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Red Hot & Blue

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Bar, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Chicken Wings
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200 Old Mill Bottom Rd S, Annapolis, MD 21401-5530
(410) 626-7427
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Delivery, Takeout
Description: Red Hot and Blue is a full-service, casual-themed restaurant chain and...
Red Hot and Blue is a full-service, casual-themed restaurant chain and caterer featuring delicious award-winning ribs, Memphis-style barbeque, smoked wings, and Southern sides and desserts. The atmosphere is steeped in legendary and contemporary blues music and delivers a large dose of Southern hospitality in a fun and entertaining dining environment. History: The first Red Hot and Blue restaurant opened in Arlington, Virginia in 1988, started by Lee Atwater, Don Sundquist and friends. Don Sundquist was from Memphis and served in the House of Representatives and as governor of Tennessee. The late Lee Atwater was an amateur blues musician and political figure that managed George H.W. Bush's successful race for the presidency. These men were friends who longed for authentic Memphis-style barbeque and great blues music. Unable to find that combination anywhere in the Washington, DC area they decided the only way to get it done was to open a restaurant of their own. The Memphis-style barbeque chain celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2013 by partnering with a charitable organization at 24 different restaurant locations. The yearlong celebration culminated in the presentation of thousands of dollars in donations to local charities. The Name: The name, "Red Hot and Blue" is taken from the title of D.J. Dewey Phillip's radio show that that aired on WHBQ-AM in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950s. This radio show launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash and broadened the audience for artists such as BB King, Muddy Waters, Robert Cray and Rufus Thomas. Red Hot & Blue Dine-In, Take-Out and Catering. Hickory-smoked Memphis-style BBQ, Ribs, Wings, Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Seafood, Full-service Bar, in a Family-friendly atmosphere with a heapin' helpin' of Southern Hospitality!
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    Very good
  • 16
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  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Consistent BBQ

Drinks are jug size and portions are perfect. The place to go for BBQ. Not very gluten friendly, but I get the roasted chicken and it is always tasty. It definitely is a place for the whole family.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
lorianlipton
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Annapolis, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Drinks are jug size and portions are perfect. The place to go for BBQ. Not very gluten friendly, but I get the roasted chicken and it is always tasty. It definitely is a place for the whole family.

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Bowie, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The food is ok, just ok, but do not - repeat, DO NOT - sign up for their emails. The send emails but offer no way to opt out once you sign up. I cannot get them to stop, no matter how often I write. Perhaps the only way to stop the spam is to call the corporate offices at... More 

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silver spring, md
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303 reviews 303 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

It's about what you'd expect for a chain. The ambiance in the bar area is pretty nice with lots of memorabilia of past great performers (Elvis, Blues Brother, and Janis Joplin - to name just a few of the featured artists); however, the outer ring (away from the bar by the windows) is really pretty unimaginative and plain. The service... More 

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annapolis
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We eat here often. Food never disappoints. Always large portions and served hot and fresh. I've eaten salads, burgers , wings, bbq and it all is really good. Staff is super friendly and do a great job. Family friendly place. For a special treat sit at the bar, Tony the bartender here is as good as they come. My compliments... More 

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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

I have always loved Red Hot and Blue. I was SO sad when they closed the one near me in Frederick, MD. But now I live in Annapolis,MD. Lucky me! Down home barbecue,amazing potato salad, and tea served in your own pitcher. The four of us were very happy with our ribs,brisket, NC barbecue,hush puppies and fried okra. Excellent service.... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A good selection of quality BBQ, sides and tender ribs, all served by an attentive staff in a fun atmosphere featuring good Blues music. Prices are reasonable and you will definitely leave full.

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Gambrills, Maryland
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63 reviews 63 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We've eaten here so often that we've almost burned outselves out on it! The food here is fantastic. Southern style barbecue and sides. It's nice to go somewhere that you can get good collards, cornbread muffins, potato salad, fried catfish, banana pudding, etc. We've never been disappointed in the food or in any meal we've had from here. They make... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great food, good service, good fun and very comfortable atmosphere. Great drinks and appetizers - but you HAVE GOT TO HAVE the fried okra. This and gumbo are why okra exists.

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JesseC123, Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review! Glad to hear you like the okra and hope to see you again soon. More 

Syracuse, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

Pulling up to the restaurant, you would not guess that it is a fantastic BBQ joint. There is a Dutch style windmill on the roof, which would seem to indicate that the building used to be used for some other kind of restaurant. But step inside and try the food, and you'll be glad that you did! I was in... More 

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Cassie J, Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the response! I will pass on this review to my server Ellie, which I am sure she will be excited to hear about. I am glad you had a good experience and hope to see you again in the near future. More 

Mandan, North Dakota
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167 reviews 167 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

We stopped here for supper after a day trip to Dover from DC. We ate at so many good places in DC, but this was our favorite meal! We did make the mistake of ordering waaaaay too much food. Two Tennessee triples was a huge amount of food. Three meats, two sides, and cornbread. I'd recommend sharing and maybe getting... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 200 Old Mill Bottom Rd S, Annapolis, MD 21401-5530
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Annapolis
  • Phone Number: (410) 626-7427

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Bar, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Chicken Wings

Description

Red Hot and Blue is a full-service, casual-themed restaurant chain and caterer featuring delicious award-winning ribs, Memphis-style barbeque, smoked wings, and Southern sides and desserts. The atmosphere is steeped in legendary and contemporary blues music and delivers a large dose of Southern hospitality in a fun and entertaining dining environment. History: The first Red Hot and Blue restaurant opened in Arlington, Virginia in 1988, started by Lee Atwater, Don Sundquist and friends. Don Sundquist was from Memphis and served in the House of Representatives and as governor of Tennessee. The late Lee Atwater was an amateur blues musician and political figure that managed George H.W. Bush's successful race for the presidency. These men were friends who longed for authentic Memphis-style barbeque and great blues music. Unable to find that combination anywhere in the Washington, DC area they decided the only way to get it done was to open a restaurant of their own. The Memphis-style barbeque chain celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2013 by partnering with a charitable organization at 24 different restaurant locations. The yearlong celebration culminated in the presentation of thousands of dollars in donations to local charities. The Name: The name, "Red Hot and Blue" is taken from the title of D.J. Dewey Phillip's radio show that that aired on WHBQ-AM in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950s. This radio show launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash and broadened the audience for artists such as BB King, Muddy Waters, Robert Cray and Rufus Thomas. Red Hot & Blue Dine-In, Take-Out and Catering. Hickory-smoked Memphis-style BBQ, Ribs, Wings, Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Seafood, Full-service Bar, in a Family-friendly atmosphere with a heapin' helpin' of Southern Hospitality!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?