José Ignacio, Uruguay
Chief reason to visit: The ultimate in chic beach eating, Parador La Huella’s repertoire in grilled seafood led by Vanessa González is second to none, making it a regular summer spot for trendy and fashionable visitors from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and beyond.
A few words on the chef: When she took over the kitchen from Alejandro Morales – who founded La Huella with business partners Martin Pittaluga, Guzmán Artagaveytia and Gustavo Barbero – in 2015, González had trained in Brazil, Argentina and California, as well as having overseen the events and HR departments of the restaurant and worked with local producers for years.
Typical dishes: Grilled seabass and corvina ceviche and, for dessert, the dulce de leche volcano, an absolute must-eat dish for those with a sweet tooth.
International expansion: A second establishment, Quinto La Huella, opened in 2016 at Miami’s fashionable East Hotel in Brickell, serving the original sushi and grilled-meat offering in a larger, more urban setting.
Bonus point: Morales co-writes a monthly column for Lento de Montevideo magazine and has penned a cookbook, La Huella.