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Dreamland BBQ

5535 15th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
(205) 758 8135
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Ranked #11 of 226 restaurants in Tuscaloosa
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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English first
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

An overnight stopover in Tuscaloosa was the opportunity to visit Dreamland BBQ-Northport. Unlike the original Dreamland, the Northport location offers side dishes. This is a casual place that serves good food and beer. Referring to the signature pork ribs! the marketing tag line is, "Ain't nothin' like'em nowhere!" Amen to that! The ribs and the sauce were good! The sides,... More

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Inverness, Illinois
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101 reviews 101 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Too many people recommended not to go. It is off the beaten path. As we drove past the mobile homes started to worry. Driving up to what can best be described as a fixer-upper we were starting to really question this choice. The inside wasn't much better but it was jammed with people. The wait staff was delightful. Very friendly.... More

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mississippi
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70 reviews 70 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

They only serve ribs. Of course, sides, etc, but I assume if you only cook ribs they better be outa this world. Just okay. I have definitely had better.

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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Good food, but not fancy. That's the charm. Everyone should visit the original location at least once.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

Sorry. But this place was not very good. It was my first visit and the waitress recommend the ribs. That's probably because they were left over from the night before. They were so tough I could not hardly bite into them. When I mentioned my displeasure I was offered two more ribs in place of those returned. Again not very... More

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New Brighton
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20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

My ribs were poorly prepared - the meat (what there was of it) was tough and clung tenaciously to the bones. I didn't find the atmosphere anything special, either. Archibald's is close enough and smoking up perfection - they'll be glad to serve you the best.

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Metairie, Louisiana, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The potato salad and banana pudding were also amazing! It may be hard to find, but it's worth the drive. They don't have a lot of items on their menu because they don't have to!

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Birmingham, AL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Ribs are great, a bit pricey though. I have never eaten the sides; just the ribs, white bread, sauce, and beer.

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Dreamland is the true, southern BBQ experience. Go to the original restaurant on Jug Factory road to step back in time. The ribs are the standard by which we judge all others. Love the sauce! When we have company, we always treat them to the Dreamland experience. Oh, and wear dark clothes and don't dress up... You're gonna get messy... More

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I was taken here by locals when I first moved here. Ribs were okay, but there are better in Tuscaloosa. Shack atmosphere is amusing -- once. I have never felt the need to return.

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