Dreamland’s pork spare ribs are good to the bone.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Why the name, “Dreamland”? John “Big Daddy” Bishop opened his first Dreamland Café in Tuscaloosa in 1958—the same year Bear Bryant started coaching at the University of Alabama. Big Daddy was a brick mason who wanted another income to support his family. So he prayed for guidance. And legend has it that God told him in a dream to build a café on the land next to his home. And Big Daddy did just that. Since that time Dreamland has opened several locations in Alabama and Georgia, including our own Birmingham Dreamland.

If I have to choose just one dish from the tempting BBQ menu at Dreamland

Bar-B-Que, it has to be their famous Hickory Smoked Pork Spareribs. Dreamland’s pit master watches over each slab of pork ribs and bastes them with their legendary sauce. These scrumptious meaty ribs make a meal in themselves. But don’t miss the banana pudding! As they say at Dreamland, "Ain’t nothing like 'em nowhere!" You can also order these ribs and other great Dreamland dishes online for home delivery at

Published, B-Metro, July 2012

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