D Magazine - January 2016

Former Deep Ellum Café Chef Brian Hennington Returns to Update AllGood Café Menu

Who remembers the glory days of the Deep Ellum Café? It was one of the hottest spots in Deep Ellum in the mid-80s and the chef was Brian Hennington. Currently Hennington and his wife Lori operate a 40-acre farm in Arkansas. They grow organic arugula, vegetables, and fruits and raise hogs, turkeys, and chickens. They also breed German Shepherds.

Every few years Hennington returns to Dallas and visits his good buddy Mike Snider, the owner of AllGood Café. Four years ago Hennington spiced up AllGood’s menu with some New Mexico-style dishes. Earlier this month he upgraded the offerings once again. ...

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D Magazine - January 2016

The Best Breakfasts in Dallas

This eclectic spot nestled in the heart of Deep Ellum is known for serving up mounds of affordable home-style fare. By 9 am the joint is jumping with neighborhood regulars and families looking to scarf down generous plates of classics such as farm-fresh scrambled eggs, crispy peppered bacon, and roasted potatoes. The menu also has a nice selection of Tex-Mex-inspired dishes such as huevos rancheros and migas...

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D Magazine - January 2016

Five Dallas Breakfast Sandwiches to Eat Now

As if the friendly service, bottomless coffee, and laid-back environment weren’t enough to get you out of bed in the morning, this Deep Ellum café has one of the best breakfast sandwiches in Dallas. Those seeking refuge in perfectly cooked eggs sandwiched between two toasty slices of sourdough bread will find what they’re looking for here. The breakfast menu offers two versions of the egg sandwich. There’s the regular sammy with a fried egg, shaved ham, and smear of Tabasco mayonnaise on toasted sourdough. Then, there’s the mega-egg sandwich...

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D Magazine - November 2015

Taste Test Thursday: Mashed Potatoes

A handful of D Magazine staff members tasted restaurant mashed potatoes in honor of Thanksgiving. So, which homestyle version is the best according to the testers of taters?

  • Smooth with pepper, really good.
  • Really soft, melts in your mouth. More peppery.
  • Peppery. Nice and smooth.
  • Oh man. This one is really good. Light, fluffy, buttery. No skins, but I’m still giving it mad props.
  • Feels homemade like I’m used to...

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D Magazine - September 2013

The Best Chicken-Fried Steak in Dallas

The kitchen doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to making chicken-fried steak. They start with fresh tenderloin and pound it thin before they portion the meat, dredge it in flour and buttermilk, and deep fry it in peanut oil. The result is a crunchy crust that yields to a juicy, slim filet mignon. The peanut oil is one of the keys to the unique flavor and makes the dish a little easier on the arteries.

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D Magazine - December 2011

Groovy Menu Changes at AllGood Cafe in Deep Ellum

Mike Snider of AllGood Café is one nostalgic SOB. When he felt like his menu needed a little tweaking he called in Brian Hennington. Yow. Zah. Blast from the past: Hennington was the original “real” chef in Deep Ellum. He was the talent behind the first Deep Ellum Café (stories anyone?). Since DEC closed, Hennington has been working around the area consulting for Blue Mesa and The Bronx. He did a spell as at Inn of the Mountain of the Gods in Ruidosa, New Mexico and Hennington’s Texas Café in Granbury.

More importantly to Snider, Hennington played a big part in developing AllGood Cafe’s style and first menu which also included input from “Daddy Jack” Chaplin and AllGood’s execuchef Maximino Garcia. (This is starting to sound like the culinary version of The Traveling Wilburys). Recently the team reunited and put together some (hopefully) new hits. I’ve listed some of the “updated and refreshed” items below...

