I think you are referring to Joy Yung’s. It was a great place. Key word "was". Do you remember "King’s Catfish King"? Wish I had their Catalina French dressing recipe.
Ahh…..Dreamland. When it first opened in Tuscaloosa it was an old house and John cooked on old 55 gal. drums. Up until his daughter opened in B’ham and the Dr. bought and franchised it, the only items you could get were ribs, loaf bread, beer and soft drinks. Like the sign said, "nothing else, don’t ask." I get a strange feeling when I eat at the store in Baton Rouge. Seems a little out of place.
You sure can’t go wrong at Jim and Nicks, another multi store chain.
In Bessemer, I like Bob Sykes B.B.Q. and, believe it or not, U.A.B. West Hospital dining room draws a lot of the business crowd for lunch. Great cooks there.