Ibarra has a decent number of restaurants, with a variety of cuisines: seafood, Chinese, Italian and international (steaks and hamburgers especially) all feature heavily. If you want almuerzos or fast food, you won't have to go far; a good spot is on the Calle Olmedo side of Parque Merced, where (by night) there is stall after stall of comedores cooking up $1 plates of soup, rice and meat (a couple are also open during the day). For seafood, head to Calle Oviedo between Calle Chica Narvaez (on the roundabout) and Rivadeneira, where you'll find a row of cevicherias selling cheap bowls of ceviche and plates piled high with fried fish and shrimp.
For dessert, try Ibarra's specialty, nogadas (traditional sweets made from sugar, milk and walnuts), which are also sold at a number of stands on the Olmedo side of Parque Merced, just down from the food stalls. And no trip to Ibarra would be complete without sampling its most famous specialty: helados de paila. This sweet, fluffy sorbet-like treat is whipped up in oversized copper pans, known as pailas, and sold at a number of heladerĂas in town.