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Legs Inn

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American, Polish, Seafood
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6425 North Lake Shore Drive, Cross Village, MI 49723
231 526 2281
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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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  • 19
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  • 10
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Unique Polish Food with a View

This restaurant is at the end or beginning of the Tunnel of Trees, whichever direction you happen to be driving. The edge of the roof of the restaurant has legs of old steel stoves attached to it all the way around. There is an Native American heritage (Ottawa) here along with the settlement of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
mitravelingteacher
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Canton, Michigan
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
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Canton, Michigan
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is at the end or beginning of the Tunnel of Trees, whichever direction you happen to be driving. The edge of the roof of the restaurant has legs of old steel stoves attached to it all the way around. There is an Native American heritage (Ottawa) here along with the settlement of immigrants from Poland such as Stanley... More 

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Atlanta, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I have been coming for years. Always friendly. Always good food. If you like Polish food this is the place to eat. You will usually have to wait for a table. Get your name on the list, then go to the bar, get a beverage, and go out to the back yard and marvel at Lake Michigan. You can see... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

It has a view of Lake Michigan and you can watch the freighters go by. I had a dessert best I ever had can't pronounce it's in Polish. The restaurant has some of the wait staff from Poland and they make Fresh Perogies and a large collection of Polish Vodka . Traveling through the tunnel of trees to get to... More 

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Spooner, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

i am Polish and i could not wait to get to this restaurant which seems to be a very popular place. i don't think they open before 10:30 or maybe even later but there was a long line of us to get inside. it was definitely pricey but also very worth it. the staff was very friendly and food was... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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73 reviews 73 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Wonderful Polish food in an unbelievable rustic stone and wood structure beautifully located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Very busy but staff was very friendly.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

If you are going to see the wood carvings, good idea. But look and leave. Tourist trap. Poor service, very long wait for every thing. Food barely warm.

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Petoskey, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

If You are looking for a experience try this place. Keep a open mind and enjoy probably the coolest atmosphere in northern Michigan.

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Big Rapids, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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
19 helpful votes 19 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
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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