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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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Farmington, Michigan, United States
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118 reviews 118 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Big selection of Polish food, e. g. Pierogies, stuffed cabbage. Large selection of beer, wine and polish vodka, rye and potato. Food was good but not great. Service was slow, but we stopped in on a weekday mid-afternoon. Gift shop with T-Shirts and polish theme gifts. Property borders the lake out back and has a great view. We would come... More

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East Lansing, MI
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74 reviews 74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the tunnel of trees drive from Harbor Springs to this charming spot in northern Michigan. The portions are big and the food is hearty so pick a few items to share. There are a few combination plates so that is easy. The goulash is excellent. Our waitress was excellent and took good care of us when we had to... More

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Stratford, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My husband and I recently were on a Motorcycle trip in Michigan. We traveled through the tunnel of trees and on our return trip came across this little restaurant for lunch. What a menu and the food delicious. I have not been a fan of Polish food before but would definitely recommend this spot. The atmosphere was great and with... More

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Prudenville, Michigan, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had heard about this restrauant for years! We sat on the terrace our waitress was from Poland. She was delightful, explained everything on the menu thoroughly. We loved the food, atmosphere, service, view, everything! We will be returning!!!

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Robinson, Illinois
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Saw an advertisement for this place and decided to give it a try. We like off the beaten path, one of a kind places. Drove through the Tunnel of Trees from Petoskey and were awed by the scenery all around us. As we pulled up to Cross Village, cars and motorcycles lined the road. The restaurant was an eclectic mix... More

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Marion, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We have driven by here, but decided to stop a few years ago and have been coming back ever since. Since we are both from a small city in Ohio with not much ethnic diversity, we had never tried Polish food before and boy oh boy did we love it! I don't even know what we were eating, but everything... More

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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120 reviews 120 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

On our way from Mac Isle to Traverse City we decided to see for ourselves what's all the hype about this Polish restaurant. We are Polish so were curious, and believe me, it doesn't really taste like what we make. We were there for lunch and ordered the Hearty Lunch,. The dough on the pierogi;s was very thick, and the... More

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Belleville, Illinois
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Driving up the coast of Lake Michigan almost to the end on a small little road and run into cross village and the legs inn, a polish restaurant. A great place to stop eat lunch and sit in the back yard and look at the lake. Great history and wonderful atmosphere with polish waitresses. He perfect place when you're on... More

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Fantastic pirogies and goulash. So good I went back the following weekend. The garden is a great place to wait while waiting for your garden table to be ready. I'll be back again!

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Denver, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Recently dined at this restaurant for the second time and the food was GREAT both times. The atmosphere is VERY unique to say the least but I am not going to describe it so you can experience it for yourself. The polish food is just Wonderful, many selections to choose from. The food arrived hot and with a plentiful helping.... More

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