In the space that used to house Buddha’s Belly on Beverly Boulevard, there’s now a light and airy marketplace and restaurant where you can get rotisserie chicken and, say, some fancy peanut butter. Inspired by European food halls, Stir Market has a little of everything.
Similar to Joan’s on Third and, perhaps best described as a mini version of places like Harrods in London, Stir Market’s shelves are stocked with the kind of things that foodies squeal over, from almond milk and kombucha to champagne (if you want it cold, it’s on the top shelf of the soda fridge) and chocolate. We were particularly excited to see candy bars from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but there are plenty of finds from local brands, too, like Z Confections and Sqirl.
The menu—some of which is displayed in a deli case—is the work of chefs Jet Tila (Food Network, The Charleston) and Chris Barnett (Relais D’Auteuil in Paris, the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills). As expected, the dishes are seasonal and simple with a smidge of Euro decadence. The chicken sandwich is served warm on a crunchy baguette layered with roasted Provençal chicken, melted havarti cheese, sweet onion jam and watercress. There’s also porchetta, smoked salmon, and quinoa bowls for lunch while breakfast brings Meyer lemon pancakes and Moraccan baked eggs.
The to-go assortment includes snacks and salads, which can be complemented with Intelligentsia Coffee and plenty of juices. Wine and craft beer are served at a stainless steel bar, where at night you can order crispy pig tails served with herb salad or grilled flatbread topped with Merguez sausage. And you might find yourself giving in to the croissants and fruit tarts that beckon from behind glass at the bakery counter.
Stir Market, 7475 Beverly Boulevard, 310-600-2732