Best empanadas: Julia’s Empanadas

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1221 Connecticut Ave.

Julia’s Empanadas is a hole in the wall famous for its hearty empanadas stuffed with meat and vegetables.

Don’t be fooled by appearances, though. The storefront has no chairs, handwritten signs and smells like antiseptic. But what the takeout joint may lack in ambiance, it makes up for it in flavor.

The salteñas are filled with chicken, vegetables and hard-boiled egg – a rich and warming combination. My favorite of the options, the flavors brought me back home to California and I savored every bite (far too few) until it was gone. The Chilean-style empanadas are more like the Americanized takeout you’re probably used to – they’re filled with beef, raisins, hard-boiled egg and vegetables. For something spicy, the Jamaican-style empanadas are filled with beef, vegetables and curry. The empanadas each cost $4.37.

I paired my selections with guava juice and ate them on the National Mall. I’d suggest you do the same for a unique, cheap lunch.

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