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“Nice BBQ” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Red Hot & Blue

Red Hot & Blue
541 E Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176-4113
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Ranked #50 of 163 Restaurants in Leesburg
Cuisines: Bar, Pizza, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen, Pub, Chicken Wings
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, 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!
near Washington, DC
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80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice BBQ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

OK, who doesn't know what Red Hot & Blue serves or about the theme?

It isn't fancy, but the specials during the week are fine, if you like hamburgers, especially.

My spouse is wild for the beans (seriously). The cornbread is good, on the sweet side (which, for me, is a good thing . . . I don't care for bitter cornbread). We like the brisket very much, even if it's a bit a fatty for our taste at times. There are a variety of sauces, so each person can choose a favorite. Like okra? I do.

Carryout is available, and works out well (we think) for picnics and so forth.

Visited September 2012
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Washington, DC
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“Consistently meets expectations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Given it's a chain, you still get what you reasonably expect -- generous portions of well-cooked barbecue or burgers, plus a reasonably ample beer list. Ribs, pulled pork, and chicken are all good options.

Visited October 2012
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Local Great Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Always good food and service. Like Blue Ridge Grill, all the locals go there. There is nothing more to add.

Visited May 2012
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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“Best Potato Salad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I'm not crazy about the food at RHB. But I have friends who really think it is great. HOWEVER, they have the best potato salad on earth. Whenever we're entertaining and having burgers, etc, I stop by and get a couple quarts.

Visited May 2012
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frederick, maryland
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“Good quality, fast service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This is not "gourmet" BBQ but consistently very good. Nice place to stop in for a satisfying meal with something to satisfy everyone (including 5 year olds). The pulled pork and the beef brisket sandwiches are our favorites. The potato salad has a creamy consistency that may not please everyone but the sweet potato fries (preferably without the sugar and cinnamon for me) are good. The Brunswick stew with an assortment of meats is tasty and filling. A nice Sam Adams on tap is the right accompaniment.

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