Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: Irene's Restaurant
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Irene's Restaurant
Address: 601 Second St., Laurel, MD 20707
Phone: 301-362-3371
Neighborhood: Laurel
Cuisines: South American
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Baliada with chicken, avocado, and scrambled eggs; chicken soup; pollo guisada; pupusas; berry batida milkshake.
The space once housed a rotisserie-chicken franchise, but in fact this is a proud, family-style operation that delivers where it counts.

The standout is the baleada ($4.75 for two), essentially a Honduran taco or burrito. A pizza-size flour tortilla is tossed on the griddle, then smeared with creamy refried beans and drizzled with crema. A superb variation adds diced rotisserie chicken, slices of avocado, and scrambled eggs. The baleadas come two to an order for $4.75—the single best dining value in the area. There’s also a generous portion of pollo guisado ($7.95)—two pieces of stewed chicken with rice and beans, two tortillas, and a salad—and excellent pupusas ($1.50 to $1.75) with a mound of the fresh, tangy slaw called curtido.

Open Monday through Friday 9 to 9.

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