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“Great East-Coast barbecue and more” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Red Hot & Blue

Red Hot & Blue
Ranked #17 of 572 Restaurants in Irving
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Bar
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Full Bar, 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!
Dallas, Texas, United States
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3 restaurant reviews
“Great East-Coast barbecue and more”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2011

Gotta get the potato salad; everything else is also superb.

Visited November 2011
Thank Keith M
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“This is a chain restaurant?!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2011

I may not be a published food critic, but I know what I like and I like barbequed brisket! I traveled to Texas to visit family, watch a football game and eat brisket. After a couple of less than satisfying meals, we went to Red Hot & Blue the last night in Irving. Now that's what I'm talking about! The dry-rub ribs were great, the pulled pork was flavorful and the brisket was spectacular! Juicy, tender and flavorful, with a perfect bark to add crunch and that wood smoke flavor. My wife had pulled pork & chicken, and a friend with us had the "All In" burger - a burger patty topped with pulled pork and cheese. Our waiter, Luke, brought us a sample of their smoked turkey and almost started a fight seeing who would get the last piece. Sauces were also good displaying the various ingredients & flavors, but don't be intimidated when they tell you that the Hoochie Coochie sauce is "insanely hot" - I found it kind of mild.
Who do I talk to about getting one of these restaurants in Oregon?

  • Visited September 2011
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Irving, Texas
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“Great BBQ place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2007

Great BBQ place!

Thank nenebird
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