4. Try Morcilla Dulce at Mercado del Puerto – A Parrilla Experience
You may already be familiar with blood sausages or morcilla. In Uruguay, morcilla dulce is a local specialty that you don’t want to miss out on.
These are sweet blood sausages made with sugar, raisins, and ground nutmeg to give them their sweet taste.
You’ll be surprised at how sweet these sausages really are. The caramelized sugar on the sausages combined with the raisins and nutmeg make them like a dessert.
Have your first sausage dessert, an experience of a lifetime.
One of the best places to experience morcilla dulce is at Mercado del Puerto in the Old City or Ciudad Vieja.
A market only by name, this Montevideo former old port market building built in 1868 has impressive iron-wrought structures.
This market is now made up of a pavilion of restaurants dedicated to selling meat.
These parrillas all share the common elements of open fires and large iron grills filled with varied cuts of meats and sausages cooking tenderly to perfection.
Although it is a bit touristy, with restaurant staff fighting for your attention while presenting their English menu, it is worth a visit. Look around and seat yourself at a counter that appeals to your taste buds.
One restaurant that’s popular with locals and that we recommend is Don Garcia.
Address: Mercado del Puerto, Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 228, Montevideo, Uruguay
Hours: Open daily, 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Pro Tips: Make sure you have cash, as card payments are not accepted
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