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Irma's Restaurant

22 N Chenevert St, Houston, TX - (713) 222-0767
Posted By Stephen Rushmore on 10/28/2012 4:06:00 PM
Located on the fringe of downtown Houston, Irma's Restaurant is a soulful Mexican joint artfully run by its namesake owner. The restaurant has expanded over the years with new additions and terraces, but the food and experience still remains intact. If you dine in the original section of the restaurant you will be accompanied by a packed room filled with kitschy souvenirs collected over the years. Irma is actively involved in taking orders, serving food, and conversing with the customers; it feels like you are dining in her house.

All meals begin with homemade chips and medium-spiced salsa. Be sure to wash it down with a margarita on the rocks. For starters we ordered lentil soup and pork tamales. The broth-based soup blended with bits of vegetables and beef went down very easily. Tender pork tamales were served with a side of homemade green chili salsa that warmed the mouth.

For entrees, fish tacos are served inside homemade tortillas and topped with fresh ingredients. The chicken mole enchiladas were tender, subtlety sweet and spicy. None of the food at Irma's is extraordinarily spicy, where you are grabbing a pitcher of water every couple of minutes; Irma prepares the meals so you taste the fresh mix of ingredients.

Be sure to finish the meal and cleanse the palate with light and airy sopapillas topped with nuts and honey. The soft interior of the dough was surrounded with a crispy fried perimeter.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Enchiladas
Banana Pudding
Lentil Soup
Sopapillas
Fish Tacos
Tamales
Chips and Salsa
Guacamole
Tres Leches
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Fish tacos are served inside homemade tortillas and topped with fresh ingredients
"Fish tacos are served inside homemade tortillas and topped with fresh ingredients"
Stephen Rushmore





Tender pork tamales were served with a side of homemade green chili salsa that warmed the mouth
"Tender pork tamales were served with a side of homemade green chili salsa that warmed the mouth"
Stephen Rushmore


Lightweight chips and a medium-spiced homemade salsa
"Lightweight chips and a medium-spiced homemade salsa"
Stephen Rushmore


The broth-based lentil soup blended with bits of vegetables and beef went down very easily
"The broth-based lentil soup blended with bits of vegetables and beef went down very easily"
Stephen Rushmore


The chicken mole enchiladas were tender, subtlety sweet and spicy
"The chicken mole enchiladas were tender, subtlety sweet and spicy"
Stephen Rushmore


Sweet, but not too moist tres leches
"Sweet, but not too moist tres leches"
Stephen Rushmore


Be sure to finish the meal and cleanse the palette with light and airy sopapillas topped with nuts and honey.  The soft interior of the dough was surrounded with a crispy fried perimeter.
"Be sure to finish the meal and cleanse the palette with light and airy sopapillas topped with nuts and honey. The soft interior of the dough was surrounded with a crispy fried perimeter."
Stephen Rushmore


Banana pudding with nuts and wafers
"Banana pudding with nuts and wafers"
Stephen Rushmore


A sampling of desserts
"A sampling of desserts"
Stephen Rushmore


Lightly chopped guacamole
"Lightly chopped guacamole"
Stephen Rushmore


If you dine in the original section of the restaurant you will be accompanied by a packed room filled with kitschy souvenirs collected over the years
"If you dine in the original section of the restaurant you will be accompanied by a packed room filled with kitschy souvenirs collected over the years"
Stephen Rushmore


Inside the original section of the restaurant.
"Inside the original section of the restaurant."
Stephen Rushmore


Be sure to check the store hours before you head over
"Be sure to check the store hours before you head over"
Stephen Rushmore


Restaurant Exterior
"Restaurant Exterior"
Stephen Rushmore


Irma always carries a big smile.  Take a look at the Roadfood business card she is wearing!
"Irma always carries a big smile. Take a look at the Roadfood business card she is wearing!"
Stephen Rushmore



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