Colorado Springs sports activities bar providing new upscale menu | Arts & Leisure

Carlos Felix, Head Chef at The Antlers, a Wyndham Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., has introduced a new menu for Sportivo Primo with Duca’s Pizza. (Duca’s Neapolitan pizza is temporarily closed and will reopen when dinner capacity gets closer to 100%.) Felix created the menu for the cafe-bar.

On a recent visit, I was blown away by some of his new dishes.

First up was his fried avocado ($ 10.95). Felix peels a perfectly ripe avocado, cuts it in half and removes the seeds. Then he carefully refills the seed cavity with minced crab meat and pico de gallo. The halves are put back together, lightly breaded and fried. To serve the avocado, he cuts it in half to reveal the stunning filling. It is served with Felix’s aromatic tartar sauce. The generous portion is ideal for a joint starter or a light lunch.

Next came baby fried ribs ($ 14.95 for four, $ 16.95 for six). The ribs are braised so that they almost fall off the bone, then deep-fried until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Felix bathes them with thick tamarind icing, a sticky, sweet and spicy sauce. The ribs are served with ranch beans and grilled corn on the cob.

Both dishes are specialty but certainly destined to find spots on the regular menu once the dinner restrictions are lifted.

Another great option is the flat iron steak sandwich ($ 14.94), which is available for lunch and dinner. It is a toasted Hoagie roll with a medium-rare grilled steak, which is topped with lettuce, tomatoes, sautéed onions and mushrooms and served with a very aromatic coriander, raspberry and horseradish sauce.

The opening times are Sunday to Tuesday from 3pm to 10pm, Wednesday to Saturday from 12pm to 10pm. Details: 955-5600,

Contact the author: 636-0271.

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