From NDG to Rosemont, a surge of locavore-centric gourmet shops that may or may not serve sandwiches, baked goods, coffee, and an array of other pret à manger comestibles, has overtaken Montreal. For recent examples, look no further than the now closed Épicerie Fardoche, Le Petit Coin, Épicerie 1668, Marché La Pantry, and Marché Sous-Chef.
The latest to jump on the trend, Dudley & Dudley, from principals Sylvie Gravel and François Berthiaume, is now open in the Plateau. Like others in the same category, the business triples as a lunch counter, café, and soigné general-store-meets-dépanneur. There are sandwiches, side salads, doughnuts, and other pastry-like items on offer, with a full coffee bar to boot. Shelves are stocked with made in Montreal and Quebec products from Henri Sodas, Ferme Vallée Verte, Val Notre-Dame Abbey, and others. (Decidedly non-local goods from Marvis and Proraso feel like deliberate nods to retro aesthetics.) All this in a former hair salon on Gilford, across from popular BYOB Le Quartier Général.
Status: Dudley & Dudley, 1254 Gilford, between Brébeuf and Chambord, open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.