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“Good food, excellent service!”
Review of Red Hot & Blue

Red Hot & Blue
Ranked #40 of 365 Restaurants in Annapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Barbecue, Bar
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Dining options: 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!
Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is the best bar b cue in the area. The restaurant is clean, the servers are friendly and efficient. Enjoyed this visit.

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Reviewed July 1, 2014

We stopped here after a long day at Sandy Point. We were dressed in beach clothes and were welcomed and treated great! We had a table of 6 ate tons of great food with great service! A must stop coming or going to the beach

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Reviewed June 30, 2014

I recently ate dinner at this restaurant which is somewhat of a "locals" establishment in that it is not in the general tourist areas. Their barbeque is very good - almost as good as that here in Kansas City. The service was very good and the prices are very reasonable. I'll return to this restaurant the next time I'm in the Annapolis area.

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Reviewed June 22, 2014

Stopped in Annapolis and asked hotel clerk for a recommendation. We thought the name was odd and almost went to a familiar chain, but she did say it was her favorite restaurant so we said we'd try it. WE ARE SO GLAD WE DID!

Parking lot, at 8PM on a Sunday night, was completely full. Inside the atmosphere was completely comfortable and we were immediately greeted and seated. The servings were extremely large (you can share, and we recommend it) and the service was friendly and attentive. The ribs are superior (the sweet ribs are best, the wet ribs are good), the catfish and shrimp also quite good. The hush puppies and corn bread seem home made, they are distinctive, fresh, and delicious.

The negative I have is that this restaurant is about 12 hours from our home. Otherwise we'd be regulars. Superb!

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1  Thank DuckFriend
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

Great local restaurant and bar. Very courteous staff. Very good food with a specialty brunswick stew that's kickin'. Bartender is one of the best I've seen.

1  Thank Charles D
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