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Wilmington’s Sunset Park neighborhood sits in the middle of a little dining desert. Pictures of chicken parmesan Sure, there are a few fast food places nearby, the venerable Sub Stop sandwich shop and a couple of burger joints, but if you’re on that side of town and want a real dinner, you have a bit of a drive to make.

Thanks to Felix Scroppo, that’s changed.

Parmesan chicken pasta bake He opened The Felix Café in 2015, adding character and outdoor seating to a small, functional space to give it new life. Chicken parmesan recipe easy quick The menu he and chef Jason Sellars dish up is like the space — a mix of reinvented classics and traditional dishes. Chicken parmesan hero recipe Scroppo and Sellars have given an under-served part of town a good little restaurant.

That said, when I walked into The Felix Café I thought I knew what kind of food I would find. Chicken parmigiana recipe gordon ramsay The bright, tropical colors in their logo the beachy décor say “Caribbean” and “tropical.” I expected mango salsa and pineapples, lots of fish, maybe a Jerk chicken dish. Parmesan chicken pizza The term “Key West bar food” came to mind.

Nope. How to make chicken parmesan Oddly, the menu is Italian in nature. Parmesan crusted chicken without mayo Meatballs and a cheese plate for apps. Best chicken parmesan recipe baked Tuna with risotto, salmon and broccolini, chicken Marsala for mains. Chicken parmesan meal Then shrimp and grits. Chicken parmesan with pasta A pork chop. Parmesan chicken mayonnaise And the lunch menu with New-York-style Italian sausage and peppers, a Jerk chicken wrap and a Monte Cristo.

The menu doesn’t make sense to me, but it’s forgivable because the food is good. Parmesan crusted chicken low carb Everything I had was tasty and cooked properly, despite a general need for a pinch of salt here and there.

I’ll start with the one “island” thing I found: the Jerk chicken wrap. Chicken parmesan recipe without breadcrumbs The spice level was there, and the ingredients — rice, corn, salsa and cheese, in addition to the chicken — were fresh and worked well together. Chicken parmesan recipe giada The sweet potato fries were above average despite being dusted with powdered sugar.

The kale chips — I’ll say they’re island only because the big leaves remind me of palms — had a balsamic drizzle and a bit of fresh Parmesan. Chicken parmesan best recipe The serving was huge and the chips were tasty, if slightly oily. Food network chicken parmesan I felt like I ate a whole bag of kale but somehow the volume of the plate was never reduced, so I took the rest home, where it made for a good snack later.

Another appetizer, meatballs (does Sicily count as “island”?), were served in an odd, four-chambered bowl. Parmesan chicken salad They were juicy, the texture — neither too firm nor too dry, not crumbly at all — was on point, and the sauce was nicely light, though missing a spicy zip. Make parmesan chicken (The meatballs also make an appearance at lunch as a sandwich, four meatballs served on a hoagie.)

The chicken Marsala was huge, and came served with a fistful of sautéed green and wax beans and a large dish of truffle mac and cheese. What is a chicken parmesan The beans were crunchy-fresh, and the mac and cheese surprisingly light. Chicken parmesan italian (It’s easy to mess up mac and cheese, especially when you add truffles to the mix.) My Marsala sauce was a little on the sweet side, but tasted good on the chicken. Parmesan chicken manicotti A fine dish overall, but a little salt or sage would temper the sweetness.

Because the Monte Cristo may be the most-rare of sandwiches, I had to order it. Easy bake chicken parmesan It comes with ham and a gooey mix of Swiss and Gouda cheese between two slices of bread that’s battered and fried, and served with a dusting of powdered sugar and a side (or drizzle) of raspberry jam. How to make chicken parmesan baked It was good, and would be even better with some saltier, maybe even country-style ham, and a slightly more savory batter.

Despite the odd juxtaposition of the island vibe and Italian-meets-American menu items, Felix Cafe is worth a visit. Chicken parmesan in oven recipe The atmosphere is fun and welcoming, the staff is friendly and the outdoor space is usually busy. Parmesan chicken breast recipes They have live music and wine specials throughout the week, and on those nights it can get crowded.