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D Magazine - September 2010

The 20 Best Places to Eat Breakfast

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Mike Snider’s AllGood Cafe just celebrated its 10th birthday, but you won’t find a single wrinkle in the place. With a hip, Austinesque vibe, the cafe serves breakfast and lunch to musicians and art folks on weekdays. And it serves its fare to just about everyone else on weekends. With $2.50 mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays and endless cups of coffee, it’s the perfect fix for early birds who are just waking up and night owls who have yet to go to bed. Those taking the orders claim that the South Austin Migas—with plenty of eggs, cheese, green chiles, and tortilla strips—are the most popular dish. Others claim that the huevos rancheros take the crown with their sunny-side up eggs, ranchero sauce, and crispy tostado. We personally enjoyed the fluffy pancakes and the peppered bacon cooked perfectly. It doesn’t really matter what you eat at AllGood, though. With the coffee cups brought in by customers, the colorful origami hanging from the ceiling (left from a wedding reception a year ago), and fresh ingredients from local suppliers, you’ll feel right at home. If home is a farm with a creative bride.

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D Magazine - February 2009

Best Bacon

This Deep Ellum fave’s black pepper-crusted bacon, with its deep smoky flavor, steals the show. It’s always perfectly baked: the right balance of crisp and meaty.

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D Magazine - February 2009

Best Half Off Deals

The Allgood Cafe is on everyone’s list for brunch, but on Tuesday nights, we head down to Deep Ellum for the two-for-one entree special. We love the 12-ounce sirloin steak served with pomme frites ($15.99), or the huge skillet-grilled Gulf shrimp with peppers, onions, and jalapeños, served with wild rice pilaf. Take the normal price of the shrimp, $12.99, and put it in your 401(k).

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D Magazine - April 2007

The Best Chicken-Fried Steak in Dallas

AllGood Café strives to be a little pocket of Austin in the city of Dallas. The Deep Ellum restaurant regularly hosts local and regional musical talent, and posters for the acts line the walls. They make efforts to support local food purveyors, including The Mozzarella Company, Rudolph’s Market, Jimmy’s Food Store, and Empire Baking Company. The chicken-fried steak has been consistently good. They use well-tenderized tenderloin for the CFS, which also adds above-average flavor and a pleasant texture. Breading is thin and exceptionally crisp, often to the point of brittleness. Coupled with occasional mild loose-sockiness, that very crispiness can make it hard to keep everything together. But the breading tastes so good that it’s a flavorful, textural delight to sweep up loose bits of crust into a bite of mashed potatoes. Though there have been some modest bobbles in a couple of visits (e.g., slightly loose sock or too much greasiness), they’re the exception. Most of the time, AllGood Cafe’s chicken-fried steak is an unqualified pleasure.

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D Magazine - July 2003

Hot Spot

From the sounds of Lyle Lovett to its low-key ambience, AllGood makes you feel like you're in Austin. Owner Mike Snider has not only imported the Capital City's casual vibe to Deep Ellum, but he's also brought along live music, too. On any given weekend, kick back with a plate of hot King Ranch casserole and a cool longneck while popular bands such as Lucky Pierres and Warren Hood and the Blue Light Special put you in a Lone Star state of mind. AllGood Cafe is comforting and easygoing, especially for weekend breakfasts. As the cafe's motto sums it up: "Make love, not money." How very Austin. 2934 Main St. 214-742-5362. —T.J.

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AllGood Cafe - Profile

This hip Austin-esque joint in Deep Ellum serves breakfast and lunch to musicians, art folks, and businessmen. It’s the perfect place for early birds or night owls. Migas and huevos rancheros headline breakfast; a stellar chicken-fried steak is served at lunch. Owner Mike Snider recently updated the menu, which now includes Santa Fe-style dishes such as chicken enchiladas suisas, green chile pork-stuffed sopapillas, and chipotle shrimp. Frito pie is a must-try.

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D Magazine - 2001

AllGood Cafe - Profile

“It’s like going to Austin without having to go to Waco,” brags Deep Ellum’s laid-back, home-cooking spot. Breakfast and blue plate specials are the fare—hangover-curing egg sandwiches with shaved ham and Tabasco mayo on Texas toast and King Ranch chicken casserole are your best bets. 2934 Main St., Downtown/Deep Ellum. 214-742-5362. $.