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“Great BBQ”
Review of Red Hot & Blue

Red Hot & Blue
Ranked #56 of 336 Restaurants in Gaithersburg
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!
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great BBQ”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

The wife and I have been going to this restaurant for a while now and we really enjoy their good BBQ and very good service; the potato salad is really good and it is definitely a side that you need to try when you are there. We would recommend to our friends.

  • Visited August 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“wash your hands before youick them”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

seven of us tonight ate till we hurt and Jackie then asked us about dessert. No mas was all I could say and almost hurt my back lifting the leftovers box.We got a free onion loaf for liking them on facebook and its better then a stinking onion!! bloomin, stinkin all the same.while your there dont forget to try a RHBlue amber beer. family freindly and a nice place to eat. have fun

  • Visited September 2012
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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“Way downhill!”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

This used to be the standard for the north Rockville/south Gaithersburg area. The food and service and management have gone so far downhill, we finally gave up on it. Far too many bad experiences, including horrible food experiences! And the wait staff changes daily, which is always a bad sign. We won't go back.

Visited August 2012
Thank David H
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Loree P, Public Relations Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review, August 20, 2012

I'm sorry that your most recent visit with us was a disappointment. You're encouraged to call Sylvia at (336)- 714-1526 to speak with a representative about your experience or send us a message via our website comment form and that you would allow us to make it up to you. We appreciate your time to let us know how we are doing and hope to see you back again at Red Hot & Blue.
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Danbury, Connecticut
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“great food”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

mmmmmmmmmm. i should stop here but i will add yum yum yum. lol. service was great. food was fantastic. smokehouse salad was great. the kids loved the cheese fries with bacon. my wife had st.louis ribs to die for. the combo they serve was excellent. ribs great, chicken great, pulled pork great. the brisket was just ok...little dry for me. waitress was on top of free refills on soft drinks. my wife and i plus 2 teenagers uner 100.00 with nice tip. cant beat it for the food we had.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank frankm85
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Woodbine, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Picky about my pork”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

Great setting excellent service the meat tasted a bit off for me. But realize I am stupid picky when it comes to pork.

Visited February 2012
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