Bistro food at its best—from crisp golden fries with speckles of black truffle to a grilled Caesar salad with Parmesan and croutons to terrific roasted Brussels sprouts (dolloped with fancy calabrese honey plus slivered almonds and green apple). Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these appetizers. In our experience, the food here feels modern and classic at the same time, which makes sense given that the restaurant’s stated aim is to showcase similarities between French and Mexican cuisine (after all, Mexico was under French rule during a formative part of its history, from 1861 to 1867). On top of that, the restaurant’s name honors Julia Child, who introduced much of America to French cooking. After starting with one of the forementioned appetizers (note that they are quite reasonably priced at happy hour) you might move on to a large plate: steak frites, rich beef Bourguignon, seared scallops with turnip puree—all delightful. At brunch, we think that the Mexican side of the menu shines, from oyster mushroom tacos to barbacoa Benedict to spicy chilaquiles. The simple dining room hosts a full bar and a few booths, and it’s quiet enough for conversation (at least early in the evening). Finally, there is a romantic air to Julia’s that we can’t quite pin down but we think it would make a delightful date night destination.