Expect a menu that switches things up based on seasonality and ingredient availability—and, most importantly, James Beard Award-winning chef-owner Irma Galvan’s culinary intuition. If you can get it, the Handmade Pork Roast Tamale shines with its seamless meat-to-masa ratio, though you can almost always fill up on fresh Spinach Enchiladas, Picadillo Chiles Relleno, Fish Tacos, and Irma’s Homemade Flan.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first-served seating.
Owner: Irma Galvan
One of Houston’s most beloved matriarchs, Irma Galvan has been serving some of the Bayou City’s finest Tex-Mex since the late '80s. A hands-on chef and owner, the spunky 79-year-old has never shied away from work, which means she still goes to the market each morning to pick out the vegetables, and still works in the kitchen alongside her kitchen crew. Regulars are greeted with a smile and hug, part of the reason why her tagline is “como en su casa”—just like at home. And the best thing about Irma’s? They don’t have a menu. Sit down and tell them what you feel like eating—spinach enchiladas are a specialty, as is the chicken mole, carne guisada, mahi mahi fish tacos and pork tamales—and they’ll bring it out to you. The fresh guacamole is not to be missed.
How to order: Open for dine-in. For takeout, call 713-222-0767.