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“Good memphis barbecue with great sides!”
Review of Red Hot & Blue

Red Hot & Blue
Ranked #94 of 1,476 Restaurants in Raleigh
Price range: $0 - $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 November 5, 2012

The atmosphere sets the tone for some good memphis style barbecue. I love the pulled pork, beans, and the cole slaw is delicious! It all goes together nice with some sweet tea, and I like the fact that they have different sauces to try.

Thank George F
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

Great place! The service was fast and friendly. The food was yummy! The ribs were very tender and the sauce was delicious. Excellent fries and cole slaw. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Thank b a
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

hadn't eaten here for some time and it will be another long stretech before I return. Everything we had seemed to have been sitting awhile, meats were dry and fries were cold. Will look elsewhere next time.

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1  Thank Michael G
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Nothing amazing or awful about this place.
Huge amounts of food and great service but the BBQ is not amazing - just OK.
Good atmosphere so if you are looking for fun atmosphere; lots of food and good value it is the place for you. Just don't expect amazing cuisine

Thank stinkyandthebrain
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

I was working a block away from this place. Food is very well seasoned and great flavoring taste. They make the food exactly how you like it. I enjoyed myself to a full plate that was completely empty in one eatting.

Thank Shaquala C
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