Opened August 2018 in Ballston, Medina Grille is a Mediterranean sandwich shop owned by Ahmed Wifak who was born in Morocco. Ahmed is eager to share his passion for Moroccan cuisine, but he serves dishes from other Mediterranean countries too like shawarma (Lebanon), merguez sausage (Tunisia), and of course gyro. When asked what’s his most popular dish, he easily names the gyro and shawarma. However, with the cold weather, Moroccan mint tea is always popular along with almond cookies and baklava. He’s adamant to say his version is made with walnuts and honey, not pistachio and sugar. As the chef prepares tabouli and peels garlic for a sauce, he proudly notes that all the sauces are made from scratch.
The chef who lives in Alexandria, takes Metrobus 25B which gets him to work in 30 minutes. Ahmed says several of his employees take Metro to work and most of his clientele come by foot given how Ballston is such a walkable urban village. He praises the mix of residential and commercial spaces, and says the nearby university and mall made it an easy choice for him to settle into this location.
Because everyone loves sandwiches, Ahmed says his customers are from all over — from America to Zanzibar and everywhere in between. As he serves lentil soup and a Moroccan burger to a customer, Ahmed adds this is a dream come true to be able to offer something unique to the public.
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4215 N. Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22201