"Am I Glad We Stopped At..."
Taste of Home, August/September 1999

This feature guides you to great rural restaurants and country cafes discovered by our editors and readers.

"I first visited Legs Inn at Cross Village several years ago," says Mrs. P.J. Remenecz of Burt, Michigan. "This unique restaurant was so nice that I returned with my sister and friend."

"We had a great meal and, like me, they were fascinated by the restaurant's curious interior, exterior and history."

Polish food, whitefish and smoked fish are specialties at the Legs Inn, owned by George and Kathy Smolak. "Our landmark restaurant was built by George's Uncle Stanley, who came from Poland in 1921," Kathy informs.

"With help from Ottawa Indians, he built the building with fieldstone, logs and driftwood. The white rails are upside-down stove legs painted white - thus the name Legs Inn."

Inside, chairs and tables are hollowed-out tree trunks. Shellacked roots, driftwood and twisted limbs are part of the unusual natural decor.

"Our most popular entree is the Taste of Poland, which lets diners sample pierogi, smoked sausage, stuffed cabbage rolls and sauerkraut," relates Kathy. "Nalesnik, a crepe with lemon-cheese filling, is a favorite Polish dessert."

Legs Inn, in Cross Village (north of Petoskey) at the end of rural road M119, is open daily from the third week in May through the third week in October, noon until 8 p.m. Phone: 1-231/526-2281.

-Taste of Home Staff