Parador La Huella
Calle de Los Cisnes, 20402 José Ignacio, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay
| +598 4486 2279
The Best Beach Restaurant on the PlanetLa Huella may be the world's best beach restaurant. Tucked amidst the dunes of Playa Brava, the laidback restaurant is one of the few that stays open year-round in Jose Ignacio. Since opening 11 years ago, La Huella has attracted both locals and travelers with its chill vibe and stellar food. I showed up for a late night meal with a crew of American and Argentinean chefs who'd heard rumors of how great the food was and our mission was well rewarded. The chef, Alejandro Morales, cooks exactly the type of food you want to eat when staring out at the crashing waves and dining in flip flops and a sun dress. We feasted on plancha-style shrimp, fried smelts, Peruvian-style shrimp and potatoes, and paccheri and clams. The perfect, crusty bread is from the famous recipe of San Francisco's Bar Tartine.
I think the highlight of my meal was the killer dessert. If you like dulce de leche then the molten dulce de leche cakes will blow your mind. La Huella also serves an excellent breakfast and some of the best coffee in town.