Georgia Dining: Dreamland Bar-B-Que

Dreamland Bar-B-Que
10730 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell, GA

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Georgia and Alabama aren’t really known as BBQ territory,  and they really don’t have a “style”, like their cousins in North Carolina, Memphis, Lexington, Kansas City and Austin, each of which are said to have their own schools that define the genre.  However, when in the South, I tend to gravitate toward genuine Southern-style food, and any excuse to eat BBQ is a good one. It didn’t take much encouraging when my client told me that he and his friends refer to Dreamland Bar-B-Que in Roswell as their “Church”, because they go there and get all quiet and serious when they are eating and worshiping the  Pork.

Dreamland is part of a small chain of Barbecue restaurants, originating out of Tuscaloosa, AL. When you drive up to the restaurant, the smell of meat smoking over fruit woods immediately smacks you upside the head. See the big chimney? You can’t see it because of the sun glare, but there’s a large volume of Pecan and Hickory smoke emanating from it.

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The first thing you see when you walk in is the pit, which is housed inside that big chimney.

The restaurant looks like a barbecue place, but with a sports bar-like accent.

I love this sign.

The menu.

By default, if you ask for Iced Tea in Georgia, you get Sweet Tea, unless you specifically ask for “Regular iced tea” or “Unsweetened iced tea”. Sweet tea is so sweet that you’ll pretty much get Type II Diabetes the second you get a taste of it — even if you dump three or four packets of sugar in an equivalent glass of regular iced tea, it still won’t get anywhere close to as sweet. Think Snapple, but sweeter.

Complimentary appetizer of Sunbeam and BBQ Sauce. Dreamland BBQ’s sauce, while red, has a very strong vinegar taste and has some chile bite. They have a sweeter kind for “wussies” as the manager explained to me, but nobody really asks for it round these parts.

A half rack of ribs.

Mmmm. Juicy.

“Big John” Barbecue pork sandwich, which was sufficiently big enough that I took half of my ribs home with me.

Big John, top removed.

Pulled pork closeup.

Mac and Cheese, which I thought was excellent.

Peach Cobbler, made with canned peaches, which I was rather disappointed by and should have thought better of ordering in March, given the fact that Georgia Peach season isn’t until July or so. Go with the Banana Pudding or the Pecan Pie, which I hear are good.

4 Responses to Georgia Dining: Dreamland Bar-B-Que

  1. Melissa says:

    You really have captured the essence of Dreamland Barbecue here, Jason!

  2. The first time I went to Dreamland in 1982 was at the original restaurant in Jerusalem Heights, just outside of Tuscaloosa. I was a freshman at U of A and it was a right of passage to go there for dinner.

    The first time I walked in I had the feeling I was in the scene in “Animal House” at the all-Black nightclub before Otis Day began singing. It was a bit surreal.

    I couldn’t eat anything because they only offered bread, sauce and pork ribs at the time. I had a coke.

  3. onrushpam says:

    Yep, I’m surprised to see them offering anything but ribs and bread! I’ve been to the one in B’ham, and those were the only choices. The waitress just asked how many slabs we wanted. And, the only drink choices were sweet tea/CocaCola and one kind of beer… Budweiser maybe? But, those ribs were WONDERFUL!

  4. Dreamland rocks! It’s truly a classic in the world of barbeque joints.

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