Good Eats: Julia's Empanadas

Thursday, August 30, 2012

In the spring of 2010 I suffered a severe health emergency while on a business trip to Texas. It was one of the most traumatic experience of my entire life. I'm not going to write about that today. Which means you are probably wondering what empanadas and chronic health issues have to do with one another. Right? Glad you asked.  

About a year ago I started seeing a specialist to help me with the ramifications of that ill-fated trip. While I am wildly grateful for such fine treatment, the doctor's office is a bit of a drive. Fortunately, whenever I come to work directly following an appointment it means I drive due south on Georgia Avenue, passing right by Julia's Empanadas on a fairly regular basis. 

Julia's Empanadas is a DC staple with three locations in the metro area. They are great for a couple reasons. First, they bake their empanadas, which means you don't have any greasy regrets. Second, the empanadas are huge! I got two once and didn't eat for another 24 hours. Finally, these little pockets of goodness are super affordable, which is always a win in my book. Usually I opt for the vegetarian option, with an outer shell made from a savory sweet potato dough. Today I indulged in the salteñas chicken with potato, green peas, hard boiled egg, raisins, green olives and onion. Now that's some good eating.

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