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Sep 8, 2013 12:19 PM

Ordinaire Wine Bar/Shop in Oakland

I stopped in at Ordinaire (3354 Grand Ave) Friday night. I had a glass of rose that hit the spot on a warm evening. It's a nice space, lots of wood. They've got ~8 wines on tap plus ~8 more by the glass from bottles. Three cheeses are available, plus a speck plate, and a salami plate. We didn't try the food. The shelves have bottles for sale, mostly from California, but also a small selection from France, Italy, and Germany.

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    I liked seeing wine by the glass prices under $10 on the FB photo, seems to be becoming more of a rarity these days.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      is the wine by the glass place next to or a couple blocks from chez panisse still open ????


      1. re: kevin

        The former Taste is now Mint Leaf, an Indian restaurant.

        1. re: kevin

          There was also a wine bar called Oggi (formerly Cioccolata Di Vino) in the Gourmet Ghetto that closed June 1.

      2. Chris Kronner's weekly pop-ups are the best deal in the East Bay right now. Great food, low prices, generous portions

        Last night's wheat berry salad ($14) with fresh peas, ramps, morels, nasturtium, and I'm not sure what else was one of the best things I've had in the past year. Salmon rillettes ($14), smoked pork terrine ($12), Little Gems with sunchokes and Meyer lemon ($10), veal (more like vitellone) chops ($18), all delicious. Appetizers are good portions to share among three. Getting three orders of the veal was gluttony but nobody wanted to share.

        Usually Thursday and Friday starting at 5:30, menu's on Facebook a day or two earlier. Food sometimes runs out early on Fridays.

        Small selection of excellent wines by the glass. To drink there, bottles $35 and up are retail price, cheaper are retail + $10.

        1. The duck terrine on this week's Kronner Bistro pop-up menu is great. On again tonight.

          1. Just two more weeks of the Kronner pop-up.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Link please. Tried searching on Facebook for Kronner pop up.

              1. re: zinfanatic

                See Melanie Wong's post. Facebook Kronnerburger.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I tried the link before I asked the question. I believe it just takes one to the wine bar- not the Kronner pop up.

                  1. re: zinfanatic

                    Go to the webpage and click on Events

                    1. re: drewskiSF

                      Thanks, got it. When do they usually post for the next dinner?

            2. Last night of the Kronner Bistro pop-up tonight. The sweetbreads were one of the best things I've eaten in a while. Pâté and lamb neck were great too. Last night they had a really nice Riesling magnum by the glass that was particularly good with the pâté.