#62 Dirty Love Burger, Love Shack, Fort Worth, Texas

For anyone unacquainted with Tim Love, he’s the bigger-than-life, straight-shooting, game-cooking, festival-circuit chef whose demos you don’t want to miss — he’s been known do tequila shots with the crowd barely past lunchtime. Love does fine dining, but Love Shack is where he exhibits playfulness. Normally, when a menu includes “love” as an ingredient, the appropriate response is an eye roll. That said, given the chef’s name, you have to allow for an exception here. The menu is full of jokes and puns: Consider the Amore Caliente (hot love) burger and the section called “Love on the Side.” But there’s serious flavor here, too. The way to go is the Dirty Love Burger: lettuce, tomato, pickles, “Love Sauce,” Love Burger: lettuce, tomato, pickles, “Love Sauce,” American cheese, bacon, and a fried quail egg. The patty is on a fresh bun with an excellent cheese-to-meat ratio. The perfect burger? No. Needs more sauce, a touch more seasoning, and it could stand to be juicier. But these are the finer points of burger debate. You’re still going to want to go back for bite after bite

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