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Red Hot & Blue

3350 Crain Hwy, Waldorf, MD 20603-4850
(301) 705-7427
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Ranked #20 of 122 Restaurants in Waldorf
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue, Bar, Chicken Wings, Sandwiches
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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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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Penarth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I went to that restaurant as part of a group. I was in a minority being the only vegetarian. I opted for the sweet potato fries with cinnamon and I was not disappointed. The drinks came in jug and I was waiting for a glass but it is a jug by person not for that table! Meat eaters were very... More

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Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Our most recent visit was prompted by one of those intense needs for their potato salad, coupled with the great St Louis style ribs (a slab of course) coupled with the afore mentioned potato salad, corn bread and a pitcher of ice tea....what more could one ask for ! The food arrived and was the piping hot temperature that you... More

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Waldorf, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Red beans and rice, collards, baked beans, sweet ribs, pulled chicken, beef brisket and, oh, did I forget to mention the cornbread muffins?!!!! Wow, try putting all that on a plate and you've got the perfect leftover lunch for the next day. Folks have been sleeping on this place. Great service and even better food. Hot and filling. Music was... More

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Salem, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Wow! I consider myself a "barbeque afficionado", and, for a "chain" restaurant, this one ranks high on my list! Our server, Felicia, was friendly and knowledgeable. The drinks come in 32-oz. pitchers (I didn't need a refill)--I ordered the "Two-Timer", and, being a big eater, did NOT walk away hungry--The beef brisket and pulled pork were very moist and tender,... More

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Smithfield, VA
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125 reviews 125 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Hadn't been to a RHB in years. Stopped by this one on the way to DC recently. I tried the grilled half chicken. They used a dynamite seasoning, and it was really good! My sides were cole slaw ... decent ... and a baked sweet potato. The latter came with cinnamon butter. It was butter infused with a lot of... More

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

Hi, Thank you for your recent feedback! We value and use all input from our guests! Cassie Jones Customer Satisfaction Manager Red Hot & Blue Office: 336-714-1526 Email: cjones@rjdmgt.com More

Pennsylvania
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152 reviews 152 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

It's a chain, and we seldom visit them. Late at night and close to our hotel, this was just about the only option. That said, we had a terrific server (Dana), and the sampler platter was pretty good. I had wings which were probably frozen, quick cooked and sauced. Bottles of their sauces are on each table which is a... More

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maryland
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114 reviews 114 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

When everywhere else was crowded on a Sunday afternoon, we ended up here for a nice family dinner. The food was good and the service was great. The restaurant wasn't crowded, so we were able to be seated and served promptly. I've been a long-time fan of Red, Hot and Blue and this visit did not disappoint. The pulled pork... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

On our way back from NC took an alternate route up 301 and found this restaurant choice. The food was delicious, the service excellent and my husband & grandson really enjoyed the banana pudding. We all choose different entrees and everyone enjoyed their meal. This is a chain and there is location near home in Cherry Hill that I will... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Loved this place when it first opened. Food, service, atmosphere were all fantastic. Went on a Sunday afternoon recently and we ordered one their specials. The mac & cheese was just bad, the greens had no flavor and the pulled pork was the only thing I can say was good. Friend ordered the nachos appetizer and it seemed the cheese... More

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Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Spending a lot of time in Memphis and knowing their BBQ. This wasn't that bad. Gumbalya was tasty. The place seemed empty though. It was a Monday night. Our server was great having to put up with a razzing by the Memphis crowd.

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