As a Ludington resident, I have had great experiences at Chef John's for both breakfast and dinner. Their fresh-baked breads and desserts are amazing! I have also used them for boxed lunches for our training meals at work, and they never disappoint.
As far as the environment, the cafe is a little on the small side, with limited seating. I would recommend this restaurant for breakfast/lunch as a smaller group or ordering lunches for a large group of people.