I do consider myself lucky, but with a new family and a new(ish) house I don't get out as much as I used to. I used to hit Schwartz's once every couple of weeks.
I've never had the fries cooked in duck fat though, sounds delish. Montreal is where it's at for good food, at least in the north east.
The wife and I do enjoy hitting Atwater market as often as we can though. They have the best sausage and veggies and the fromagerie there is nice. We have a top notch butcher near there who keeps me well supplied in meat.
Since I don't go out as much, I've become more obsessed with making great food at home. BBQing (real bbq I mean, not grilling) is the main thing I'm enjoying. This summer is going to be a big season for experimenting. I did some really great ribs and pork butt last year and will do them again, but I'm planning to try chicken wings, beef ribs, brisket and turkey this year (the smoker upgrade this year is big enough, it should be awesome).
The only disadvantage is that Smoking isn't real popular around here so getting equipment and supplies is expensive, if you can get it at all.
Still...I'm spreading the gospel o' smoke so it can only get better :)
I don't know if it is any cheaper than your local area equipment and supplies but I have mail ordered casings, ingredients and a stuffer from www.stuffers.com in BC. They mail order across Canada and have given me good service.