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  • Writer's pictureJarnard Sutton

Empanada Kitchen brings authentic handmade Argentine empanadas to Downtown San Diego

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Empanada Kitchen, a local purveyor of authentic handmade Argentine baked empanadas, has opened its Downtown San Diego storefront location and is serving up South American golden-brown baked goodness. Owned and operated by local entrepreneurs Matias Rigali and Dan Housenga, Empanada Kitchen was born in 2016 from a notion to bring a piece of Argentine culinary culture to San Diego. Click here for the menu.

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Originally the owners began freshly baking and selling their empanadas in multiple farmers markets around the city. Due to increasing popularity with flavors like traditional beef, braised lamb, ham & cheese, and sauteed chicken, as well as vegan options like ratatouille and various vegetarian choices such as sweet corn & basil, mushroom & goat cheese, and more, they felt compelled to open a brick and mortar storefront location to keep up with the demand. “I’m extremely excited and proud to be able to have the opportunity to share my family’s empanadas with San Diego,” said Matias Rigali, co-owner of Empanada Kitchen. “My business partner Dan and I are both very passionate about preparing quality cuisine that is convenient and delicious while also being something that is culturally different from what people are used to seeing in this already diverse culinary scene.”

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In addition to the downtown location, you can find Empanada Kitchen empanadas at Bump Organic Coffee Roasters in Encinitas, Meraki Cafe in University Heights, and the La Jolla Open Aire Market every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Empanada Kitchen

819 C Street, downtown San Diego. (619) 228 9419 or

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