El Torito Steakhouse (3a Avenida 4-35 Zona 1), one block west of the plaza, has decent-value set lunches for about $4 and a somewhat interesting cowboy ambience complete with stuffed animal heads. There’s good filet mignon for about $6 and grilled chicken with rice, potatoes, and vegetables.
La Pizza de Ciro, on the west side of the plaza, serves edible pizzas but certainly nothing to write home about.
If all else fails there’s always Guatemala’s ever-popular answer to KFC, Pollo Campero (2a Avenida 7-35 Zona 1), serving tasty fried or grilled chicken, sandwiches, and some decent breakfasts in a sit-down environment with wait staff. Pizza and pasta dishes have been added as part of a partnership with Spanish chain Telepizza.
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