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“Family Restaurant” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Red Hot & Blue

Red Hot & Blue
541 E Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176-4113
703-669-4242
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Ranked #58 of 170 Restaurants in Leesburg
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!
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Family Restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

It's an average family chain restaurant that serves BBQ. They are trying to please too many people for the chain. Good, but not spectacular BBQ.

Visited February 2012
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Frederick, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Large portions, great table waiting, fun for families”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

My family and I have been here several times with various groups of people and enjoyed the environment and food every time! We also like the extra large glasses providing ample water and lowering the need for refills.

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Herndon, Virginia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Love That Piggly Pork”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Red Hot and Blue is one of our favorite barbeque restaurants in Northern Virginia. We go to both the Leesburg, Herndon and Annapolis locations on a regular basis. We both love the pulled pork sandwiches and my wife always orders the beans. I think their potato salad is some of the best in the world. Don't forget to sign-up for the birthday and anniversary club where they send you a certificate for a free entree for each occasion.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Leesburg, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Look for great BBQ elsewhere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Won't comment on the atmosphere much. I guess it's OK, but I come to a BBQ place for good food.

We've been here about 4-5 times so far. The prices are decent, but the BBQ isn't great.
The only thing we've found consistently good, is the Memphis fries.
Ribs.. so so. Either too dry, or unflavorful. I've had ribs in Memphis, and these don't come anywhere close.
Cole slaw.. dry.
Burgers.. not great..
Sausage.. I never had a good one in any BBQ place..
Wings.. unmemorable
Chili was decent, but was also too watery, and I suspect some out of the can kind.
Chicken Crispers were decent, but I am not sure I need a BBQ place for that.
Pulled pork/chicken.. unmemorable.

Beer selection could be somewhat better for a BBQ joint too. Generous portions of iced tea though :)
They have a fine choice of BBQ sauces..

Only thing I remain curious about is the Onion Loaf. Seems to be a popular dish. But I am not sure we'll be coming back to find out.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Coachella Valley
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great BBQ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This was a great meal for my son and I, food was perfect, service was spot on and some of the best BBQ I have had this side of Texas

  • Visited June 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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