Oakland Openings: Bourbon & Beef, and Ordinaire Wine Shop and Wine Bar


The communal table at Bourbon & Beef. Photo via Facebook.


The shelves at Ordinaire. Yelp photo by Unkl-T

A while back, Diablo Dish mentioned a project called ~BOURBON & BEEF~ was opening in the former Water Lounge in Rockridge. According to Facebook, it’s now open. The menu is focused on Latin-inspired plates by Central American chef Munther Massarweh (he was born in El Salvador to Jordanian parents and raised in San Francisco).

True to its name, the menu features some beefy starters like sopa de jamón ($11), a beef tenderloin and serrano ham stew with ancho and Anaheim peppers, Peruvian purple potatoes, okra, and marrow beans in a bourbon beef stock; and a chile relleno ($15), a beef-stuffed chile with mole sauce and jalapeño cream. There are also meaty large plates to share, plus some seafood throughout the menu as well (including a seafood paella). The menu features sustainably sourced meats, and organic items are noted too. Cocktails are not limited to bourbon only, and the wine list features only European selections (hmmm). Hours are Sun-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu-Sat 11am-12am, and brunch Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. 5634 College Ave. at Keith, 510-788-4821.

A few months ago, we mentioned the wine bar and shop coming to Oakland, ~THE RED WHALE~, but it has now changed its name to ~ORDINAIRE~, and guess what? It’s open. And it looks damn cute. The project is from Bradford Taylor, who is focused on small-production California wines (with some on tap). Some European wines from small producers are also in the mix. As we mentioned before, you will be able to sit and enjoy a glass over some tasty cheese and meat selections, bring a bottle home, or even open a bottle from the retail selection for a small corkage fee (pretend you’re in Paris). Open Wed-Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat 12pm-9pm, Sun 12pm-5pm (closed Mon-Tue). 3354 Grand Ave. at Elwood, Oakland, 510-629-3844.