Dreamland Serves Up Authentic Barbecue

The Peachtree Corners restaurant's signature dish, its hickory smoked pork spare ribs, is cooked over a hickory-fired open pit.

Walk right in, sit right down and you can be sure that you will soon be eating some really good barbecue. At on any day during lunchtime you will find people in business attire and folks in jeans and T-shirts (maybe a better clothing option just in case you get crazy with the sauce), all there for the express purpose of enjoying some barbecue.

In 1958 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, two men with big nicknames started some big things. Paul “Bear” Bryant began coaching at the University of Alabama and John “Big Daddy” Bishop built and opened his restaurant, the Dreamland Cafe. 

Some things at Dreamland have changed very little since that time over 50 years ago. The ribs are cooked over a hickory-fired open pit, a plate of white bread is served along with some sauce for dipping and there’s a big roll of paper towels sitting alongside just in case you need them...and you will.

Some people like Dreamland’s speciality, the barbecue ribs (my personal favorite.) Others come in for the chicken or pulled pork. But whatever your leaning, the thing that makes it all delicious is the secret recipe sauce. 

There’s a lot to choose from on the Dreamland menu. The meats are all good as are the sides. One meat that I discovered at this visit and enjoyed, is the hickory smoked sausage. Spicy, good and something a little different.

Each side is full of flavor and everything is made fresh daily. Remember that when you’re choosing side items these are prepared in slow, Southern cooking style. In other words, the green beans are a little spicy and definitely not al dente. After you’ve enjoyed the barbecue, if you still have room, top off your meal with some good ‘ole banana pudding. Yum!

One of the managers, Ben Hopkins, says that Dreamland is glad to be in the friendly atmosphere of Peachtree Corners. He said they love community involvement like working with the football program for their alumni dinner. He says there are lots of repeat customers who he considers to be like family. Hopkins said that the thing he likes best about his job at Dreamland is, “interacting with the people. I like seeing them happy and enjoying some good food.”

The Peachtree Corners Dreamland is in the process of changing from a privately owned store to a corporate one. They’re expanding the restaurant and expect it to be better than ever. 

Not only can you come in and eat barbecue or take it out, but Dreamland has a full catering menu. They will cater your meal wherever you need it. They can simply drop the food off or provide full-service. They will even bring the supplies and do on-site cooking. 

Stop by Dreamland soon for some barbecue that can’t be beat. 

5250 Peachtree Parkway
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092


Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-10 pm, Sunday 11 am-9 pm

Bob June 15, 2012 at 12:21 PM
The best part of the green beans is that they are cooked with the sausage as well! There are bites of sausage mixed into the green beans that just make it wonderful!


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