I love whiskey. I also love alliteration, which makes Whiskey Wednesdays at Marble & Rye in Arlington doubleplusgood. This Columbia Pike neighborhood location supplanted the locally beloved RedRocks pizza joint in late November and boasted two big-ticket items on the Chairman’s goody-goody list: whiskey and wood-fired cuisine.
Exhibit A was my appetizer: a snifter of Maker’s Mark, which colors my memory of everything else that happened afterward. Don’t stop at my favorite – Marble & Rye has more than 150 whiskeys and a bartending staff eager to please.
Exhibit B was the burger, served with a side of carbs in tube form. I asked for a medium-rare burger and received something closer to well-done. This would’ve been fine if this version of well-done was more red than brown. In other words, I would’ve been happier with medium rare. The matchstick fries were OK, but it’s difficult to mess up fries.
Exhibit C was the wife’s order, a margherita pizza with large dollops of buffalo mozzarella. I’m lactose intolerant, so I only had five slices. Notice the burned crust? We did.
We weren’t impressed with Marble & Rye. The menu seemed limited and our orders were off enough to leave a bad taste in our mouths. The staff was nice and responsive, but it didn’t make up for the bad food. The only thing I did enjoy was the bourbon.