Nestled away in a sleepy residential neighborhood near Crescent Beach, Dudes Coffee House was a closely guarded secret amongst the locals of Ocean Park until the Surrey Eats crew waltzed in to blow up the spot.
Snug and cozy, the interior instantly conjures up the feeling of coming home, and the welcoming family that runs it adds to the vibes. And would you look at that quaint little kitchen! Ethical Addiction Custom Apparel is attached so you can sip a coffee while you browse or grab a comfy swinging seat by the window and lazily watch the day go by.
Perhaps over a mug of Calm the Fuck Down? Yup, this might look like your Grandma’s house but it sure as shit ain’t her coffee! The Dudes sources their beans ethically from Thailand via an outfit in Calgary, supporting a local Thai village community in the process. Ask to see their beautiful hardcover photo book to see the fruits of their labours in stunningly vibrant images.
So what is the result of this caffeinated concoction? A dark coffee flavour but with a high caffeine content, and a low acidity which is great for people like me who love the taste of coffee but abstain from drinking it daily due to heartburn. I had a full cup of WTF Up with no ill effects and it kept me buzzing pleasantly throughout the day.
These $5 Mimosas but they were apparently quite refreshing and seemed to soothe the hangovers of those who chose to imbibe.
I’ve personally never gotten the fuss about eggs Benedict. Something about the colour and texture of Hollandaise sauce has always been off-putting. So I wasn’t expecting much when the crew ordered three plates of Eggs Benny ($9.75 + $1 for hashbrown) to share. But man oh man, is this homemade (remember this word, you’ll be encountering it a lot at The Dudes Coffee House!) Hollandaise ever something else! Honestly the first time I’ve ever truly savoured eggs Benny, something in The Dudes secret homemade sauce had me scraping the plate, even after I’d gorged myself on the other dishes.
The hashbrowns on the other hand were of the typical thin frozen McCain patty variety. Much too salty. I’d give these a pass, but if you want to try at only a buck a pop at least it won’t break the bank if you dislike it.
The Dudes loves to do specials with whatever they have on hand, so expect the unexpected on their ever-changing menus. They’ll often source from a network of local fishermen and butchers, and this particular weekend they’d scored a deal on some prime rib and had whipped up a benny out of that.
The result was pure perfection. Slow cooked and topped with arugula and caramelized fennel before being crowned with the eggs and smothered in Hollandaise, smattered with green onions, dusted with paprika, and garnished with a wedge of lemon. For someone who likes a lot of protein in the mornings, this bitch-slapped any steak and eggs dish that’s crossed my plate. If they could find a way to slip this into their regular menu I’d be a happy camper.
The Smoked Salmon Bagel ($12) was another hit. There’s not much room for error or innovation in this old Canadian classic, but the addition of caramelized fennel put this one over the top.
Who’s got room for Pancakes ($7 + $4 to add strawberries) after all this? Well someone did but it wasn’t me. So no comment on these except to tell you that they’re topped with homemade Mexican vanilla whip cream and I was impressed that The Dudes offers several low glycemic topping options like maple syrup sweetened with only monkfruit, another variety sweetened with white grape juice, along with organic maple syrup that comes in a spray-bottle. Cool beans!
And speaking of cool beans, that’s exactly what you’ll get at The Dudes Coffee House. Surrey Eats whole-heartedly recommends this family-run, community involved hidden gem. Support local and let The Dudes show you some down-home Southern Surrey hospitality.