by Cheryl Baehr
Flaco's Cocina (8400 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-395-4343), the colorful Caribbean and Latin American restaurant at Delmar Boulevard and I-170, appears to have closed last Thursday. A note on the restaurant's Facebook page states "permanently closed," and the restaurant's phone has been disconnected.
Flaco's Cocina opened in 2008 and was a ray of light in an otherwise drab University City strip mall. Part Tex-Mex, part Caribbean and Latin-American fusion, the restaurant was inspired by the Flaco's Tacos, the long-shuttered, beloved spot on Lindell Boulevard that claims to have introduced St. Louis to the fish taco.With its stiff drinks, large covered patio and bohemian downstairs lounge, Flaco's Cocina was a popular watering hole. Though patrons came to the restaurant for the fish tacos, the restaurant was much more than a taco joint. Impeccable guacamole, lobster quesadillas and mole-covered chile rellenos made Flaco's one of the more interesting gringo-style restaurants in the area.