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200 Old Mill Bottom Rd S, Annapolis, MD 21401-5530
(410) 626-7427
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Ranked #58 of 308 Restaurants in Annapolis
Price range: $21 - $30
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue, Bar, Chicken Wings, Sandwiches
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Dining options: Takeout, Delivery
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!
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English first
Syracuse, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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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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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164 reviews 164 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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Westover, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Food is usually good but this trip I was disappointed with my order of the pork nachos, they were cold and had been sitting for awhile. We were seated in the back and we could feel cold air coming in through the window. Server was good, but just not the same as in pass visits.

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Annapolis, Maryland
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Standard fare. Huge Iced teas. Average service. Convenient on/off from 50 if you're stuck in traffic.

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77 reviews 77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Wednesday noon, coming back from vacation. Stopped in for lunch. Nice crowd for a Wednesday, popular place. Cool music decor. Drinks come in small pitchers. Wife had marinated chicken sandwich. She took half home. I had cup of chili, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. All three were very, very good and my belly hurt when I left. Now we know... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We frequent this particular location about twice a month and have never had a bad meal. We're working our way through the menu and haven't been disappointed yet (and probably won't be!). Their brisket melts in your mouth, the salads are of generous proportions, and the drinks in the pitchers satisfy our thirst. A shout out to the Brunswick stew... More 

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Cambridge, Maryland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I were heading to BWI to start our vacation and stopped here to kill some time since we were running early. It wasn't our first time here and, as usual, we weren't disappointed. The Mason jars full of iced tea were a perfect accompaniment to my lunch of barbecued sausage and my wife's of her brisket. We've... More 

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Iowa, USA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I sat under the Elvis Presley statue on my first trip here and liked being in that corner. They serve a nice variety of good meat dishes. The portions were ample and the service was good. We enjoyed the Tennessee Triple (we got the dry BBQ, sausage and beef, with tasty mashed potato and OK vegetables). The Chopped Salad was... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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279 reviews 279 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Lee Atwater was one of the founders of this small chain. The BBQ is decent by east coast standards. Located on route 50 just outside town.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

So we stopped in Red hot and Blue just by chance while heading home from baseball in Aberdeen MD. Gave this place a shot and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food and the fantastic service. Didn't expect great barbecue in the Annapolis area but that is what we got along with great coleslaw and potato salad and a... More 

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Additional Information about Red Hot & Blue

Address: 200 Old Mill Bottom Rd S, Annapolis, MD 21401-5530
Phone Number: (410) 626-7427
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Annapolis
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Barbecue, Bar, Chicken Wings, Sandwiches

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