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Memphis-style barbecue with a blues soundtrack sweeps the nation..
Founded in Tennessee, this barbecue chain is the blues version of a big-city Hard Rock Cafe. Walls are lined with posters and memorabilia of musicians like Bessie Smith and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Ribs are the specialty of the house and come dry, wet or sweet. Pulled pork and fried catfish are complemented by the deep-fried onion ring loaf.
Great Food!. Love this place. The food is great and reasonably priced. I've never had better potato salad! Fun atmosphere!
Great food FAST!. Red Hot and Blue has great food, at a really affordable price, and it is always super fast! This isn't North Carolina style BBQ, but it is a nice change of pace and still really good. Also, there are plenty of options for those that do not like BBQ or do not eat pork. The pulled chicken is the best I've had anywhere! The portions are more than enough. Your drinks come in small pitchers - so even those that drink a lot do not need refills often. The potato salad is hard to beat and the fried okra are the best! Also, on Wed. and Sun. the bartender is a lot of fun and not bad to look at! Red Hot and Blue is great for a crowd or just a few people, and if you are on your own, you can sit at the nonsmoking bar - which is great to me - or order take out! It's an overall great value!
Best BB'Q in the area and service is always first rate..
We have been dining at Red Hot & Blue since moving to the area 10 years ago and have NEVER been disappointed in the food, service or cleanliness. The pulled chicken and beef brisket is always tender and tasty and the smoked sausage is fantastic. Try the onion ring loaf for a starter or the dinner salad. I especially like the small pitchers they use to serve soft drinks and Tea. If you don't care for beans or slaw there is a large selection of sides to chose from (try the steamed veggies). The establishment is very well managed which shows in the cleanliness, training of the staff and consistency of the food. The added touch of fresh flowers in the ladies room is very nice and is testament to the operation.
If you're looking for a great place to eat, you have found it, you will be very happy you tried Red Hot & Blue.
Excellent Pit BBQ - NOT NC BBQ.
We went here for the first time tonight based on reviews of the location in Cary on this web site. The food was fantastic! We had been searching for a good BBQ place since we moved here about 2 months ago. I don't care for Carolina style BBQ in the least, my husband doesn't mind it but likes ribs and brisket better.
Red Hot & Blue is NOT CAROLINA STYLE BBQ, it is Memphis so if you go expecting smoked pig with vinegar you will be disappointed.
This was some of the best Memphis BBQ we've ever had. We had a feeling it would be good when we walked in the door and could smell the hickory smoke from the kitchen. I had the pulled chicken, my husband had the Triple with ribs, pulled pork and brisket. Each platter was served with BBQ beans, cole slaw and little corn muffins. All of the food was fantastic. The chicken was tender and moist with excellent flavor and texture, the pulled pork was pulled, not chopped, tender and had a wonderful smoke flavor, the brisket was so tender we could cut it with a butter knife, the ribs were falling off the bone. The postions were generously sized for the price and my husband had enough left over to make a lunch for tomorrow. We had heard so much about the potatoe salad that we orded a side and far and away it was the best potatoe salad either of us has ever had anywhere.
The staff was very accomodating and pleasant. My husband could not decide between the wet and dry ribs, so they made half of his ribs dry and half wet so he could try both. There was a good selection of foods including salads, soups, chicken, beef, fish and pork. The sweet tea and unsweet tea were both great and served in individual pitchers. Service was quick and of good quality and the atmoshere was relaxed.
One of the best things about this place is that the entire resturaunt is non-smoking! This is rare around here since smoking is still allowed in food establishments. The booths were clean and the air was very clear.
We were very impressed and plan o go back again soon!
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