by April 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0


Mariachis and Margaritas this Saturday, April 27. (Borderstan collage)

Put on a sombrero, listen to the mariachis and get into the Cinco de Mayo spirit this Saturday, April 27. It is not going to be like climbing the moon or sun pyramids in Mexico, but you will have fun tasting a different 12-ounce pour or Margaritas along the way during the Margarita March.

Eight local bars will be participating and a portion of ticket sales will benefit Inspirational Medicine and Washington Literary Center.

The Margarita March check-in is from 12 to 4 pm at Alero at 1301 U Street NW. You will then make the rounds, in the order you choose, to the other venues. The tasting tour will last until 10 pm, no need to rush through those margaritas.

Get your tickets here and do your Margarita March as you visit Alero, Bar Rouge, Ben’s Next Door, Judy Restaurant, La Villa, Nellie’s Sports Bar, Tabaq Bistro and Stoney’s.

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by March 1, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]


Judy’s Bar & Restaurant on 14th Street NW, just south of Florida Avenue. (Luis Gomez Photos)

You’re never too old for Tower Hour…

Judy’s Bar & Restaurant (2212 14th Street NW) is hosting its second Tecate Tower Hour Friday, March 1.

Here’s what you do:

  • Grab three friends (teams of four can compete)
  • Drink Tecate
  • Build an awesome tower (note: not the tallest, just the most innovative) with your empty cans
  • Win a free dinner

For more information, visit the Facebook event page. The competition starts at 9 pm sharp!

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by November 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm 2,504 0


Judy’s Bar & Restaurant at 2212 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Judy Restaurant El Salvadorian & Mexican Food (2012 14th Street NW) is hosting its first-ever Tecate Tower Hour this Saturday at 6:30 pm. Here’s how it works:

  • Teams of up to four will work together to drink $4 cans of Tacate and make the “coolest,” or more unique, tower out of the empty cans.
  • Each team will have one hour to complete the architectural challenge.
  • The owners of the restaurant will judge the best team.

Judy Restaurant provides the neighborhood with genuine and affordable Latin American flavors, including traditional tamales, quesadillas, pupusas and other dishes that evoke authentic flavors.

For more information on the event, call 202-265-2519 or visit the restaurant’s Yelp page.

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by May 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm 3,309 0

"Borderstan" "Judy Restaurant" "14th Street"

Judy Restaurant on 14th Street NW between W and V Streets offers authentic Salvadoran-Mexican food in a rapidly changing area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

If you find yourself wanting to enjoy some authentic, affordable Latin American flavors, the Judy Restaurant El Salvadorian & Mexican Food at 2012 14th Street NW remains a good option. The restaurant has been open since 1993 — prior to that the owners ran first a billiards room and then a grocery store.

The ample space has an original taste to it with TV screens showing telenovelas or futbol that you can watch from the bar or from some of the tables in the main room. They have a second room that serves as a music stage or can be rented for private parties. On the second floor they have pool tables.

Judy Restaurant is a colorful, bright place. The crowd is very mixed — “old” and “new” customers. During the week Latin American workers as well as young, new neighbors gather for a happy hour –that is usually bilingual with a bartender that keeps   conversations going in Spanish and English.

Judy is not a fancy place, but it does have delicious food. You can say it is Salvadorian-Mexican, but there is such a thin line in that description. I am not from El Salvador or from Mexico, but the food does remind me of the good flavors from home. The menu at Judy Restaurant consists of your traditional tamales, quesadillas, pupusas and other traditional dishes that evoke real flavors.

Matty had a fried yuca and pork plate that was unbelievable (the chunks of pork are marinated before frying). The yuca was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside with a beautifully golden color.

The shrimp and mushroom quesadillas were perfectly done and already plenty. However, I kept on dipping yuca and Matty’s chunks of fried pork into a creamy sauce that was flavorful, but not too hot for me. It was a substantial meal to say the least. We were not able to get dessert.

The experience was also enhanced by the great service from Judy, the daughter of the owners. She was a delightful host who told us that her parents have had the restaurant for a long time and that they own the building. Judy’s dad is actually in charge of the kitchen. Judy Restaurant is a one of those hidden gems in the neighborhood.

Judy Restaurant: The Details

  • Where Am I Going? 2212 14th Street NW.
  • When Am I Going? Sunday to Thursday 10 pm to 1:30 am; Friday and Saturday 10 am to 2:30 am.
  • Delivery? No, but they do have carry-out service.
  • Paycheck Pain? $12 to $20
  • Say What? It can be loud for dinner during the weekend but much quieter during weekdays.
  • What You’ll Be Eating: Great Latin American comfort food.

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