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Red Hot & Blue

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Bar, Pizza, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen, Pub, Chicken Wings
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5910 N Macarthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75039-3806
972-402-0225
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great meal, good prices

My niece and I had a great meal together. She loved the pulled pork sandwich and she topped off our meal with a delicious brownie and fudge ice cream. Yum! Great service and atmosphere, reasonable prices. A nice find.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Marji F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

My niece and I had a great meal together. She loved the pulled pork sandwich and she topped off our meal with a delicious brownie and fudge ice cream. Yum! Great service and atmosphere, reasonable prices. A nice find.

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long island,new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Amazing staff!!! Amazing food!!! Amazing atmosphere!!! Great price!! No complaints with this dinner spot!

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Irving
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Food is not the same. Beef sandwich is dry. Beans are over cooked. Do not plan to revisit this place.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Good BBQ and very convenient to hotels. Its in a busy plaza full of restaurant options and its usually not as busy as the trendy, but very good, sushi & steak spots so there is not the wait time like the others....

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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We were looking for a place to eat late on a Friday evening. It was late and they were scheduled to close, but welcomed us in and said not to worry about closing time. Our waiter, Morghan, was FANTASTIC. Seriously one of the best I have ever had. Very friendly, very attentive, honest, and epitomized southern hospitality. Food was very... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Went and ordered fried pickles and they were so bad, cancelled and left. The bar had a limited national selection. I went to another place 5 min away which was the real deal.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

What a nice surprise to find Memphis style ribs in TX cooked to perfection! The service was also top notch and should be commended. The server even brought out a sample of the cole slaw to taste before ordering and explained their three different sauces. I would definitely go back next time I'm in the area.

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McKinney, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is one of our go-to favorites in Las Colinas. The fare is always savory, the service prompt and Texas friendly, rarely a wait, and the prices quite reasonable. Better yet, if you are ever standing in line in the freezing sleet waiting on a Honey Baked Ham as I was once in Plano, get out of the line immediately... More 

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madison, wi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Our nearby hotel recommended this place which was within walking distance. I wanted a good bbq place. The place is spacious and inviting. The water came in a small pitcher which was nice. The drinks were reasonable and tasty. We got fried pickles for an appetizer and it was a huge order. The waiter was so kind, polite and accommodating.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This was my first time to this Red Hot & Blue. I did not hear any blues playing like I did when I was at the Plano location. I had 1/2 slab wet BBQ ribs. They were a little dry, not seasoned a lot like I like my ribs, but they were big and meaty. My collard greens and fried... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5910 N Macarthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75039-3806
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Irving
  • Phone Number: 972-402-0225

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bar, Pizza, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen, Pub, 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 - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?