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“Best Barbeque & Ribs this side of Texas”
Review of Red Hot & Blue Arlington - CLOSED

Red Hot & Blue Arlington
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: Barbecue, Bar
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, 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!
Reviewed June 8, 2013

We eat here twice a month, if you want true barbeque and ribs this is the best place to come, travel a lot for work eat out a lot and been to TN, MO, TX, and this place gives southern barbeque a run for their money, ifs fairly cheap, service is good most of the time, but there are times when you get a crappy server, but we always come back here. we use their catering service for our office sometimes.

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

The food was fantastic! The barbeque, cold slaw and beans were some of the best we've ever had. Could have had a little better atmosphere, and service.

Thank Jan B
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Always a favorite in the DC area! You won't regret getting your BBQ on in this place! Enjoy a few different styles of ribs, all of them great!

Thank Pedro G
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

The restaurant was referred to us by our hotel front desk person. We easily walked to it and could have a few drinks without worrying about driving or getting a cab. Good food and plenty to eat.

Thank shepherd35
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

I would be back at Red Hot & Blue every week. Except -- I can't afford to be eating those calories.

If you aren't in that age-group or category and like this kind of food, this is highly recommended.

Thank Eclipsegroupie
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