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.
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.