Irene's Restaurant

601 Second St.
Laurel, MD 20707


Neighborhood: Laurel

Cuisines: South American

Opening Hours:
Open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: 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

Cheap Eats 2010: Irene's Restaurant

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

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.

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