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Dreamland BBQ

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5535 15th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405-6816
(205) 758 8135
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm sure by local standards, this is "good." If you've been anywhere 10 miles outside your local universe, you'd say "goodbye..." We loved the peeps but the food sucks. Sorry but true.

Thank swede52497
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Dreamland is more of a family or couples place so I chose carry out. Eating in or carrying out, you get the same delicious ribs. Nothing fancy just ribs that leave you wanting more. I always eat more than I should. Can't get to Tuscaloosa for Dreamland ribs? Take some bbq sauce to take home or to a friend.

Thank Tricia N
Ellisville, Mississippi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stop here every time we go to Alabama. Sometimes we go to Alabama just to eat at Dreamland. Best sauce. Best ribs. Best experience. Period. (Sauce is not overly sweet-a little vinegar)

Thank forkait04
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an absolute hole in the wall and fabulous! They only serve ribs and sausage and sides offered include baked beans (awesome), potato salad, chips and coleslaw. Have some sweet tea or a Naked Pig pale ale and go to town!

Thank Jaguilar24
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife's boss recommended coming to Dreamland and it was worth the trip. The atmosphere is something to experience. There are only a 12 tables and it is crowded. It is off the beaten path so when it looks like you are driving into someone's neighborhood, you are. They do only serve ribs and sausage with a few sides. Plus... More 

Thank robert m
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Legend is football made this place famous because locals would take sportscasters in from out of town by here to get ribs and they would rave about it on air during the broadcast (back when broadcast were a big deal and villages would gather around the one set to watch the Tide once a full moon). I haven't been here... More 

Thank pstone06
Weston, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

its all about the ribs. But they pretty much only have ribs and smoked sausage and very limited side dishes like beans and cole slaw. Also a small place so don't plan on getting on on Parents Weekend at UA. Bannanna pudding is to die for!!!

Thank Scott B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend recommend this experience. Yes, its a awesome experience. As you get to it off I-20 you wonder if the directions are correct then Bam you are there. You see smoke and the best part you smell BBQ when you drive up! Inside is dark but awesome history and ambiance!! You just grab a seat where you can we... More 

Thank HallsburgSodbuster
Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is the original Dreamland location that only serves ribs and sausage. It was worth the trip. The ribs fall off the bone. We left a little room for the chocolate oreo pudding as well.

Thank mandmnord
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All I can say is that it's pretty much everything people rave about. If you get a chance, go to the original in Jerusalem Heights - you will talk about that experience for a lifetime!! Be sure to try the banana pudding

Thank Anna C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5535 15th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405-6816
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Tuscaloosa
  • Phone Number: (205) 758 8135

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?