Di Maria Fresh Food owners Alejandro Flores (left) and Luis Maldonado offer authentic cuisine from their Mexican heritage. Photo by Trilla Cook

When Luis Maldonado and Alejandro Flores put their signature on a restaurant, it has to be authentic.

Both gentlemen are from Mexico and they met while in college. Maldonado has been living in this area since 2008, and Flores came to the vicinity in 2019 after more than 15 years in the restaurant business in Guerrero, Mexico, near Acapulco. The pair decided the area needed food from their part of the world, so the idea was hatched to open a restaurant here.

“We got together and came up with an idea of bringing authentic Mexican food to the Kingwood/Atascocita/Humble area,” said Maldonado. “We saw the need for something different, fresh and with family atmosphere in the community. We chose the location, and the landlord that we found gave us a chance to create our dream of opening a restaurant here.”

On Dec. 11, 2019, Di Maria Fresh Food restaurant opened on West Lake Houston Parkway in a location that is centrally situated to serve all of the Lake Houston area.

“Being close to the area where our family lives was a deciding factor to open the restaurant here, besides the need that we saw to have something different besides fast-food chains,” Maldonado said.

“Family has always encouraged us to follow our dreams, and we knew the community would love our food,” said Maldonado, “and Mr. Flores fell in love with the community to start a business and raise a family here.”

The name Di Maria originates from the first name of one of Flores’ daughters, and it reminded him of a Spanish restaurant in Madrid, Spain that was a gathering place for family to enjoy food and have a wonderful time.

Di Maria Fresh Food offers two signature dishes from the breakfast menu: Chilaquiles Di Maria, which consists of red chilaquiles with beef fajita, homemade beans, two fried eggs, onion and avocado. The second dish is Motuleños, consisting of two fried tortillas with beans, two fried eggs with ranchera sauces, green peas, white cheese, ham and fried plantain.

From the lunch/dinner menu, the signature dishes are: arrachera steak, which is beef skirt steak, with three cheese enchiladas, fresh guacamole, homemade beans and homemade flour or corn tortillas, and shrimp bruschetta, consisting of shrimp rolled with bacon, jalapeño, gratin chihuahua cheese, rice, homemade beans, fresh guacamole, pico de gallo and either homemade flour or corn tortillas.

Or consider fajitas, either beef, chicken or mixed, with green bell peppers, tomato, grilled onions accompanied by fresh guacamole, homemade beans, rice and tortillas.

Another selection is the alambre mix, which is shrimp, chicken, beef, bacon, grilled onions and green pepper and gratin white cheese accompanied by guacamole, rice, beans and tortillas.

According to Maldonado, their menu is comprised of a fusion of South Mexican cuisine from the Pacific coast, Caribbean seafood, Italian and Thai. The food is a careful selection of healthy, fresh and flavorful dishes that were gathered from around the world emphasizing the freshness, presentation and variety of flavors that will make it different but fulfilling to the eye and body.

“We are constantly adding dishes that the customers try and we improve upon them,” said Maldonado. “Our breakfast menu is available all day and you can find a selection of fruits, eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, smoothies and yogurts, giving an option on the healthy side. We have dishes that cater to our vegetarian customers, anything from breakfast, tacos, soups and dinner.”

Maldonado went on to explain their “vision.”

“We choose the freshest and best products to make each of the dishes and thus be able to feed the body and draw a smile on each consumer,” he said. “When we cook, we do it as if we are cooking for our loved ones and with the attention that requires such care.”

“We hope to succeed and let people know the type of food that we bring from our heritage to this wonderful community,” Maldonado added. “This is a family-owned business, and our family has been involved in the creation and starting process of this endeavor.”

Flores and his wife, Irma, have four children: two girls, Maria Jose,11, and Roberta, 3; and two boys, Luis, 9, and Jorge, 7.

Maldonado has two girls: Anna, 20, and Emma,18.

The families are grateful to the local community for their support.

“The only reason we are in business is because the community has encouraged us through this pandemic to continue with the business. The words of support of the community are the most valuable thing that this business endeavor has given us,” he said.

The two business owners are connecting in numerous ways with the community. “Through our restaurant we hope to offer the community a wonderful experience to enjoy good, fresh food made with the best ingredients that we can find, and bring smiles into the lives of the people whom we serve,” Maldonado said. “We are actively connecting with the community through charities, the local YMCA activities and the local hospitals, like Kingwood Medical Center. When we can be present to support and spread our name, we are highly motivated. Community is something that we hold close to our hearts. It’s like family.”

Di Maria Fresh Food restaurant is located at 20669 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Suite P, in Humble, just south of the bridge over Lake Houston.

For more information call 832-777-1585 and/or visit dimariafood.com to see their menus.

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