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“Almost wonderful”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Red Hot & Blue

Red Hot & Blue
Ranked #9 of 191 Restaurants in Laurel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Barbecue
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Good for: Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, 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!
Ocean Pines, Maryland
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Almost wonderful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

This is a great place. The ribs were fantastic and everyone's meals were very good. The drinks were extremely well made and our waitress was great. The only thing keeping this from being the best - they don't have fried okra - I love the fried okra at Red Hot & Blues and this one doesn't have it!

Visited April 2014
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Laurel, Maryland
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“Food overdone and stsle”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

I took my family to one of these restaurants late at night on a weekend day; it was the restaurant close to my house in Laurel, MD. None of us liked the food because the ribs were overly cooked, French fries were stale and not fresh. That was my last time there. I am never going back.

  • Visited December 2013
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Laurel, Maryland
2 reviews
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“Very nice BBQ place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Nice food and friendly staff. Specially loved the pulled pork with ST. Louis sauce.
I wish they had cleaner restrooms.

  • Visited August 2013
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Laurel, Maryland
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“Good food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

When I get a taste for barbecue, I always head to Red, Hot & Blue. The food is always great, the wait staff is wonderful and the prices are reasonable.

  • Visited March 2014
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“A+++++++”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

This Red Hot and Blue is not one of the franchise restaurants, but has been privately operated for over the past twenty years by three of the most personable owners to come from Georgetown, DC.
The food is basic Memphis style wet and dry barbecue with excellent sides...however, no NC type barbecue :(. The staff has been with the restaurant since opening, so you can depend on the same high quality food and service each time you visit.

  • Visited April 2014
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