Must Try Food and Drink in Uruguay

Must Try Food and Drink in Uruguay

January 22, 2018 Food and drink 0

Tasting local food and drink is one of the best ways to experience and understand a country when traveling, and Uruguay is no exception as it has many local food and drink specialities to try.  Besides selling Colonia, Uruguay ferry tickets we are big foodies and have assembled a list of our must-eat culinary items in the country.

  • Chivito – The national dish, chivito, is a very filling and delicious sandwich you have to try when visiting Colonia or any other city in Uruguay.  It consists of a bun filled with a thin slice of steak, ham, melted cheese, a fried egg and a selection of fresh and pickled vegetables.  It usually comes with french fries too!  We recommend going to one of the food carts in Colonia to try it, our favorite is the El Eslabon cart directly outside of the ferry terminal in Colonia.
  • Tannat wine – While neighboring Argentina has grown famous for it’s Malbec wine, Uruguay is also an emerging wine hotspot, especially for it’s Tannat wine.  The Tannat grape is originally from France, but is almost exclusively grown in Uruguay these days.  There are several wineries nearby Colonia, Uruguay to visit or any restaurant in the city will have bottles to try.
  • Dulce de Leche – Uruguayan dulce de leche sauce is unique from the Argentine version.  The caramel sauce produced in Uruguay is especially thick in consistency because of the creamier than normal milk produced in the country.  Buy a bottle of it in any grocery or gift shop.
  • Mate – Wondering what’s in those thermoses seemingly every local has under their shoulder?  It’s hot water for preparing mate, the herbal infusion popular in Argentina as well, but consumed even more per capita in Uruguay.