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Red Hot & Blue

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Barbecue, Bar, Chicken Wings, Sandwiches
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677 Main St, Laurel, MD 20707-4068
301-953-1943
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout, Delivery
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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Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 37
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Friendly & unpretentious

A party of two, we felt welcome as soon as we stepped in from the frozen snow on the sidewalk. The gumbo soup was excellent to warm us up. And then the pulled pork was Cooked to perfection. Excellent choice for lunch or dinners!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Glyfada
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
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Glyfada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

A party of two, we felt welcome as soon as we stepped in from the frozen snow on the sidewalk. The gumbo soup was excellent to warm us up. And then the pulled pork was Cooked to perfection. Excellent choice for lunch or dinners!

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New Windsor, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I got the 5-meat treat. The best part of the meal was the hush puppies side. The sauces were unspectacular, the brisket tasted like pot roast, the pulled chicken was just shredded chicken breast. I would say the sausage (nice spice) and ribs were the best part, but even they weren't that great. I had wonderful service and it was... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Before moving to the area I had heard of Red Hot and Blue. Since my husband and I love good BBQ I was looking forward to our visit. I was not happy with any of it. A limited menu, dry meat, tasteless sauces. A dollop of coleslaw and uneventful beans. I am always willing to give a place the benefit... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

One of only two BBQ "chains" I go out of my way to visit (see my Mission BBQ review). Memphis BBQ is the specialty with 3 kinds of ribs, several meats, catfish and more. The 3 meat treat is a great deal as are a full rack of ribs. Good beers on tap. My favorite item on the menu is... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We are never disappointed when we eat here. Service is always good and fast, the food is excellent, and the price is right. Take out is just as good as eat in. One favorite - the smokehouse salad - always take some home due to the serving size. Pulled pork is just right.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The restaurant is close to home and for some reason we go there more in the winter than summer. Food and service always awesome! Best ribs and pulled pork.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Red Hot Blue continues to serve the best ribs in the area. Good sides,especially the beans and slaw as well as other meats,e.g. pulled pork, brisket. Family oriented. Casual. Flexible in use of a birthday certificate from RHB Club. Long a favorite, worthy of returning. Not from I-95 so convenient to DC and Baltimore. Good, friendly service. Very reasonably priced... More 

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Pasadena
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

We frequent this place for a reason...it's good! Sweet tea, pulled chicken platter with beans and potato salad is my standard order. The onion loaf is a great starter. The staff is always friendly and attentive. We leave satisfied and always come back

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Top Contributor
202 reviews 202 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

There is not much for a vegetarian to choose. They do have excellent desserts. i usually eat elsewhere and then come here for their Key Lime pie.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We picked this place just by chance and I am glad we chose it. Soon as you park you know you'll be happy by the smell in the street. The decor of the restaurant was awesome and our waitress was simply outstanding. All of our food was so delicious, I'm salivating as I'm writing this review. If you're in the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 677 Main St, Laurel, MD 20707-4068
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Laurel
  • Phone Number: 301-953-1943

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Bar, Chicken Wings, Sandwiches

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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
12:00 pm - 9:00 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?