From the article “Rib meat and greet at Alabama an absolute Dream” by Jack Wilkinson in USA TODAY:
USA TODAY is celebrating Octoberfeast by finding places where college football fans gather for good food and nostalgia. The first stop: Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa, Ala. In 1958, within a week of each other, two larger-than-life-sized men who would become Alabama icons officially opened for business. The Bear and Big Daddy. On Sept. 27, 1958, Paul “Bear” Bryant’s first Alabama team led LSU 3-0 at halftime before the eventual national champion rallied for a 13-3 win. Six days later, Oct. 3, John “Big Daddy” Bishop served his first slab of ribs at Dreamland BBQ. Fifty years later, this remains the perfect union of pigskin and pork.
And it’s arguably the best college football joint in the land. Indeed, doesn’t every college town have one place where fans gather religiously for food and fellowship, football talk and adult beverages? Yet few, if any, can touch Dreamland. As golden jubilees go, Tuscaloosa is doubly blessed. This season is the 50th anniversary of Bryant’s return to his alma mater. Friday marks the 50th anniversary of Dreamland. This makes Jeannette Bishop smile. “It’s been a blessing. Fifty years and we’re still here,” said Bishop, the daughter of John and Lillie Bishop. “We must be doing something right, huh?”
TV broadcasters Brent Musburger and Keith Jackson extolled Dreamland on the air. Sportswriters did it in print. NFL coaches dropped in during the off season. Former ‘Bama football greats did, too. Sit down and Joe Namath or Kenny Stabler might be beside you. Penn & Teller specifically requested Dreamland ribs before performing at the university. The Four Tops dropped in. Reba McEntire’s entourage ordered several slabs for the tour bus. “Fifty years. Who would’ve ever thought?” Jeannette Bishop asked. “It’s mind-boggling.” http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/sec/2008-10-02-dreamland_N.htm
Dreamland BBQ is listed in the Alabama Tourism Department’s “100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die” brochure and was featured in the “Year of Alabama Food” television commercial. http://www.800alabama.com/places-to-eat/alabama-restaurants/