Discovered on Route 117  December 2011   By: Ilania Abileah





Note November 2013:  This article was written two years ago, since then a few locations were closed see below.

In the past we drove up north on the 117. The only sight I remember is the giant ice-cream cone in St. Jerome. The cone is still there, and so is the Prevost (Lesage) flea-market that has become a regular weekend destination, and plenty of garages, small industries, garden centers, Antique stores, and if you look well, a lot more to be discovered!

Ming Wah: We found a Chinese Buffet, which opens daily as of 11:30 a.m. It features a substantial all-you-can eat lunch buffet including a sushi bar, $9.95 on week-days, it is a good value for your money! Ming Wah, 1195, boul. Des Laurentides, St. Jerome (previously St. Antoine), 450 565-9020

Restaurant Chez Johnny: In St. Jerome in a converted train car, you will find the best Club sandwich in the Laurentians (coined by an old-timer from Lachute), hamburger steak, and a daily special such as meatloaf and trimmings, all at very reasonable prices. The atmosphere is warm, the service friendly, and you sit in a booth surrounded by 1950s nickel-décor and old Coca-Cola posters. Restaurant Chez Johnny: 603 Rue St-Georges, St. Jerome. 450 436-1339.

Please Note:  This café is now closed (April 2013)! On your way to Prevost, watch for Café 4 sucres open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is bistro style featuring a daily special such as crêpe with apple and Swiss cheese ($12.23) about which my friend exclaimed “Delicious”. They also serve delectable coffees and cakes, in the summer they have a large terrace. Wireless internet is available too. The Café has Friday night performances organised by Lyne Collin, whose artwork is displayed on the walls of the café. The next concert is by Mélissa Lavergne & Gilles Caplan, she is a percussionist and he sings, and plays the guitar. Fri., Feb., 24, tickets $25. Ticket holders may also reserve their table for dinner at 6 p.m. “Café 4 sucres”, 2559, boul. Cure-Labelle (rte. 117), Prévost. 450 432-3784

Coming along the 117, you pass a large IGA store, across from which there is a sports club providing circuit training facilities geared towards women. The center has just celebrated its first anniversary. It offers “Essentrics” a muscle-toning flexibility workout class, as well as Zumba classes. It is open weekdays 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat., & Sun., 9 a.m. to noon. Swann, 2632, Curé Labelle, 450 335-3356.

A little bit further north there is a fairly new
Auberge La Belle et la Belge, offering a few tasting evenings during the winter. A beer-tasting event: four beers from the same brewery as well as the cheese from the same abbey Thur., Jan., 26, 7:30 p.m.; Sushi & Sake Thur., Feb, 9; wine tasting Feb., 23; Whiskey Mar., 8; Port & Chocolates Mar., 22; and wine and finger foods Apr., 5. Tickets: $35, places are limited, thus reservations are required. If you go you may be able to see a collection of paintings by Isabelle Hamel, a Prevost self-taught artist, whom we encountered recently at the Chantecler annual art show, and at the Christmas art sale in Prevost. “La Belle et la Belge”, 2731, boul. Curé Labelle, Prévost 450 335-3533


Further north you arrive at “Le 117” a bright new restaurant and bar in clean-line décor, and comfortable seating. The menu is Italian inspired featuring venison, lamb, fish and pasta. The dinner table-d’hôte includes soup or salad, coffee and desert. The silver, plates, and glassware are of modern design. I chose a meal starting with a mixed, well seasoned salad, followed by a duo-pasta topped with dainty sprouts. The coffee was good, and the desert lovely (Total bill tax included $20.51).

The restaurant is open seven days a week until 11 p.m. Mon., Tue., Wed., & Sat., starting 5 p.m. Lunch: Thur., & Fri., 11 a.m. Sunday brunch starts at 9 a.m. Restaurant Le 117, 2951, boul., Curé Labelle, Prévost. 450 335-1170.
Please Note:  This restaurant is now closed - Bell Canada provides a telephone number 819-376-6593.









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