Julia's Empanadas

Latin American, South American
$$$$ ($14 and under)
Empanar means "to bake in pastry" in Spanish; and at Julia's, it means good eating.
Mon-Wed 11 am-2:00 am; Thu-Sat 11 am -3:00am; Sun 11 am-7 pm
(Dupont Circle)
Dupont Circle (Red Line), Farragut North (Red Line)
202-861-8828
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Editorial Review

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