Dreamlands is the best! Wish I came along.
Hope you're having great time.
There are several places to eat the in Austin, TX that you should check out. One is Trudy's which has Tex Mex food that's quite excellent, not mention their frozen margaritas.
If you like BBQ, I recommend Artz Rib House. Their pork and beef ribs are top notch, and on the weekends, they have live music.
Finally, if you like more down-home fare that's cheap, there is Dan's Hamburgers. Their burgers are unbeatable.
Are you stopping by in Atlanta?
Sheril, If the moon was made out of BBQ spare ribs, would you eat it and wash it down with a nice cold Budweiser? I know I would. It's not a hard question - just say yes.
I'm so jealous of your road trip! You're not stopping in Lousiana at all?
In Austin you can give directions just by referring to barbecue joints. Artz Rib House is indeed good, as is Rudy's, Donn's, Salt Lick, County Line, etc. etc. Lots of good Tex-Mex places as well.
Dreamland has an interesting history - It started in Tuscaloosa fifty years ago, during the time of segregation, and located in a neighborhood where white people, particularly wealthy white people, weren't exactly likely to visit. But Bear Bryant somehow discovered the place and became a regular customer. Also, network television crews and sports reporters in town to cover U. of Alabama football games picked up the habit from Coach Bryant. So, this beat-up little shack of a restaurant in a rather downscale neighborhood had some very famous and influential fans.
The guy who founded Dreamland sure knew how to cook ribs and barbecue better than anyone on the planet, but he had absolutely no idea how to market what he created. (In fact, the financial side of the business was so naive that the family got into some trouble with the IRS because the entire accounting system was a metal box - Revenue went into the box. Expenses went out of the box. That's it. No paperwork.) It wasn't until after many decades passed - until the 90s - that some people finally showed him how to franchise and expand. Hence the Birmingham location you visited, plus more in Atlanta and elsewhere.
The flip works.
Dreamland! You really should visit the original one in Tuscaloosa to get a proper feel for the place. But nothing finer in the middle of a road trip than a stomach full of Dreamland.