Pupusería Universitaria (1 Calle and Av. 14 de Julio, 10 a.m.–11 p.m. daily), with its charming interior of bamboo and woven mats, has particularly good and generously sized pupusas (US$0.75 each, two here is a good meal, three should leave you stuffed), a sort of fried tortilla stuffed with cheese and meat, as well as beef pinchos and roast chicken (US$4).
Perhaps the best cheap meal in town is at Super Baleadas (7 a.m.–noon and 4–11 p.m. daily), conveniently located next door to Guacamayas Hostel and just a short walk from Banana Republic. Price varies according to the number of fillings, which include butter, beans, egg, sausage, and more (US$0.40–1.50).
Very inexpensive and popular with locals is Baleadas Alma, a block from the park, with its namesake baleadas for US$0.40–0.80, and burritas, two flour tortillas served with a piece of meat, refried beans, a sprinkle of cheese, and if you’re lucky, a slice of avocado, for US$1.85.
Cafetería Cobel (7 Calle between Av. Atlántida and Av. 14 de Julio, tel. 504/442-2192) is a Ceiba institution, serving good home-cooked Honduran fare, cakes and pastries, and fresh fruit juices. Food is good and the prices are great, keeping the restaurant busy from morning till night.
Cafetería Masapan (7 Calle, between Av. República and Av. San Isidro, 6 a.m.–10 p.m. daily), right behind the Hotel Gran Paris, is an extremely popular, cavernous buffet restaurant. The extensive buffet always has a lot of low-priced choices, including a few vegetarian plates.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition