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The Sad Decline of Dreamland in Tuscaloosa

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The Sad Decline of Dreamland in Tuscaloosa

scrumptiouschef | Mar 28, 2010 11:50 AM

On a recent trip through the great state of Alabama fortune led me to Dreamland's Tuscaloosa location [Archibald's was closed]. I've eaten at Dreamland periodically since I was a sprout and always had good and sometimes great barbecue there.

Pitiful.

I order a rack to go with the intent of sitting down for a spell and eating a few bones then taking the rest on the road to gnaw on as I made my way to the Appalachians.

The counter man handed me my box and I actually thought for a moment they'd forgot to put the rack in it. You could've slapped a first class stamp on it and dropped it in the US mail to ship it.

It was light as a feather.

The bones themselves had very little flesh on them. The flavor was good, nice and smoky but the paucity of the meat and chewiness of what there was, was inexcusable for a smokehouse with the stature of Dreamland.

On the return trip a couple weeks later I hit Archibalds and got a rib sandwich that put Dreamland to shame. The paper plate groaned under the weight of the big, meaty bones sauced in Paulette's wonderful, vinegary concoction. It's nice to see at least one Tuscaloosa area institution's still at the top of their game.

Meanwhile across town it's a sad state of affairs at Dreamland these days.

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