Craving lip smacking barbeque along with some fried okra and a glass of sweet tea? Then head to Alabama for the ultimate in Southern barbeque. Dreamland Bar-b-que is the place to snag a full slab of ribs, pulled pork sandwich, or combination plate to satisfy your hankerings.
Established in 1958 by John “Big Daddy” Bishop who opened the first Dreamland location in Tuscaloosa. This barbeque restaurant has gained national media attention – USA Today and Southern Living have featured it in their publications. Today, there are 7 locations throughout the state – Birmingham, Huntsville, Inverness, Mobile, Montgomery, Northport and Tuscaloosa.
Due to its legendary status, we decided to give it a try on a recent road trip through Alabama. We stopped at their Montgomery location for lunch, and here’s what we experienced.
Friendly & Quick Service
Upon arrival we were greeted with a line out the door. Experience tells us a wait is a good sign when trying a restaurant for the first time. Surprisingly, the line moved fast and it was only a quick ten-minutes before we seated. Arriving quickly to our table, our friendly server answered our questions about the menu options.
Fried Okra Starter
Just a few minutes after placing our order, a generous portion of a fried okra landed on our table. Seasoned using their barbeque rub, the okra was lightly breaded with a side of their Alabama Twang Sauce. The combination of the right crunch and the tangy sauce was the best Southern fried okra we have ever had! Score!
Big Daddy’s Chicken Bar-b-que Sandwich
Before we could make a dent in the fried okra, our main meals arrive. Their BBQ sandwich portion is enormous – I couldn’t even pick up the whole thing! The toasted bun, juicy chopped chicken, and the sweet tangy sauce were oh so good. This was the best chicken bar-b-que sandwich I have ever eaten. Another score!
Combo Plate – Awesome!
Another excellent choice was their Combo Plate with your choice of two meats and two sides. My husband chose their famous ribs and chopped pork, and for the sides he chose mac and cheese and mac and cheese – he likes mac and cheese. The ribs were everything he expected, fall-off-the bone tender and lip-smacking good. As good as the ribs were, the chopped pork was better – a perfect combination of smoky sweetness. The only thing that made this chopped pork better was a little more of their famous Dreamland Bar-B-Cue sauce. Double score!
Generous portions of mouth-watering food at affordable prices, Dreamland was a winning restaurant for us. When we are back in Alabama, Dreamland will be our first restaurant choice.