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Dreamland BBQ

5535 15th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
(205) 758 8135
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Ranked #15 of 231 Restaurants in Tuscaloosa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Kansas City, Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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
4 helpful votes 4 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 reviews 3 reviews
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

while having dinner found a dead fly floating in my ice tea ...after bringing it to my waitress attention i was told flies are everywhere ..the manager never came out to address the issue ...they were nice enough to take $5.00 off..i won't be back

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Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Oh, these are fine, fine ribs! Very meaty, tender and topped with a tangy sauce that you just can't get enough of. Great atmosphere - down a winding road, dimly lit interior with license plates on the walls. Do not miss banana pudding. Take it home if you are too full from ribs and enjoy it later. It is phenomenal.

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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52 reviews 52 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is the original Dreamland and is an authentic Alabama BBQ joint. Not the best in the state, but close (Bob Sykes in Bessemer is still #1 in my opinion). Don't go here if you are looking for a lot of variety. The only meats on the menu are ribs and sausage. There are 4 sides, potato salad, baked beans,... More

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Carrollton, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

This is a true southern original Bar B Q place. We love it and taking guests there to eat. You can eat in or take out. The restaurant is small but as far as I'm concerned some if the best are small. The bar b q sauce is some if the best. Unique place to visit.

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