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Dreamland BBQ

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5535 15th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
(205) 758 8135
Today
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

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  • 118
    Excellent
  • 98
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
RIBS RIBS RIBS

Finally got to the Original Dreamland in Tuscaloosa and it was all I expected. A plate of white bread and Ribs all served on styrofoam plates was great. The history on the walls of Alabama football and other sports and celebrities is cool. its small which explains why we came in March during... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Chgeorge17
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Finally got to the Original Dreamland in Tuscaloosa and it was all I expected. A plate of white bread and Ribs all served on styrofoam plates was great. The history on the walls of Alabama football and other sports and celebrities is cool. its small which explains why we came in March during softball season and not during football season.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

While watching Alabama football on TV I have always heard the announcers talk about this place. I had the chance to try it out while passing through on vacation. This place is awesome, not only are the ribs awesome, but there is a lot of history here. The atmosphere, the service, the sauce, everything about this place is awesome. Even... More 

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Whenever I'm craving BBQ this is the ONLY place I'll go! The original is the very BEST!! I'm surprised this place isn't on more Road Trip shows! :)

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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Dreamland BBQ is a icon in Tuscaloosa so I jumped on the chance to take my family there during a recent visit to Alabama. The restaurant is located in an old neighborhood in the hills of Tuscaloosa. The setting is exactly what you would think of in a "hole in the wall" BBQ restaurant. Very few tables are located in... More 

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Columbiana, Alabama
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

The service was great, very friendly & attentive! The food was average, maybe it was just an "off" day. I would recommend getting a bigger serving than a single, it was pretty good!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I went here because a local friend recommended it. It's a hole in the wall place with a cool atmosphere. It got the full slab because I was told they were amazing. I disagree. They tasted okay but the meat quality was poor. I only rated it so high because I enjoyed sitting at the bar and soaking in the... More 

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Nashville
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29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Our waitress was nice and the service was incredibly quick. We enjoyed a bunch of ribs and the baked beans were fantastic. The sauce is amazing and has just the right amount of kick. The atmosphere was comfortable and it seemed like a place the locals like to go. Great hometown southern service and food!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This place has great ribs. The food is smoked and deliciously prepared. A radio announcer for Alabama was eating there and broadcasting. As the story goes, he bit into it (whatever yummy bbq he was eating) and all the Alabama fans heard the honest appreciation. Well people found out about this place because of football and I am thrilled it... More 

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

The overall experience was very good. The ribs were okay....but not what I expected. The sausage was outstanding. The best part was the sides....the baked beans and potato salad was top shelf. Everybody I our group got banana pudding and loved it.

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Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I've heard so much about this classic rib snack that I was thrilled when I finally had a chance to go there. There was little variety and what was there, the ribs, were really average. The meat was thick but tough and chewy. The vinegar based sauce was good but their should be a bit more variety. The environment, history... 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?