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“Look for great BBQ elsewhere”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Red Hot & Blue

Red Hot & Blue
Ranked #53 of 212 Restaurants in Leesburg
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Bar
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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!
Leesburg, Virginia
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“Look for great BBQ elsewhere”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Won't comment on the atmosphere much. I guess it's OK, but I come to a BBQ place for good food.

We've been here about 4-5 times so far. The prices are decent, but the BBQ isn't great.
The only thing we've found consistently good, is the Memphis fries.
Ribs.. so so. Either too dry, or unflavorful. I've had ribs in Memphis, and these don't come anywhere close.
Cole slaw.. dry.
Burgers.. not great..
Sausage.. I never had a good one in any BBQ place..
Wings.. unmemorable
Chili was decent, but was also too watery, and I suspect some out of the can kind.
Chicken Crispers were decent, but I am not sure I need a BBQ place for that.
Pulled pork/chicken.. unmemorable.

Beer selection could be somewhat better for a BBQ joint too. Generous portions of iced tea though :)
They have a fine choice of BBQ sauces..

Only thing I remain curious about is the Onion Loaf. Seems to be a popular dish. But I am not sure we'll be coming back to find out.

  • Visited July 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great BBQ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

This was a great meal for my son and I, food was perfect, service was spot on and some of the best BBQ I have had this side of Texas

  • Visited June 2012
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Gainesville, Virginia, United States
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“Hog Heaven Meals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2012

Great barbecue with great sides, get the Hog Heaven and you get one choice of meat, two side, appetizer or salad and dessert for less than $14. Leesburg is our favorite location, Warrenton is second where they give you larger sides but less main entree. Order your sweet tea or other soft drinks and they come in bottomless 32 ounce pitchers, sure to slake any thirst.

Visited May 2012
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Holland Patent, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

delicious and plentiful barbeque. the sides and their micro brew were delicious. not expensive.

Visited April 2012
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2012

Went during the week for lunch. OK food but nothing special.

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