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Dreamland Bar-b-que

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1427 14th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-5416
205-933-2133
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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  • 57
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pretty Good

I loved the atmosphere but some of the ribs were a little tough. The sauce had a little too much zing for me personally, but everyone else loved it. The baked beans were superb, and the banana pudding was also very good. I also had french fries which were just OK. I was told the cole slaw was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
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314 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Dahlonega, Ga
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120 reviews 120 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Happened to be passing through Birmingham and my Alabama bar b q app went off that we were near Dreamland Bar B Q. Went in and atmosphere was really nice and our waitress Taylor was excellent, but I came for the Q. First they brought out white bread and BBQ sauce to snack on. Wife had BBQ nachos that she... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This is the kind of place you go for the food. The atmosphere and service are kind of by the wayside when that plate of BBQ is set in front of you. Dig into the ribs, forget about keeping clean, and enjoy the beauty of tasty perfection. All I can really say is GET THE RIBS!

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Topeka, Kansas
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14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I remember Dreamland being the top-shelf of BBQ of the region. Not sure if it warrants that moniker anymore. I order the ribs - the item Dreamland is most noted for. The ribs were fatty and tough. While the flavor was good, they were a chore to eat. Definitely not in the top shelf of ribs I've eaten. The sides... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I loved the atmosphere but some of the ribs were a little tough. The sauce had a little too much zing for me personally, but everyone else loved it. The baked beans were superb, and the banana pudding was also very good. I also had french fries which were just OK. I was told the cole slaw was very, very... More 

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25 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The meat is pretty good. Maybe a little too charred but there's usually a lot of meat on the bone. Their sides are really good. The Mac and cheese especially. The sauce is more like a gravy. Not a fan.

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Chicago, Illinois
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17 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

The tips were great but we didn't like the ribs. If this is great Bar-B-Que, then we just aren't fans. Meat didn't have enough flavor and wasn't cooked well enough. Not like ribs we have eaten elsewhere. Truly, a big disappointment. On the other hand, our server was excellent. Friendly, helpful and pleasant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Wow, what a great bbq place!!! My husband and I enjoyed the visit.... The ribs are sooo tender and the sweet tea was spot on!! I recommend this place for great bbq.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Close to downtown and the campus of UAB, you can easily find Dreamland. There's a small parking lot attached to it and we found a spot on a weekday around lunch. The staff was very friendly and we were seated immediately. You can tell what history it has by the pictures on the wall. On the wall opposite the entrance... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Came here on recommendation of a friend. As a native to Memphis, TN my BBQ expectations are ridiculously high. The ribs were tough. We sent them back and another set came out that was marginally better. I do not recommend this restaurant based on the toughness of the ribs, using kraft easy mac and cheese. I did enjoy the tea... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

Great lunch experience food was the best . The half of rib was a lot of meat had to share to finish. Meat fell off the bone .The service was the best refilled our drinks before we wear done we had a large party of nine and the food all came out together the waitresses worked as a team. This... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1427 14th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-5416
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: 205-933-2133

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 18
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

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