The people of Chiclayo regard a few of their Peruvian dishes to be supreme to similar dishes in other regions. When visiting a restaurant in Chiclayo, be sure to try at least one of these dishes. Some of the most popular are arroz con pato, or rice with duck, seco de cabrito, a goat meat stew, and espesado, a dish made with meats and rice served with rice. If you aren't in the mood for traditional food, there are a couple of places in the area you can get international foods, such as sandwiches and pastas.
Inexpensive dining choices are a bit scarce in the downtown area. If in a pinch, try one of the two markets: Mercado Central (Vicente de la Vega, between A La Point and Av. Balta Norte) and the famed Mercado Modelo (Jr. Arica and Av. Balta Norte). Among their stalls are produce stands and cheap eateries, serving until about 3 p.m. Many small shops offer cheap, quick cebiche and papa rellena plates from early morning to mid-afternoon. A handy supermarket is Hipermercado Metro at San JosĂ© 320.