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“Good BBQ for a chain” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Red Hot & Blue

Red Hot & Blue
Ranked #41 of 202 Restaurants in Leesburg
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, 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!
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good BBQ for a chain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Like the variety of sauces--some of the meat can be a bit dry. Wish the rubs were a bit more assertive! Still, a good feed!

Visited April 2012
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Family Restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

It's an average family chain restaurant that serves BBQ. They are trying to please too many people for the chain. Good, but not spectacular BBQ.

Visited February 2012
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Thank Cjbeun
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Frederick, Maryland
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Large portions, great table waiting, fun for families”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

My family and I have been here several times with various groups of people and enjoyed the environment and food every time! We also like the extra large glasses providing ample water and lowering the need for refills.

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Thank Marie33kl
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Herndon, Virginia
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Love That Piggly Pork”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Red Hot and Blue is one of our favorite barbeque restaurants in Northern Virginia. We go to both the Leesburg, Herndon and Annapolis locations on a regular basis. We both love the pulled pork sandwiches and my wife always orders the beans. I think their potato salad is some of the best in the world. Don't forget to sign-up for the birthday and anniversary club where they send you a certificate for a free entree for each occasion.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Leesburg, Virginia
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“Look for great BBQ elsewhere”
3 of 5 stars 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
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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