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Dreamland BBQ

5535 15th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
(205) 758 8135
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Ranked #15 of 232 Restaurants in Tuscaloosa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Went to Tuscaloosa for the first time for the Florida/Bama football game. We had a couple of people tell us "you have to go" to Dreamland BBQ. So, we went... And it was very average. We were seated immediately and had a very friendly waitress. The service was good. We ordered ribs, not real meaty and a little bit tough.... More

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Ironton
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

All I have to say is out of this world experience! My first experience was in the spring of 2014 after the Alabama Tide Spring Football game. It is a staple to hit once in the area. It is off the beaten path off Jug Road. It is well worth it! It is a small older building but don't let... More

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Yakima, WA
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It's pretty tricky to find, and the site is humble and aging. But it's the history and the experience inside that is worth the trouble. The mementos and pictures are really compelling. The menu is only a few items, unlike the other locations. The barbecue is pure Alabama style, and explains why Dreamland is famous and long lived. Great people... More

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Lakeland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The barbecue was good. The banana pudding was out of this world! Everything else was good, except we don't eat sliced white bread. They could do better here.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

First I should disclose that I live in the BBQ capital, Kansas City. Yes, we have both molasses and vinegar based sauces as well as diverse styles of 'que. Not to mention the world renown annual BBQ contest. Dreamland's ribs are St Louis style, crunchy on the outside and overly moist to the point of soggy. They are shy of... More

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Dreamland has been a Tuscaloosa landmark for Bar-BQ. When I go out of town I try to find out where the locals go. Dreamland has three locations in Tuscaloosa. Don't judge the book by the cover is what I would tell visitors. The food is delicious. I've had the Brunswick stew at the Northport location, yummy for a cool day.... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Great ribs. Come here if you want some big delicious southern smoky ribs bathed in vinegar based sauce with some more sauce on the side along with some white bread. A couple days after you recover from your feast you'll crave them again! They also have sausage, potato salad, beans, banana vanilla wafer pudding and soft drinks and beer (note:... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

In town for business, and my host suggested Dreamland BBQ - the original location. Classic barbecue experience. No real diversity on the menu. Half rack or whole? I love it!!! We had a couple of whole racks as well as beans and cole slaw for slides. Ribs were very tasty as were the sides. Service was fine, nothing exceptional but... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Some of the best ribs I have ever had! Great taste, texture and sauce. I had the 1/2 slab of ribs, cole slaw and potato salad. The sides were ok, but nothing amazing like the ribs.

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Smyrna, Tennessee
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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Oh my goodness! I have heard the rave reviews about Dreamland! I wanted to go to the original place which is Tuscaloosa. We were not able to "eat in" because of traveling with our pet so I ordered ribs, bread and drink to go. We stopped at a rest stop and stuffed ourselves and as I write this I long... More

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