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“Good, but expensive”
Review of Irma's Original

Irma's Original
Ranked #550 of 8,311 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Serving Mexican specialties 6 days a week, Irma's offers guests an ever-changing selection of breakfast and lunch items. There is nothing like grandma's homemade Mexican cooking and that is exactly what you'll receive here at Irma's! Come and join us.
Reviewed August 8, 2013

We went here for a dinner before an Astros game on the advice of a local.

We parked on the street north of the actual restaurant and spent about 15 minutes trying to figure out where the entrance was. It has a building marked with the name on Ruiz and Chenevert with the address on it, but the actual restaurant is further south on Chenevert, near Congress. To out-of-towners, this was confusing. We circled the old building for a good 10 minutes and almost went somewhere else; the smell of food kept us in pursuit.

The atmosphere and food is as advertised in previous reviews- mostly good but somewhat spendy. The staff were all friendly and lively and the restaurant offers free parking if you're going to the Astros game (we were accosted by the parking attendant upon walking through the entrance, asking if we paid for parking as though it were some great sin to have done so, which was all of $0.20).

A bit confusing- no menus delivered at seating and no prompts for anything initially. They'll try to give you a menu verbally but if you ask for a menu, you'll get a small 3x5 with prices.

The cost for an order of shrimp enchiladas, cheese enchiladas, a small side of guacamole (which we were asked three times to order the guac before we finally caved and did so), a small tres leches desert, one margarita, and two bottled Stellas came out to about $65. With appropriate tip, the meal ended up costing about $78. Now there's no doubt the food was tasty (although there were only three shrimps in the enchiladas, and they were placed on top of the tortillas, not inside), but I'm not sure we could afford to spend this much again for a pre-game meal.

The guac and tres leches were both very tasty and I would recommend if you're going there.

Overall, very tasty and a great atmosphere, but be prepared to spend as though you're in a five-star restaurant.

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3  Thank Mark F
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a Mom and Pop place with great food and service. Price is a little high, but I would definitely go again. The server (one of Irma's sons) was awesome and attentive. You tell him what you like and he makes a few recommendations. Best cheese enchiladas ever! We went in a group of 8 to celebrate a friends bday. She got tres leches to celebrate. yum!

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Thank Tonya L
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Visited yesterday for lunch after years and years of hearing positive things about this place. I must have ordered the wrong thing but it's kind of hard to choose when they rattle off the menu verbally and you can't browse the menu yourself. Ordered shrimp tacos. We live near the coast, in the land of Tex Mex. No good reason for those tacos. There were two small tacos. Each had 2 quarter-size shrimp that had been mangled and stretched to look like more with tons of lettuce and tomatoes on top to make it look like more and a load of rice. All for ONLY $15.50. Go somewhere else. Too many options here for that unless there is some magical dish on the menu that I didn't know enough about to order.

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2  Thank Michelle_kre
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

So they do not have a menu, I'm a vegetarian and you get one option... Spinach and cheese enchiladas. The food was ok, but nothing special. My husband and I got two margaritas and two meals and the bill was $67.50!!!! All the meals there are $18.50.... Not worth $18, we could easily of had a dinner at a fancy restaurant for $67!!!!!

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2  Thank ashley h
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

If you like Mexican with family values, this is the place to go. Irma herself runs the show and it shows. The lemonade is a must.

Thank ghook
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