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Dreamland Bar-b-que

1427 14th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-5416
205-933-2133
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Ranked #23 of 886 restaurants in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
Birmingham Alabama
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The ribs are absolutely fabulous, and the sauce under the ribs is the only thing better than the sauce on top of them. I never eat white bread but at Dreamland, I can eat about 4 slices before I realize it and then feel guilty for indulging (but not for too long). Adding Golden Flake chips to the order is... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

If you like ribs, then this is close to heaven. If you don't like ribs and wiping sauce off your face then this might not be your place. Dreamland was built on ribs, soaked in sauce and served with white bread to soak up the sauce. They are awesome. In the last few years, the restaurant has expanded their menu... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Grew up on this BBQ in Tuscaloosa-when Big Daddy was still alive,,,was my favorite then-and my favorite now over 30 years! A tail gate must have!!!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is the place. As a student at the University of Alabama back in the '80's, we would go to the original shack that was the birthplace of Dreamland Ribs, Big Daddy would be sitting by the fire and the entire menu was ribs, white bread and beer or Mountain Dew. While those days have past, the ribs are just... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I'm a super repeat customer that constantly introduces family and friends. I've never been disappointed. My expectations are always exceeded. Great job!

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Trussville, Alabama, United States
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75 reviews 75 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We eat there every couple of months, but our last trip had a much different flavor. The ribs were gamey tasting and very tough. Usually this is a treat to go here, and it was still as fun as ever. I found myself wondering if maybe the supplier had changed. When I mentioned it to friends, they told me pretty... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The hype is real for this "chain" of BBQ joints. While the original is in Tuscaloosa, the location in B'ham just outside the UAB campus is a great spot for BBQ. Don't order fancy, don't go for the salad, and don't think you won't leave hungry. Keep it simple when you order here, because Dreamland is known for the sauce,... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Stopped in for lunch on the recommendation of a co-worker that use to live in Birmingham. So glad that I took her advice. These were by far some of the best ribs I have eaten, outside of the State of North Carolina! The half slab was huge and came with a generous portion of french fries, 4 slices of white... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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45 reviews 45 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Been going to Dreamland since they opened in the early 90's, the first location they opened outside of the original in Tuscaloosa. I've eaten dozens of ribs in dozens of states and I think they are the best. Certainly in Alabama. Go for the ribs. The sauce is excellent and served hot, an really good by itself with the white... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

just so so. its ok if all you want is BBQ. a bit expensive, and sort of like a regular chain restaurant.

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