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Dreamland BBQ

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5535 15th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
(205) 758 8135
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Takeout

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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
Great local place for Southern BBQ

Most people don;t think of Alabama for ribs and there is a reason, usually a plae knock off other regions ribs. Dreamland is a nice exception and the rack of ribs was quite good, a little fatty, but tasty. Also take the time to order the banana pudding to cleanse the palette, a real treat and one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I had heard about Dreamland from a former colleague who graduated from the University of Alabama and just had to try it. My husband and I had the ribs and they were quite good. They were very meaty, with very little fat. I especially liked the spicy sauce. The side dishes were forgettable and tasted no better than canned products.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Most people don;t think of Alabama for ribs and there is a reason, usually a plae knock off other regions ribs. Dreamland is a nice exception and the rack of ribs was quite good, a little fatty, but tasty. Also take the time to order the banana pudding to cleanse the palette, a real treat and one of the best... More 

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Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Our experience with Dreamland began with graduate school at UA and has continued since. Even though we haven't lived in Tuscaloosa in years on end we stop at the original Dreamland for ribs every time we are in town. Let's just say we take rib orders before leaving for Tuscaloosa and are pretty much driving a rib delivery vehicle by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Thanks to my husband who has been coming here since he was a teenager I had the pleasure of something new. Coleslaw... delicious. Nothing over the top... Simple... most importantly it was fresh! Ribs... delicious!!!! Sauce... delicious!!! Staff & Atmosphere... open & welcoming... comfy... surrounded by history... a whole lot of history!!! Thank you!!! For a wonderful dinner... and we'll... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Dreamland is a small establishment but we easily found a table and our server was awesome. The food comes out quick and is delicious! My favorite ribs anywhere!

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Thomasville, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I enjoyed the eclectic inside. The barbecue sauce is awesome, but I wish I could say the same about the ribs. I know a lot of people in Tuscaloosa would beat me up for saying this, but those are not the best ribs that I have ever had. I probably wouldn't put them in the top 10. That having been... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is my second trip to Dreamland. Ribs were a little undercooked by a couple of hours- tough to get off the bone. Flavor is superb and the sweet tea keeps on coming. Finished it off with home banana pudding. Yum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Like other reviewers have stated, the food was great. I am a dry rub guy but that sauce converted me. Our server, Yaminah may have outshined the ribs. She made our meal memorable as she was welcoming and made us feel at home. Smiling laughing all while meeting our requests. What an asset Dreamland!

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Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

If you enjoy ribs you cannot visit Tuscaloosa with stopping at the original Dreamland. Go early so you will be sure to get a seat because there are not very many tables and be sure to go hungry. These ribs are outstanding with white bread to sop the sauce and be sure to add slaw and potato salad. Oh save... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

These were some of the best ribs we have ever eaten and the sauce is what put them over the top. Not many items on the menu however the ribs and banana cream pudding were so good there is no reason for them to overdo it here with much more. Don't leave without at least bringing some pudding to go... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5535 15th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Tuscaloosa
  • Phone Number: (205) 758 8135

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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