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Red Hot & Blue

5910 N Macarthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75039-3806
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Ranked #17 of 484 Restaurants in Irving
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Galveston Island, Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This was my first visit to the BBQ joint. The food was excellent, the portions were large, and the inside theme was music memorabilia. The staff was outstanding with the customer service, and my wife ordered a specialty margarita she still loves to talk about to this day. We'll be back again

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Irving, Texas
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

While the atmosphere was nice, the service and food left a lot to be desired. This was my first visit and my last. We started our meal with the catfish, fries, and hush puppies appetizer, which was great. I ordered the 5 meat meal. I was very disappointed when all 5 of the meats were served to me lukewarm. The... More

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Lake Elsinore, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Slow night, so initial service was a little slow, but after sat down, it was good. Food was great and filling.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I knew about Red Hot & Blue and the Nachos before. So when my niece wanted to do her birthday in Dallas, TX it was a chance for us to go to restaurant. As I was looking at the menu online the Irving's Red Hot & Blue restaurant did not have the Nachos on the menu. I called and the... More

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Irving, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It is a very good place to go for lunch. They are quick and the good is good. I especially like the turkey and the turnip greens... really... how many places can you get turnip greens?

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Tallahassee, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We had a blast here, partly due to Pedro (aka Pancho Villa) our attentive and fun waiter. Service was spectacular. Food was good to very good, except the slaw which was dry. The bbq is memphis style. We liked that our drinks came in individual miniature pitchers. We'll be back!

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Top Contributor
353 reviews 353 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We had a very good lunch at the Red Hot & Blue. I had the meat sampler which was a little of each meat including the ribs. It was real good. My wife had the Brunswick stew which she enjoyed. The service was great. Instead of glasses they served their water and drinks in a pitcher which we enjoyed. I... More

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Arlington, Texas, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My husband and I dined here during an overnight stay in Irving. We first noticed the friendliness of our waiter who was a delight. The food was amazing. We had a combination rib/chicken plate and it was delicious and a huge serving. Several staff members stopped by our table to ask how everything was , which was very unusual in... More

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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This place smells amazing! The food, however did not live up to the imagery and experience that the smell had created in my mind. I ordered a basic pulled pork sandwich--the bun was huge and the portion of meat dwarfed the bun. The coleslaw that accompanied it was 2 tablespoons at best. The sauces (on the table) were just ok.... More

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Austin, Texas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

I didn't think I would find a rival to The County Line, but oh my! That rack of ribs was the best I ever had! The side dishes were very good too. The only fault I could find is that had only one trumpet hanging on the wall, amongst a whole gang of git-tars. I hope we get one of... More

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