Food halls are the new black, the new gastropubs, the new hotness. Eataly is coming to L.A., Anthony Bourdain is opening a food hall in New York, and we're still anxiously awaiting the food hall attached to the Helms Bakery that's forthcoming from Sherry Yard and Sang Yoon. And today, Jet Tila and Mimi Mok open Stir Market, a food hall and restaurant on Beverly in Fairfax.
As SNL's Stefon would say, it's got everything: 4,000 square feet of minimalist space containing a European rotisserie, expo kitchen, a salad and sandwich station, a wine and snack bar with charcuterie and cheese, a bakery, and an espresso bar. There is also a grocery component offering gourmet retail products, and prepared food to-go.
Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the market kitchens is Chris Barnett, who worked at the Relais d’Auteuil in Paris and, more recently, the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills. He and Tila are delivering a menu heavily influenced by Europe and the Mediterranean but rooted in California, meaning everything from a Tangiers quinoa bowl to a smoked salmon BLT to rotisserie porchetta with lavender, rosemary and fennel.
Stir Market is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
Stir Market: 7475 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax. 310-600-2732, stirmarket.com.