Monday, October 22, 2007

Oct. 22, 2007, In the News

Damn goat. Oh, wait. Wrong team.

With the Red Sox taking their third straight game from the Indians last night, our interest in the rest of the baseball season has rolled right off the edge of the table. There were four inches of snow in Denver yesterday. Even winter has decided not to wait until the end of the season to get going.

Enough with the sour grapes.

The results are in from the most recent micro poll and Treat beat out Trick by a single vote. To tell you the truth, I was a little surprised. If asked, I would have guessed that you readers were a little more mischievous than this. I suppose deep down you're a good-hearted lot.

The new poll is up. Vote for your favorite vowel. Will the overrated e continue its domination, or will i or u sneak in to win?

Eat Here

I thought I'd break form a little bit today. From time to time I want to feature one of the nation's great restaurants serving bbq or comfort food.

Today we start with Dreamland Bar-B-Que of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This recommendation comes from Rich the Killer Cameraman, who's no doubt in a post-baseball funk today and could use a little Dreamland bbq to cheer him up.

Rich visited the 'bama institution a few years back and remembers it not only for its great ribs, but for the "No Beans. No Slaw... Don't Ask!" slogan. He said the only sides he remembers the restaurant offering were slices of bread and banana pudding.

Checking Dreamland's Website, the place does now offer beans, slaw, potato salad and some other sides. Much of its main fare, ribs, sausage, pulled pork, chicken and sauce can be ordered online, along with hats and t-shirts with the "Don't Ask!" slogan.

Mr. John "Big Daddy" Bishop opened the first Dreamland back in 1958 in Jerusalem Heights, just south of Tuscaloosa. Today there are eight Dreamland locations.

For a place that uses a slogan pegged to not having any side dishes, the Website has a recipe page that mostly features, ironically, side dishes. There are a couple of soups (white gazpacho, beef and barley), some salads (layered cornbread salad, veggie pasta salad, sweet and sour salad with barbecue vinaigrette) , shrimp cocktail, chicken wings and more.

If any of you have dined at Dreamland, let me know what you think. Or if you have suggestions for other classic restaurants, let me know that, too, and I'll try to work them into future posts.

Have a great week!

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