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3990 Saint-Urbain Saint-Laurent métro. Bus 55

Tel. 842-3110. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, noon to 1 a.m. Sunday, noon to midnight. $30 for two before taxes and service.
There are some things in Montreal which create a sense of reassuring security: knowing municipal elections are coming up, discovering your favourite street-person has survived another cruel winter, remembering that Santropol has been open for twenty years and isn't about to flit down to Mexico. Better yet, 1% of their gross is sent to various local and third-world aid organisations. They've also started a "meals on wheels" (on Duluth). You could say they put their money where your mouth is. Ironically enough, the sandwiches are so large that few people finish their plate. The most bucolic, peaceful terrace in town, featuring a little creek stocked with goldfish. No booze. A hippie Ritz. Anglo owners, student and hippie clientele. Occasionally, the service can be a bit curt. Tourists love it precisely because it's so un-touristy.

Sample menu: Millet pie, tofu vegetable pie, blue cheese and roast beef sandwiches, cream cheese sandwiches with chives and pineapple, peanut butter sandwiches with honey and cream cheese, and with cottage cheese, nuts and raisins, tuna sandwiches with tomatoes and cream cheese, carrot cake, sundaes, fruit salad with yoghurt and honey.

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