The fourth location of Chattanooga-based Stir celebrated its grand opening yesterday. As Heather wrote in her preview article (which gives more background), “Stir is an in-house, all-scratch-made concept that is known for its oyster bar, craft cocktails, and artisanal ice.” Urban Woman and I joined the crowds to explore all of the above.
The first thing that struck us is how beautiful the patio is at night. The lighting is perfect and a large amount of seating lines two sides of the building. Colorful umbrellas provide a little décor punch to an inviting space.
The very attractive interior features chandeliers, a wide range of comfortable seating at four-tops, high tops, and booths (which we chose). The bar, similar to the exterior, sparkles in the decorative lighting leading a (very) long way down to the oyster bar where you can see the little fellas exposed one at a time. The kitchen, visible from the main floor, bustled through the night in a beautiful culinary dance.
We started with cocktails and Oysters Rockefeller. She ordered the Espresso Martini (not listed on the menu), while I requested the whiskey bramble. The oysters, a little less baked than some versions I’ve had, proved very tasty and delicious. I love oysters in any fashion, so I was happy with this very soft-baked version. Urban woman likes her oysters a bit more cooked, so more for me!
We agreed her martini was delicious right down to the expresso beans floating beautifully on top. The whiskey bramble, alas, hit too many floral notes for me and I was honest when Thomas, our most excellent waiter, asked. He made sure we were not charged for the drink (over my objections).
We generally try to order different entrees when trying a new place, but on this night, the scallops simply looked too good. Served on a bed of delicious vegetables, we enjoyed them. We agreed the vegetables stole the show on the dish. The quantity dictated that we carried about half the vegetables home. Along with my scallops, I couldn’t help but try the crab bisque, which was also good.
Initially inclined to split a piece of chocolate espresso flourless cake, Thomas convinced us to also order the matcha green tea cheese cake. He made a good call. The chocolate cake proved both delicious and heavy. Sharing it for a few bites each would more align with our appetites. The cheese cake? Otherworldly. Every bit as good as advertised, Urban Woman forgot her sugar-free diet and took on the whole piece. Sugar-free again tomorrow. Vienna Coffee provides the beans for the coffee served.
Hours include: Mon-Thu 11am – Midnight, Fri 11am – 1am, Sat 10am – 1am, Sun 10am – Midnight, and Brunch Weekends 10am – 2:30pm. You can catch the latest info on Facebook, follow them on Instagram, and learn more about the business (along with viewing the full menu) on their website.