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Mar 4, 2010 04:43 PM

Marliave Gets My Nod...

I regularly meet my wife for drinks and a meal in DTX. We usually end up at Silvertone. I love Silvertone and will continue to go there, but tonight we stopped by Marliave and it delivered.

My burger was cooked medium-rare, as ordered, with a nice brioche bun. Rosemary fries were tasty. DC had the ravioli which she enjoyed. My three Ward Eight's (Lowmasney's -sp?) were on par w/ES, Deep Ellum, & Green St (the ultimate standards for me).

The downstairs room was mostly full and the upstairs seemed to be getting good business. Overall, a good evening.

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  1. They've had growing pains, and a number of people seem to genuinely dislike the place, but I have never had a poor experience at Marliave.

    1. my husband works near dtx and we go to Marliave for dinner often. The food is excellent. They have a delicious onion soup with beef short ribs in it that is silky smooth, intensely flavored and not overly salty. I get it every time I go.

      Also, if you are in the mood for a top notch steak, their steakhouse menu is great. I've always thoroughly enjoyed my meals there.

      1. I've definitely had better experiences at Marliave than most here, I think. I tend to stick to the simple, hearty stuff: meatball sliders, rarebit, scrambled eggs (awesome), gnocchi with a really good red sauce. Their prices have come way down from that over-ambitious start: there are only a couple of entrees left anywhere near $30 (and I really like one of them, the rabbit).

        Bartending has been a sore point, a mix of really good and really inept people, but they'd brought in some good new talent last time I was in. The wine list needs to be scaled down to the food some more, too: they amassed a trophy-bottle list that doesn't make sense with the current menu at all, especially the reds. Still, I'm a fan, and overdue for another visit.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I opened this thread specifically to ask if the bartending had become more consistent. The last time I looked into this it seemed to depend completely on who was working as to whether or not you could get a decent drink.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Chef Scott told me they are rolling out a new wine menu this month, greatly expanding the selection at both the low and mid range.

            Overall, I love Marliave. A favorite of mine.

          2. Really encouraging that the bartender staff now knows how to make a Ward Eight. I went there a year ago or so, and they had no idea what I was talking about. And I *think* the restaurant sits in the 8th Ward!

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            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              I have had a Ward Eight there a few times now. Maybe your request motivated them to learn!

            2. I also ended up at Marliave recently because Silvertone was too packed. The portobello sandwich was excellent, on the same brioche bun mentioned above. We also had the rarebit app which I would recommend.