If you’ve been to Deep Ellum over the past 20 years, there is a strong chance that you have dined at AllGood Cafe! And there is also a pretty good chance that you’ve been several times to enjoy their beloved breakfast menu, chicken-fried steak, or a night of live music. This month, AllGood Cafe is celebrating 21 years of business and they have had an amazing lineup of anniversary shows featuring The New Bohemians, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bill Kirchen, and more.
The owner of AllGood Cafe, Mike Snider, first began frequenting in Deep Ellum in the mid-1980s and spent much of his time helping cater for his friends Brian Hennington, of Deep Ellum Cafe, and Jack Chaplin, of Daddy Jack’s Wood Grill. In 1994, Mike Snider launched “mike snider presents,” his music booking enterprise, with a show on January 14th at Sons of Hermann Hall. Mike used his passion for music to bring Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Rockabilly, Folk, Texas singer/songwriters, Zydeco, Punk Bluegrass, Americana, and more to the stages of Deep Ellum, before opening AllGood Cafe in the summer of 2000, where he continues to book and support local and national talent.
Since its opening, AllGood Cafe has been a bedrock of simple and delicious fare in the neighborhood and is still serving many of the items found on the original menu, such as the grilled cheese with roasted green chiles and chicken fried steak. Mike said it best, “AllGood Cafe is just my reflection of everything I love: food, music, people, fun, and this neighborhood. It has always been the one that has drawn me.”
Pay homage to Deep Ellum’s ‘funky little cafe with soul’ this weekend and be sure to wish them a happy anniversary!