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Red Hot & Blue

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200 Old Mill Bottom Rd S, Annapolis, MD 21409-5530
14106267427
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children
Description: Red Hot and Blue is a full-service, casual-themed restaurant chain and...
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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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Brisket

We stopped by on our way home from Christmas vacation. We wanted beef brisket and cornbread. Had their bacon and Cheese Fries during happy hour. Service at the bar is fast and friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
Corinnia M
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Coffman Cove, Alaska
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had just posted a photo of all the food trucks lined up by the Smithsonian. A friend from Coffman Cove, Alaska where I live commented and asked which one we picked. My reply was that "we were glad we waited"! Oh Man was that true! We stopped at Red, Hot & Blue which is easily accessed off the 50... More 

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Thank Jamie C
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went there for lunch and left with a big smile. I don't write too many reviews but this place deserved it. I had the Hearty Combo and it was a good amount of food. It was one of the best pulled pork sandwiches I've ever had. I skipped the hot sauce but thoroughly enjoyed the other 3 sauces. The cup... More 

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Thank mjw484
joanna2144, General Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We hope to see you back in the restaurant soon. More 

Arnold, Maryland
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There ribs are horrible. They no longer serve baby back ribs. The ribs they have now are big hog ribs....just not the same. When I ask why they don't have baby backs, they say they have never had them. No true. I've been going there for 25 years. Believe me, they had baby back ribs. It's not a detail I... More 

Helpful?
Thank datl64
joanna2144, General Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review

Hello datl64, I'm sorry to hear that your last visit was disappointing. I was at the restaurant that night, and remember the server asking me about baby back ribs. I should have come to the table to further explain our history with baby backs. Since the start of RH&B in 1988, we have always featured our Award-winning St. Louis cut... More 

Palm Beach, Florida
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Visit a few times a year for BBQ chicken, ribs and wonderfully prepared sides. Great service and the best blues music while dining we have discovered. Salads with BBQ beef, chicken, pork also available and very satisfying. Serving sizes are large. Ice tea served in individual 30 oz. pitchers for each diner.

Helpful?
Thank arnab33
joanna2144, General Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We hope to see you back in the restaurant soon. More 

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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

We stopped by on our way home from Christmas vacation. We wanted beef brisket and cornbread. Had their bacon and Cheese Fries during happy hour. Service at the bar is fast and friendly.

Helpful?
Thank Corinnia M
joanna2144, General Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We hope to see you back in the restaurant soon. More 

Bowie, Maryland
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77 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A good rib house, great sides, good desserts. Good bar, too. Lots of good beers on tap.Not much to look at, but clean and good service.

Helpful?
Thank Bryna A
joanna2144, General Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We hope to see you back in the restaurant soon. More 

Dover, Delaware
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138 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Maybe they were short-staffed the night we stopped in for dinner, but it took 10 minutes for initial beverage service and over half and hour for our dinner to be served. That said, the food itself was quite good, fried pickles appetizer, fried chicken and brisket entrees, and we each had a piece of Smith Island cake to complete the... More 

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Thank DelMarVaJohn
joanna2144, General Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear you did not receive the service you should expect from Red Hot & Blue. We pride ourselves on our service, and it seems we missed the mark that night. I hope you'd be willing to give us another opportunity to show you we can provide the service you deserve. I'm sorry, and hope to see you... More 

Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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347 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

We have come here often whenever in the Annapolis vicinity. The trick is to find the proper exit when going North on 301 (East on Route 50)--Exit 28, otherwise you will find yourself passing the restaurant and having to circle back. The decor is basic roadhouse, but the food is very good (particularly the Brunswick stew) and the service is... More 

Helpful?
Thank Stanner57
joanna2144, General Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We hope to see you back in the restaurant soon. More 

Bowie
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Per an on-line invite to all military active duty and veterans, MS Nancy [my wife] and I [USN Ret.] had lunch at RH&B. We've been there several times before and it's a real treat to always return. The BBQ foods and sides are second to none. The service, always professional and polite, especially today with our server MS Lauren L....... More 

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Thank Chiefdon
joanna2144, General Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We hope to see you back in the restaurant soon. More 

New Jersey
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

Excellent food. Service is quick and the lunch combos were oustanding. Come here whenever im working in Annapolis.

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Thank EvilSandman
joanna2144, General Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We hope to see you back in the restaurant soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 200 Old Mill Bottom Rd S, Annapolis, MD 21409-5530
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Annapolis
  • Phone Number: 14106267427

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American, Bar, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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!
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

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