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“Disappointing” 2 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!
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We walked into the restaurant just as two employees passed by without greeting us or offering to seat us at a table. We were waiting for a few minutes to be seated, but nobody came to assist us. The place was completely empty, which is never a good sign on a Saturday afternoon. 3-4 waitresses were gathered together chatting with the bar-woman, too preoccupied to notice that customers were waiting by the entrance. We walked to them, interrupting the chatting and we were finally seated at a table.

I ordered pulled pork platter, and it was brought very quickly.

The presentation was good, but the food was disappointing. The meat was dry, cold and completely tasteless, with a spoonful of warm BBQ sauce on top of it. One scoop of so-so potato salad and a small serving of beans fresh out of a can of Bush's Baked Beans. There are much better ways to spend $10.00 plus tax and tip for lunch. I will not go back again.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Ashburn, Va
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Atmosphere is pleasant; food varies”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

This is a nice place to enjoy some blues music in the background, see a jazz/blues theme around the decor, and enjoy bar-b-que meals. Pulled pork, pulled chicken, and sandwich platters are inexpensive, but ribs price higher and are sometimes awesome, and sometimes not so awesome. I have found, after 10+ visits, that my interest in returning to "do it again" is waning, unlike some restaurants for which I have not waned of interest in their flavor after 20+ visits.

Visited October 2012
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Leesburg, Virginia
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27 restaurant reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Chain BBQ... few options in Leesburg”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This is a chain BBQ place that is OK. The food isn't bad, but do not expect real Southern BBQ. This is not your spot. The lighting inside may be the worst lighting I have ever been forced to eat within. The bartender was nice, but the bar itself is uninviting. You have a feeling that you are drinking in an operating room. The waitstaff/table servers could care less. If Leesburg ever had a real BBQ competitor, this would close quickly.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Brunswick, Georgia
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Nice place with good Q”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

We walked down from the hotel and had a nice dinner. Everyone in the group of 8 was pleased.
Good food and good service. Will return next trip.

Visited October 2012
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Sylvia L, Guest Relations Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Thanks for the kind words! We take a lot of pride in our Southern hospitality and Memphis barbecue.
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Ashburn, Virginia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Pretty Good BBQ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Its the best BBQ in Leesburg. We get up there on the weekends and for the most part we have lunch here. Its always been a good value and good food. Not five stars but consistent thougha chain.

Visited November 2012
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