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Chef John's Bakery & Cafe

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110 W Filer St, Ludington, MI 49431-2047
231-843-3327
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch

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  • 77
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Birthday Cake

They made a wonderful birthday cake--just as requested--and it was perfect. A bit expensive, but, it was a rush job and they did very well. Everything we have had from them over the years has been excellent.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Ed G
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

They made a wonderful birthday cake--just as requested--and it was perfect. A bit expensive, but, it was a rush job and they did very well. Everything we have had from them over the years has been excellent.

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Midland, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

my thing on the false ad is that they tout 4 soups daily. we got there and all they had was a chipolte shrimp and dill havarti. neither sounded good, but i tried the havarti. it was amazing; my son actually ordered a bowl after trying mine. the rest of the food was good enough. my son liked his french... More 

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Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Unusual breakfast menu is the draw here. Small cafe with bakery in back. We all ordered different dishes and all were fantastic. Sausage was best I've had. Didn't order any bakery items but they looked good too. Fast, friendly service. Lots of traffic in and out. Highly recommended.

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Baudette, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had time for one meal in Ludington and were going to eat fish at Bortell's Fisheries, but they are closed on Mondays so we had to search for something else. This is our first visit to Ludington and there are only about a million great looking places to eat, but we wandered into the bakery and were given a... More 

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Milford, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Excellent breakfast! Loved the French toast and husband loved the eggs in nest. Coffee was nice and strong and tasty. Wish they had French press or lattes. Croissants would be nice too! Really enjoyed the atmosphere and the super cute table cloths.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I travel to Ludington and make it a Point to have lunch at Chef Johns every time. Staff is extremely kind and helpful. Specials and soups are always great and every menu item is A+. Don't miss this spot for lunch!!! Highly recommended!!!

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Ludington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This has wonderful baked goods, breakfast pastries are the best. They also have sandwiches with homemade bread and their soups are especially good. It's a small place with limited seating and you shouldn't go there if you're in a hurry. It's a place to linger and enjoy your coffee.

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Illinois, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We have been here three times over the last three visits to ludington. They have great service and great food. Their soups alone are worth a visit.

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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I recently dined here while on a mountain biking trip with some friends, based on the reviews we saw here on TripAdvisor. The server was very friendly and the restaurant was clean. The decor is mostly ordinary, but tastefully done. I ordered the breakfast torte and one of my friends ordered the quiche. While the torte was outstanding, my friend... More 

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helena, mt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I stopped by here to get something to take to a friends. I got a delicious coffee cake, buttery, flaky and chock full of walnuts. I just wish they had bigger go cups for coffee. If I lived in Ludington I'd be in here often!

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Additional Information about Chef John's Bakery & Cafe

Address: 110 W Filer St, Ludington, MI 49431-2047
Phone Number: 231-843-3327
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ludington
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cuisine: American, European

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 110 W Filer St, Ludington, MI 49431-2047
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ludington
  • Phone Number: 231-843-3327

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm

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