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“Good quality, fast service”
Review of Red Hot & Blue

Red Hot & Blue
Ranked #70 of 218 Restaurants in Leesburg
Cuisines: Barbecue, Bar
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Dining options: Delivery, Reservations, 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!
frederick, maryland
Level 6 Contributor
700 reviews
441 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 556 helpful votes
“Good quality, fast service”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

This is not "gourmet" BBQ but consistently very good. Nice place to stop in for a satisfying meal with something to satisfy everyone (including 5 year olds). The pulled pork and the beef brisket sandwiches are our favorites. The potato salad has a creamy consistency that may not please everyone but the sweet potato fries (preferably without the sugar and cinnamon for me) are good. The Brunswick stew with an assortment of meats is tasty and filling. A nice Sam Adams on tap is the right accompaniment.

  • Visited September 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good BBQ for a chain”
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
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Family Restaurant”
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
Thank Cjbeun
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Frederick, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Large portions, great table waiting, fun for families”
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.

Thank Marie33kl
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Herndon, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Love That Piggly Pork”
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
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Thank Sequoiahealth
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