Escaramuza Libros y Café

Dr. Pablo de María 1185,
+598 2401 3475

Bourdain ate: homemade sausage with roasted turnip and fermented vegetables, beet quiche.

Lunch date: journalist Carina Novarese, contributor for the publication El Observador.

Bar Arocena

Avenida Alfredo Arocena,
+598 2600 0483

Bourdain had: chivito sandwiches (“unofficially Uruguay’s national sandwich”) and beer.

Lunch date: Ignacio “Nacho” Mattos, head chef and owner of Estela, Café Altro Paradiso, and Flora Bar.


Sarandí 349,
+598 2915 2731

Bourdain ate: homemade gnocchi with mushrooms and pumpkin; prawns with avocado, apple, and wasabi; beef tartare with apple and wasabi

Dinner dates: chef and owner Lucía Soria and Nacho.

Chef Nacho and his grandmother Ercilia, making tuco with fresh tallarin.
Chef Nacho and his grandmother Ercilia, making tuco with fresh tallarin.
Chef Nacho and his grandmother Ercilia, making tuco with fresh tallarin.

Bar Las Flores

Bulevar España 2051,
+598 2409 8884

Bourdain had: beer, pizza a caballo (“a bizarro stoner hybrid topped with thin chickpea flatbread”).

Munchies dates: “Nacho,” Hablan por la Espalda bandmates.

La Ronda Cafe [CLOSED]

Ciudadela 1182,

Bourdain had: beer, a joint.

Drink (and weed) dates: “Nacho,” the band Hablan por la Espalda.

Parillada el Alemán

Acevedo Díaz 1135,
+598 94 501 767

Bourdain had: “dripping meats of many kinds” (morcilla, chorizo, rib-eye steak).

Dinner date: Nacho.

Cantina del Vigía

Zelmar Michelini 744,
+598 4226 8075

Bourdain had: empanadas with corn and shredded, slow-cooked beef; goat cheese and spinach croquettes; fried fish; provoleta (bubbling cheese that “puffs up and inflates on the plate”); whole roasted suckling wild boar; whole roasted fish; beef milanesa covered in tomato sauce, ham, and shredded cheese.

Dinner date: Nacho, Diego Robino, film producer and occasional fisherman; Clo Dimet, chef and owner of Hotel Posada Paradiso.

Las Nenas Steakhouse

Rua Pernambuco y Avenida Paris,
Punta del Este
+598 4249 3109

Bourdain had: drive-through steak (skirt steak and ribeye), french fries, blood sausages, and beer.

Dinner dates: Nacho and Diego Robino.

Parador La Caracola

José Ignacio
+598 9422 3015

Bourdain had: whole fish baked in salt, rib-eye steak, flank steak, suckling pig.

Dinner dates: Nacho and friends; restaurateurs Martín Pittaluga and Guzman Artagaveytia, owners of Parador la Huella.

An Uruguayan-Italian family meal

Bourdain had: tuco, an uruguayan take on Ragú alla Genovese, with handmade tallarin (tagliatelle).

Dinner dates: Nacho and his grandmother Ercilia, and their extended family.