazing, best polish sausage and sour kraut I've ever had. The deserts were to die for. Got to try the polish fruit cake with ice cream.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stopped at Leg's Inn after going through the Tunnel of Trees route, and we enjoyed a nice lunch with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. It was a little cold outside, so we ate on the patio where heaters were set up to maintain comfort. We tried traditional Polish foods, including the "Hearty Polish Lunch." The food wasn't as... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

A beautiful day, drive thru tunnel of trees, and view on the garden patio. Inside decor is interesting but rather dark, gloomy, and blah, especially after dining outside. The kielbasa and potato pancakes were very good, however the stuffed cabbage (globky), sauerkraut, and tomato sauce were very bland. Did not sample the pierogi's but how can u mess up a... More

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Austin, Texas
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87 reviews 87 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Spectacular Polish food. I am 100% Polish and the food here is even better than what you can get in Chicago. The variety of authentic Polish beers is amazing. On every trip to northern Michigan, this is a must stop for us. Beautiful setting on Lake Michigan and food that is an absolute delight.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I think I died and went to heaven. What a terrific jewel of a restaurant. We arrived early at Legs Inn on our way to Mackinac Island so we took a nice slow tour of the outside of the building and read up on the restaurants history. The ambiance is one of a kind, and if you have young children... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We drove to Leg's Inn through the Tunnel of Trees! We were seated immediately on the outside patio. The view of the lake was amazing! We decided to try the Polish meals and we're not disappointed! I had two appetizers - potato pancakes and sausage with beet relish - hot and tasty. My husband was jealous. He had the Polish... More

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North Little Rock
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Polish cuisine is their specialty; not only good, but filling. I had the Old World Sample consisting of three Pierogi, Polish Sausage and Bigos (Hunter's Stew) with homemade rye bread served with homemade tomato sauce. Laura was our waitress and politely suggested a variety of PIerogi's so I could really indulge in the Polish flavor. My husband had the Polska... More

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White Lake, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We were a party of 10 and thank goodness we got there right at noon. Awesome service, excellent food, ice cold beverages and maybe the best Bloody Mary ever, maybe. Everyone enjoyed the food, restaraunt filled very quickly, service never suffered. We had just left the 40th Polish festival in Boyne Falls enroute to the UP for a weeks vacation.... More

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Brighton, Michigan
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

We were a party of eight that went here for lunch. Melissa greeted us with a friendly hello and a warm smile. We ask for outdoor seating and found ourselves seated in a flower bordered outdoor patio overlooking Lake Michigan. It was breathtaking and beautiful. Trent, our server for lunch, was prompt, friendly, attentive and informative. He gave us the... More

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We visited Legs Inn while staying in the area. Six of us went for dinner and drinks on a Monday evening. They were busy but we got seated right away. Our waitress was an exchange student, Ola, from Poland. She was so nice and very helpful when we had questions about the menu. The cheese and potato pierogi and zurek... More

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