Dallas Observer - August 2015

AllGood Cafe Has Nurtured a Family of Musicians, Thanks To Owner Mike Snider

AllGood Cafe isn’t just a restaurant with badass country fried steak and bacon to die for. Thanks to owner Mike Snider, its employees are a close-knit family of artists. Snider, has become a father figure to those who work for him, using his business to help nurture their art for the past decade and a half. And, as it turns out, that dedication to the arts has made for a successful business model.

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Dallas Observer - January 2014

The Nine Best BLTs of Dallas

Best BLTs of Dallas

AllGood's version won an Observer Best of Award back in ye olde 2001. It comes with peppered bacon, which gives it a noticeable twist (it marries perfectly with All Good's bright green chips and salsa) and an herb mayo. It's always good.

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Dallas Observer - July 2012

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 54: CFS At All Good Cafe

100 Favorite Dishes

All Good Cafe's Chicken-Fried Steak made last year's 100 Favorites list, and they're going to make it this year as well. I'd only been in Dallas a few days and was eating like a madman trying to get a pulse on Dallas' dining scene. I'd never had CFS before. That's right, I'll admit it. All Good Cafe's CFS was the first CFS I've ever eaten.

Since then I've tried other versions and always been underwhelmed. Either the breading doesn't stay put, or the gravy is pale and boring, or (and I realize we're talking about CFS, here) the dish is so greasy and heavy it leaves me feeling guilty after I lick the plate clean. Is All Good's the world's best CFS, as the menu claims? Probably not, but it's good enough to by my favorite until another version shows me otherwise.

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Dallas Observer - January 2012

Dallas' Six Best Half-Price Happy Hours

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On Tuesday evenings at our favorite Deep Ellum cafe, you can order two entrées and only pay for the more expensive one. Chicken-fried steak followed up with some chicken-fried chicken for 12 bucks seems like a pretty decent deal.

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Dallas Observer - Best of Dallas 2011

Best Gig for Hungry Musicians

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Musicians, trust us on this. If you or your band can pull off a set that's even the least bit rootsy, folky or country, you owe yourself at least one show at the AllGood Cafe. Owner Mike Snider is a long-time supporter of Texas music, as the awesome collection of signed gig posters bedecking the place can attest, and he knows how to treat musicians right. That means not only a fair cut of the money from the door (as in, all of it) and a generous bar tab, but a meal as well. For everyone in the band. We're partial to the chicken-fried steak, which consistently pops up on best-of lists including this one, though the chicken nachos are great as well, and there are great options for non-carnivores too...

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Dallas Observer - Best of Dallas 2011

Best Hangover Cure

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Mike Snider's AllGood Cafe clearly has a thing for our state's capitol. The little placards announcing the upcoming dinnertime shows at the Deep Ellum mainstay proudly boast that a trip to the AllGood is like a trip to Austin, "without having to go through Waco," no offense to Waco, we guess. Fitting, then, that the best thing on the menu (yes, ahead of the chicken-fried steak, even) is the so-called "South Austin Migas."...

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Dallas Observer - Best of Dallas 2010

Best Chicken Fried Steak -

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In August, the AllGood Café celebrated 10 years of bringing its Deep Ellum regulars the Austin dining treatment, which, as the menus proudly proclaim, thankfully comes "without having to go through Waco!" But while we sure do enjoy the Austin vibe, the collection of concert posters that cover the walls and the adorable mass of origami birds that hang from the ceiling, there's a very specific reason why we keep returning to this Main Street mainstay: The chicken-fried steak is the best in town. For just 12 bucks, the AllGood offers you a cooked-to-perfection strip steak covered with just the right amount of batter—not so much that it's overwhelming and not so little that you barely notice that it's there—and then splatters a healthy portion of white gravy on top. Oh, and the best part? You also get two sides.

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Dallas Observer - Best of Dallas 2010

Best Use of Cheese

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Sure, people usually go to this Deep Ellum spot to chow down on the chicken-fried steak and jam out to some local music, but what about the grilled cheese? The magical concoction of cheddar and pepperjack cheeses, green chiles, roma tomatoes and chipotle mayonnaise served on sourdough bread should really receive some recognition. This ain't your momma's grilled cheese served with a can of tomato soup either, folks. AllGood serves the lunch-only dish with a side of Auntie Grace's coleslaw, tortilla chips and house salsa all for $6.99. Considering AllGood recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, we think they know what they're doing when it comes to pleasing patrons and their bellies.

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Dallas Observer - Best of Dallas 2005

Best Chicken Fried Steak

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We've never understood this state's passion for hunks of inferior beef pounded flat with a mallet, dipped in batter, tossed into a frying pan, then drenched in white gravy that resembles that gooey grade-school paste. Yes, we've tried it. No wonder it took Laura Bush so long to find a replacement White House chef; no classically trained culinary artist can bring themselves down to the prez's level. But AllGood Café breaks tradition by starting with decent tenderloin and deep-frying the cut in a vat of peanut oil. This creates a light, crisp, almost tempura-like crust. So light, in fact, that the beef actually stands out. Even better, they use a deft hand when seasoning the thing, so each bite reveals a balance of flavors. A drizzle of gravy completes the dish. It doesn't leave that "I've just guzzled a few pints of melted lard" feeling common to most chicken-fried steaks, so perhaps true Texans shun the dish. For the enlightened few with roots outside the state, the version prepared by AllGood is worth a drive into the heart of Deep Ellum.

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Dallas Observer - Best of Dallas 2001

Best BLT

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BLTs and grilled-cheese sandwiches are about neck and neck in the "hard to screw up" category, so it probably comes as no surprise that AllGood Cafe does both well. But, as they say, God is in the details. While we'd never equate black peppered bacon, red leaf lettuce and Roma tomatoes with holiness, those ingredients make AllGood's BLT as memorable as most other, more complicated sandwiches. And they're served with a pickle and cole slaw, to boot.

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