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“Atmosphere is pleasant; food varies”
Review of Red Hot & Blue

Red Hot & Blue
Ranked #63 of 215 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!
Ashburn, Va
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Atmosphere is pleasant; food varies”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

This is a nice place to enjoy some blues music in the background, see a jazz/blues theme around the decor, and enjoy bar-b-que meals. Pulled pork, pulled chicken, and sandwich platters are inexpensive, but ribs price higher and are sometimes awesome, and sometimes not so awesome. I have found, after 10+ visits, that my interest in returning to "do it again" is waning, unlike some restaurants for which I have not waned of interest in their flavor after 20+ visits.

Visited October 2012
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Leesburg, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Chain BBQ... few options in Leesburg”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

This is a chain BBQ place that is OK. The food isn't bad, but do not expect real Southern BBQ. This is not your spot. The lighting inside may be the worst lighting I have ever been forced to eat within. The bartender was nice, but the bar itself is uninviting. You have a feeling that you are drinking in an operating room. The waitstaff/table servers could care less. If Leesburg ever had a real BBQ competitor, this would close quickly.

  • Visited October 2012
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Ashburn, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
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120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Pretty Good BBQ”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Its the best BBQ in Leesburg. We get up there on the weekends and for the most part we have lunch here. Its always been a good value and good food. Not five stars but consistent thougha chain.

Visited November 2012
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near Washington, DC
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Nice BBQ”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

OK, who doesn't know what Red Hot & Blue serves or about the theme?

It isn't fancy, but the specials during the week are fine, if you like hamburgers, especially.

My spouse is wild for the beans (seriously). The cornbread is good, on the sweet side (which, for me, is a good thing . . . I don't care for bitter cornbread). We like the brisket very much, even if it's a bit a fatty for our taste at times. There are a variety of sauces, so each person can choose a favorite. Like okra? I do.

Carryout is available, and works out well (we think) for picnics and so forth.

Visited September 2012
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Washington, DC
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Consistently meets expectations”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Given it's a chain, you still get what you reasonably expect -- generous portions of well-cooked barbecue or burgers, plus a reasonably ample beer list. Ribs, pulled pork, and chicken are all good options.

Visited October 2012
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