20151201_120125Remember the old Maria’s Italian Kitchen restaurant on Flower Street that closed down back in May?  Well, the space is now the home of a new restaurant called FOH, which stands for Front of House.  Chef Rodrigo Cabeza de Vaca serves what’s described as shareable plates of seasonally modern Mexican food.

We popped in for lunch a few days ago.  The interior has been given a massive makeover since the Maria days.  It now has a very industrial farm chic environment.


The menu is broken down into four sections: tapas, salads, tortas and main dishes.  There are a lot of ingredients listed on the menu that we could not identify.  Some of them we searched on our phones and other we asked the server to explain.  We ended up starting with the Quinoa Salad ($7) which was a blend of quinoa, brown rice, cauliflower, broccoli and olives.  This was a great choice.  It was clean, flavorful and healthy. 

Both my husband and I ordered tortas.  He went for the Choriqueso ($11).  It was Argentinian chorizo and manchego on sourdough.  Surprisingly, it was more like a hamburger patty than traditional chorizo, but it was good.  At the suggestion of the server, I ordered the Cuitlacoche Chicken ($12).  It was white meat chicken served with cuitlacoche, onion, zucchini and tomato.  We didn’t know what cuitlacoche was, but our Google search told us it was “corn smut,” or an edible fungus that grows on corn.  The server said it was delicious.  It was good, but I was expecting more flavor.


I liked FOH.  The food was fresh and original.  If you are looking for something unique and different, you need to check the place out.

FOH 615 So. Flower Street 213.537.0554


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