Medina – Moroccan Baja Kitchen, a stylish and refined fast-casual eatery and lively beer and wine bar will softly open starting February 13th with a grand opening slated for March 1st. Owned and created by innovative chef Alia Jaziri, Medina’s menu is rooted in bringing together traditional North African dishes that she grew up cooking alongside her father with the quintessential flavors and ingredients from Baja California.
Located on El Cajon Boulevard in trendsetting North Park, Medina will serve a bold lunch and dinner menu that includes housemade merguez (spicy lamb) sausage flatbread tacos, herbed couscous grain bowls with Moroccan spiced chicken asado, as well as shakshuka, a skillet dish of eggs poached North African-style in a smoky, spicy, vegetable-laden tomato sauce. There will also be vegetarian and vegan offerings such as the roasted sweet potato, grilled onion and black bean taco topped with fresh avocado salsa.
Perfectly pairing with the flavors and spices of this impressive and adventurous menu will be a selection of eclectic wines, including varietals sourced from Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe wine country, and various local craft beers. Additionally, there will be fresh Greek yogurt on hand with a selection of toppings available ranging from housemade cherry syrup to olive oil, honey, and sea salt that will give patrons the option to create their own dessert.
“In creating Medina, I envisioned bringing people together in a warm and welcoming space where they could feel comfortable yet also thrilled to experience something novel,” said Alia Jaziri, founder of Medina. “Medina is a reflection of me and my unique cultural upbringing. There’s nothing that excites me more than sharing a part of who I am with others, in hopes of spreading the passion that I have for these bold flavors and cultural traditions.”
Medina’s casual atmosphere, as well as its modern, clean, and colorful design, is inspired by the energy of the medinas and souks found in Morocco and Tunisia with an ode to the taquerias of Southern California and Baja. The outdoor seating and soothing azure blue and white tiles will give diners a feeling of lounging by the Mediterranean Sea.
For soft opening hours in February, lunch and dinner will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday — Sunday. Beginning in March, Medina will be open seven days a week. weekend brunch is also planned to launch later this year.
About Medina – Moroccan Baja Kitchen
Created by owner and chef, Alia Jaziri, Medina began as a food truck concept in San Francisco and later evolved and expanded to farmers markets and pop-ups in San Diego. Now, with its first permanent location in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood, Medina is a refined, fast-casual restaurant and beer & wine bar that specializes in fresh Moroccan food with Baja California-inspired flavors and ingredients.
Medina is located at 2850 El Cajon Blvd Suite #4, San Diego, CA 92014 and will be open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday — Sunday for its soft opening hours beginning February 13. Beginning in March, normal hours will be 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. seven days a week. For more information about Medina, visit medinakitchen.com
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