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“Consistent” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Red Hot & Blue

Red Hot & Blue
16811 Crabbs Branch Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20855
301-948-7333
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Ranked #55 of 271 Restaurants in Gaithersburg
Cuisines: Bar, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Chicken Wings
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Takeout
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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“Consistent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Amazing service and food. Recent visit with a group of about 20 people with diverse tastes. As far as I could tell, all were pleased with their selections from a wide menu. I wish they did not list the calories. I was told that calories do not count in Gaithersburg. I enjoyed the pulled chicken platter. Drinks are served in pitchers. There was no problem with separate checks! A tip was included in the bill. You could add an additional tip if desired. I did.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Montgomery County , Maryland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“My Favorite BBQ in Maryland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Succulent pulled pork is just the beginning here!

The potato salad here is literally my penicillin (a pint is a must every time I get sick!)

I also love the crispy onion rings and all the desserts

If you enjoy blues and Barbeque like me you will LOVE this place!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lyndhurst
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great food, god value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our BBQ experience at Red, Hot and Blue in Gaithersburg MD. The food was great, the portions were large, and the prices were decent. Great service, and as an added bonus their RHB local brew was also a great find!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Maryland
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Great BBQ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

The wife and I have been going to this restaurant for a while now and we really enjoy their good BBQ and very good service; the potato salad is really good and it is definitely a side that you need to try when you are there. We would recommend to our friends.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“wash your hands before youick them”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

seven of us tonight ate till we hurt and Jackie then asked us about dessert. No mas was all I could say and almost hurt my back lifting the leftovers box.We got a free onion loaf for liking them on facebook and its better then a stinking onion!! bloomin, stinkin all the same.while your there dont forget to try a RHBlue amber beer. family freindly and a nice place to eat. have fun

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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