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Cheap Eats 2010: Irene's Restaurant
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 9, 2010
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Irene's Restaurant
Address: 601 Second St., Laurel, MD 20707
Phone: 301-362-3371
Neighborhood: Laurel
Cuisines: South American
Opening Hours: Open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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.
Price Details: Side orders, $.25 to $5; dinner plates, $8.50 to $13.50
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Why go: At what was once a Kenny Rogers Roasters (some of the wrought-iron signs are still up), the emphasis is on the homey, hearty cooking of Honduras and El Salvador, including the marvelous baliada, a pizza-size tortilla stuffed with two meals’ worth of fillings.

What to get: Baliadas with eggs, chicken, refried beans, and crema; chicken soup; deeply satisfying pollo guisada, a platter of stewed chicken with rice; some of the lightest pupusas around, with excellent curtido, the spicy Salvadoran coleslaw topping; strawberry batida, a creamy fruit milkshake.

Best for: When you’re really hungry.

Insider tip: Because one baliada can easily feed two, you can save money and explore the rest of the menu.

>> See all 2010 Cheap Eats restaurants here.

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