Updated on June 13, 2010
Mercado del Puerto, Montevideo, Uruguay
This wonderfully-smelling indoor and outdoor market is a popular place for any beef-loving Uruguayan to go for lunch, especially on Saturdays. Although in the summer this market is normally both in and outdoors, during the winter month of May we found much of the activity to be inside.
Here one can find at least a dozen parillerias, which are restaurants that specialize in the amazing Uruguayan tradition: asado. Upon walking inside, the smoky air is filled with the aromas of roasting sausage, steak, choto, lamb, and pork. You can sit directly in front of one of these fires and watch the meat cook or sit aside at one of the tables and be waited upon with plenty of Uruguayan beer and wine.