Sniffing out cheap eats is a talent of many long term and budget travellers.
You don't have to sniff very far in Xela, Guatemala to get more bang for your Quetzal.
As is the case in most of Guatemala, the key to eating cheaply in Xela is hitting up the local markets and street stalls. Not only will you eat for a fraction of restaurant | cafe prices, you will get a real sense of the local vibe and flavour.
Here's how and where to eat cheaply in Xela:
Start the day at an inexpensive comedor in the dining hall, Maya Cafe. Located a block from Parque Centro America, this is a popular choice for typical Guatemalan fare.