For breakfast, there’s a cluster of inexpensive places just west of Hotel Elvir, and also along 1 Calle NE between 2 and 3 Avenidas.
Pollito Dorado, a block west of Hotel Elvir, serves basic Honduran standards and good fried chicken in a relaxed, inexpensive restaurant. The egg and bean baleadas, in a large, crispy flour tortilla, are an excellent light meal for only US$0.50. The restaurant serves a decent breakfast also. Open daily until 10 p.m.
Buffet Baleadas y Más has the best baleadas in town (US$0.60 for a simple, US$0.75 with egg or avocado), as well as a plato del día, usually chicken or beef.
For a wide selection of well-cooked Honduran standards, try Hemady’s Típico (7:45 a.m.–10 p.m. daily), one and a half blocks west of the park on Centenario, a simple restaurant with good renditions of Honduran classics for US$2–5.
A step up is Las Haciendas (US$3–7 per entrée), with two locations in the center of town, both with bars. One good, low-price deal is the large sandwich for US$2. The westernmost location is open until late (midnight-ish) most nights, and even later (3 a.m.) on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, when they host live music.
In the same neighborhood is the similar El Rodeo, with a good plato típico, nachos, hamburgers, and inexpensive drinks. They have live music frequently throughout the week, especially on weekends. Owned by the mayor, this is one of the places the local intelligentsia like to hang out.
If you’re hungry while waiting for the bus, the comedor at the terminal serves fried chicken, and the JM buffet restaurant right nearby has a hearty all-you-can-eat buffet for US$5 per person.