5268 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA
Photos courtesy of Yelp.
This small, homey Panaderia (Guatemalan for bakery) restaurant is so inconspicuous that I've passed by it on Buford Hwy so many times and never knew it existed. The restaurant puts the focus on authentic, original Guatemalan cuisine. Its name, "Xela", borrows from the indigenous name for Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in Guatemala. Prices are extremely reasonable, so you can probably get a little bit of everything here to try. Reviewers note they have tasty tamales, estofado, chile rellenos, ceviches, tacos, and quesadillas. Their vast selection of baked goods could also make for a tempting after-dinner treat. Food is so low-priced you can get tamales and chuchitos for $2.50/$1.75 each. They have so many unique Guatemalan treats here that you can probably eat everything that Guatemala is known for in one night. After dinner, expect that some of us will hop on over to another regular hangout spot like Sweet Hut (located just across the street).
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