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541 E Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176-4113
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Ranked #49 of 178 Restaurants in Leesburg
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue, Bar, Chicken Wings, Sandwiches
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Dining options: Reservations, 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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

Went during the week for lunch. OK food but nothing special.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

If you like unhealthy food, give 'em a try. It's a chain that'll give you a heart attack.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

Great atmosphere and music, food was average. Ribs were dry and chewy.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Have always had great food here. In the five years of living in the area, we always had great service, food, and atmosphere. I highly recommend to other parents of aspie parents as they accommodated my child's dietiary needs.

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Toronto, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011 via mobile

Drove about 45 mins from our hotel in Georgetown Washington DC...just had to try Red Hot & Blue. Everything was amazing, from the service to the food! Wish there were more locations. Would highly recommend this restaurant.....especially if you love ribs. Best I ever had!

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Leesburg, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

Stopped in about 6pm on a weekeday for a quick evening meal. Air temperature was marginally cold, we decided to stay with the few patrons there. Service was quick and good; I decided to have their "signature" chili. not so good. Chili was watery and barely warm (room temp 65?) in some spots of dish) in a wide but shallow... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2011

I wish it weren't so but the food has a lot to be left desired. Kid's meals - don't get them.. Ribs and the like are just ok at best.

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Leesburg, VA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2010

This is NOT the place to go for good BBQ. This is the place to go to if you are on a budget, want to be waited on by high school students, and think ketchup makes for good barbeque. The nicest thing one can say about it is that it's cheap, casual, and family friendly. And I guess the location... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

I was staying here on business and stopped in here. Great choice on my part. I was seated right away. Dress was casual like jeans. I ordered the 5 meat sampler which were all roasted to perfection. The food came out and the presentation was very appealing. And there are extra sauces on the table to try. All the meats... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

This restaurant was recommended to us by a local that we did not know. We decided to check it out and so glad that we did! We asked the server the type of BBQ served in the restaurant and he said it was Memphis-style BBQ. This was very familiar to our group so they had their work cut out to... More 

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Additional Information about Red Hot & Blue

Address: 541 E Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176-4113
Phone Number: 703-669-4242
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Loudoun County  >  Leesburg
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
Cuisine: Barbecue, Bar, Chicken Wings, Sandwiches

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