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“Always good, rarely great”
Review of Red Hot & Blue

Red Hot & Blue
Ranked #44 of 421 Restaurants in Fairfax
Price range: $0 - $20
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!
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Always good, rarely great”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

The pulled chicken platter (dinner) is good, and the collard greens wonderful. Dry ribs are awful -- way too much paprika. The onion loaf is a big treat but quite greasy.

Otherwise, the service is passable and friendly, and speedy without fail.

Visited November 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
606 reviews
332 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
“Average BBQ”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

By and large RHB is an average place, which is not really a bad thing. It shows a consistency in the various locations and I know what I am getting when I go to a RHB. This location has held on for a pretty long time now and I have been there a few times over the years. This latest visit showed the food was really just ok, I can't say it was bad, but it certainly wasn't "Very Good". The ribs I got with my ribwich combo were overdone and overcoated with dry rub. There is usually not so much on there that I am scraping it off to get down to the meat. The pulled pork was fine and little better after saucing it up. The beans were really goopy, more than usual. The tea is always very good, I give a 5 star sweet tea rating.

RHB is not a bad place to go and if you are close by and have a hankering for some BBQ, you should stop in and see for yourself.

Visited January 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Dinner Stop Over”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Dinner was fine. Cole Slaw, vegetables and pork barbeque. Food was relatively quick, music/TV not too loud (you could easily hold a conversation with others).

Visited January 2013
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Very average food”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

The food was very un-inspired and marginal at best. The bbq was dry and flavor-less and the menu was lackluster. I would not eat here again.

Visited April 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Only Fair”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

Great menu but seems kind of cookie cutter. Service is spotty. Is nice that everything can be to go on those nights you want something different and don't feel like cooking.

Visited July 2012
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