All Good Cafe

From the fluffy, lighter-than-air buttermilk pancakes and peppered bacon to the chicken fried steak and migas, it’s all good at the All Good Café. With locally sourced ingredients (thank you, Dallas Farmer’s Market) and a funky, vintage-inspired interior to boot, this Deep Ellum gem is a one-of-a-kind Dallas brunch spot.

All Good CafeWalking into All Good Café, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you are actually having brunch in Austin, Texas. From the thousands of origami cranes hanging from the ceiling to the vintage “found art” objects scattered throughout the restaurant, All Good Café has a style all its own. The ceiling and walls are plastered with vintage music posters, and a small stage along one wall hosts performances on the weekends.

Bottomless cups of coffee are delivered in one-of-a-kind vintage mugs straight from your parent’s house or a garage sale. Enjoy your fresh cup of Joe in a mug like “World’s Top Dad” or “Number One Grandpa”. You can even bring in your own mug and leave it to join the rotation.

The pancakes are large, fluffy and easily the size of your face. The Mega Egg sandwich on sourdough, with cheese, spicy mayo, avocado and ham (they will also sub turkey) is a hangover cure that will leave you full and happy for the rest of the day.

Other popular dishes include the South Austin Migas and huevos rancheros, served sunny-side up with ranchero sauce. On Saturdays and Sundays, diners enjoy $2.50 mimosas.

If there’s one thing you have to order, it’s the pepper-crusted bacon. Whether it’s a side with your short stack or the B.LT. sandwich (we recommend adding the avocado for the extra buck), All Good devotees rave that it’s the best thing on the menu. With a deep smoky flavor and perfect balance between crispy and meaty, it’s no surprise that All Good’s bacon landed the diner a spot on the “Bacon Paradise” episode of the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” show.

And it’s not just the Travel Channel that’s raving about the bacon. D Magazine selected All Good’s bacon as one of its “Best Breakfast Side Dishes”. In 2010, Dallas Observer bestowed the honors of “Best Chicken Fried Steak” and “Best Use of Cheese” on the diner.

D Magazine also named All Good Cafe one of the “20 Best Places to Eat Breakfast”. The breakfast platters are huge and the sandwiches come with a side of tortilla chips. If you’ve visited Austin, a trip to All Good Café is just like eating brunch at Kirby Lane – without the long drive through Waco.

While All Good Café is most famous for its weekend brunches, the diner also serves a tasty weekday dinner. We recommend the 12-ounce hand-cut sirloin steak with pomme frites ($15.99) and the skillet-grilled spicy BBQ Texas Gulf shrimp (half a pound for $12.99, a full pound for $19.99). If you still have room, finish your meal off with a slice of their famous homemade pies, served a la mode with a slice of Blue Bell Homemade ice cream.

Every Tuesday evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm enjoy “Two Fer Tuesdays”; buy two entrees and get the less expensive one free. D Magazine listed it as one of the city’s “Best Half-Off Deals.” On “Chez When” Wednesdays, enjoy half-off all bottled wine with a dinner entrée purchase.

Depending on the day of the week, a visit to All Good Café on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night may also land you front and center at one of the best live music shows in Dallas. Featuring local bands playing blues, country, rock, you can enjoy the best of the Lonestar state up close and personal. Doors open at 5:00pm; shows start at 9:00pm. Tickets range from $5 to $15 at the door.

Deke Dickerson 042508 (80)All Good Café does not take reservations, so arrive early on the weekends to avoid the wait. Or put your name in on the list and stroll through the streets of Deep Ellum and work up an appetite waiting for your table.

While the servers may look like struggling artists just waiting for their big break, the service is still solid with a friendly, authentic feel. Things can get a bit backed up on the weekends, but that’s par for the course at a diner with big crowds. You’ll still get your coffee with a smile.

The kitchen is open from 9:00am to 2:00pm on Sunday and Monday, and from 9:00am to 9:00pm Tuesday to Saturday. All Good Café is located at 2934 Main Street in the heart of Deep Ellum.