A small, friendly spot located in the hub of Adams Morgan, Julia's only sells these baked pastry creations, stuffed with a variety of combinations, including beef, chorizo (Spanish sausage), spinach, chicken, turkey, hard-boiled eggs, black beans, onions, raisins, green peas and potatoes.
Julia of Julia's fame comes in every day and cooks. A native of Chile, she makes her empanadas based on recipes from several South American countries. Her empanadas are the perfect size for a small meal, so the very hungry can also order a sopapilla (fried dough with confectioner's sugar sprinkled on top) or even a dessert empanada, filled with combinations of fruit such as pears and blueberries. If you've got a hankering for a light-night snack after the clubs close on the weekends, Julia's stays open until 3:30 in the morning.
-- Harriet Winslow