Welcome to Irma’s Original!

Serving Mexican specialties 6 days a week, Irma’s offers guests an ever-changing selection of breakfast and lunch items. And since it’s just down the street from Minute Maid Park, when the Astros are in town, Irma’s stays open until 7 pm to feed hungry fans en route to the game.

Admiring the insouciant decor? Be sure to check out the autographed photos to see which celebrities have paid a visit and paid compliments to the chef.

Recently featured in the Wall Street Journal and Texas Highways magazine, Irma’s has been recognized by the Food Network as among the “Best of Houston.”

Drop in for a glass of Irma’s famous lemonade. Irma’s has accommodated many of the biggest names in the entertainment and politcal world. Every space in Irma’s is a monument to historical dining events held on the premise and world recognized visitors. An instant hometown feel with a welcoming staff serving up the culinary favorites. Parking? Irma’s has it covered with their own restaurant parking space. Come by today and meet Irma herself and the rest of the staff.


Our Story


Irma Galvan

Houston’s Famous Chef Irma Galvan

Irma Gonzalez Galvan was born in Brownsville, TX on December 4, 1941. She was the oldest of four children. At the age of five, her mother brought the family to Houston, TX. Irma started working at a very young age to help her mother and three siblings.

Irma worked at the Purse Wholesale Furniture Company for over 20 years when tragedy struck her family. In 1982 her husband Louis was murdered, by now Irma had four children. She struggled as a single mother with no insurance and no backup plan and the economic down spin the city was going through, she decided to operate her very own business and started a small sandwich shop in downtown Houston.

Although there were many times that Irma almost gave up she had to keep going. She soon changed the restaurant to Mexican food and that’s how Irma’s Mexican Restaurant was born. She brought her personal furniture from home to the restaurant and soon was able to hire her children to work with her.

Irma is a self-made entrepreneur, she embraced life in her middle years, and she is a high-energy person and is known to give the utmost attention to all her customers. She has been an inspiration, and has taught women that hard work, dedication, and love can make your dreams come true.

Food & Drink


Authentic Home-cooking at its Finest!

But more about the bill of fare, which features 16 new items every day, depending on the chef’s culinary inclinations and the availability of fresh local ingredients.

Check out below some of our most popular selections. Be sure to try our famous Carne Guisada and Irma’s Limónada.




22 N Chenevert St
Houston TX 77002
For Reservations or To Book Private Events: (713) 222-0767
FX (713) 229-9306

Mon – Thurs: 8 AM – 3 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 9 PM
Saturday: 4 PM – 9 PM

Open till 7:00PM
during Astros home games

Except Sundays: Closed

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(713) 222-0767