Empanada Kitchen Expands to North Park

Empanada Kitchen
Alfajores at Empanada Kitchen (courtesy photo)

Empanada Kitchen, a local purveyor serving up Argentine food culture in San Diego with handmade, baked empanadas has opened a second location centrally situated on El Cajon Boulevard in the foodie-haven neighborhood of North Park.

The casual restaurant originated at the North Park Farmer’s Market in 2016, and its first brick and mortar location opened in February 2018 in Downtown San Diego. After less than one year Downtown, Empanada Kitchen was named one of “Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. 2019.” This accolade, along with much additional praise and demand for their golden-brown baked empanadas, motivated an expansion with a new location in one of San Diego’s favorite boroughs.

“We couldn’t be happier to be returning to where it all began for us in North Park,” said Matias Rigali. “This neighborhood is one of the major hubs for all the latest and greatest in the San Diego restaurant, nightlife, and art scenes and it’s extremely exciting for us to be part of this community.”

The new North Park location at 2855 El Cajon Boulevard will serve all the original favorite permanent and rotating savory and sweet flavors, and beginning in Fall 2019, will also be serving a variety of local craft beer and wine.

About Empanada Kitchen

Empanada Kitchen—operated by local entrepreneurs and business partners Matias Rigali and Dan Housenga—serves quality HANDMADE and HAPPILY BAKED authentic Argentine empanadas made with special care. Stemming from the Spanish word “empanar,” which means to fold or wrap in bread, empanadas are a staple cuisine in Argentina; each region of the country having its own style and manner of preparation. Many families have their own unique recipes, just as Empanada Kitchen’s handmade recipe was handed down to Rigali from his family, having first learned to bake them as a child.

A variety of empanada flavors are available including vegetarian and vegan options, as well as seasonal savory and sweet ingredients. Savory empanadas are always accompanied with homemade chimichurri sauce made fresh every day following a traditional gaucho-approved recipe.

Empanada Kitchen North Park is located at 2855 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 3, San Diego, CA 92104. The hours of operation for this location are: Mon – Thurs: 10:00am-8:00pm, Fri: 10:00am-9:00pm, Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, and Sun: Closed.

Empanada Kitchen Downtown is located at 819 C Street. San Diego, CA 92101. Hours of operation are: Mon-Fri:  9:00am-8:00pm, Sat: 10:00am-6:00pm, Sun: 10:00am-3:00pm

For more information about Empanada Kitchen, visit empanada-kitchen.com or call (619) 228-9419. Catering is also available online or by phone order. Stay in the know by following Empanada Kitchen on Facebook and Instagram for news and updates.