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Jul 27, 2009 02:06 AM

fort worth: the LOVE SHACK

the love burger is one of those perfect burgers. it's not just the meat or the love sauce or any one thing, it's the perfect combination of how everything goes together. it's awesome and you can't beat the setting either.

here are a few pics:

the ambiance shot:

the lovely love burger:

such a cool space, it's all outdoors along the sides and the front of the lot.
nice very creative use of what i take was an empty mid-block lot:

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  1. your eating itinerary! DFW really has good places where you don't have to spend a fortune. Did you ever get your aerial pictures of the city?

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    1. re: jindomommy

      i did not get up in reunion, i didnt really have time, but i wandered around a lot and got a lot of pics.

      fyi if you want to follow along i am gradually putting up dfw neighborhood photos here:

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        1. I tried the location on 7th today, and thought the food was really great. Everything I'd read here about the incredible finish on the burgers was true.

          I was concerned about the love sauce because someone said it reminded her of yellow curry--I got it on the side. It was fine. I dipped my onion rings in it--maybe I'll put some on the burger next time ;)

          There was also a report that the onion rings were greasy--mine were not, they were perfectly drained and quite good. Onion rings seem to frequently slip out of their breading, but that didn't happen with these smaller ones. Pretty darn perfect onion rings.

          There were a couple flies around, but it is an open-air place ... it was a little warm on a hundred-degree day. What can I say, I like my A/C ...

          I wished I'd had more room, so I could've tried one of the shakes ...

          Oh, and I wasn't expecting the chef ;)

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          1. re: foiegras

            It's all about the dirty love burger. I just wish he would have opened up that Dallas location that was promised.

            1. re: irodguy

              The way places are folding in Victory Park, Tim Love is probably seriously reconsidering the idea. If he does move there, I hope those love burgers don't have a victory price hike.

              1. re: DFDubster

                There are now bad burgers being sold in Victory park in the form of the newly opened Hard Rock (did it open yet, was scheduled for this past weekend and I was outa town) and they are marked down to the low, low price of $14.75 each.


                I welcome a Love Shack anywhere in Dallas.

          2. Thanks foiegras for the head's up on a new location. Looks like same menu with new items, including a Sunday brunch. I'll be looking forward to trying it out -


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            1. re: CocoaNut

              You're welcome & thanks for the link. I didn't see all of that on the menu--no lobster roll that I recall. Or figs ...

              Let me tell you where it is because it's a little difficult to find. Across 7th from Montgomery Plaza, take Matisse all the way back. You'll see the umbrellas on the patio. Turn the corner & park ...

              I guess I was too chicken to try the Dirty Love Burger ... I like experimental food, but somehow an egg on my burger ... I dunno. It's kinda like, so one American flag--wanna fried egg on that?!

              1. re: foiegras

                Thank YOU for the directions. I had planned to just call them I looked at Mapquest, Yahoo and Google and none of them could locate it. One of them took me to the Dallas Matisse St. I know that whole area is being revamped. I guess they're putting in new streets.

                1. re: CocoaNut

                  Yeah, it's part of a new development that looks to be mostly condos. I guess they have a new arts district street naming theme? ;)

                  So I had to take my slipcovers to the cleaners, Love Shack is just a few blocks away, and I could hear it calling my name ... so I went back. Same burger, tried the strawberry shake (truly fabulous) and the chili-parmesan chips (which I can def live without). The chili, lots of it, is on the chips, and freshly grated Parmesan is sprinkled on top of the pile. The onion rings are way better. I hope I'm not going to end up in a 12-step program ...

                  I think Dutch's burgers are too big and not as good, and Kincaid's ... sadly, they are not in the game. I would love nothing more than to say they are, but Texas Monthly is right.

                  Oh, PS, the chef was there tonight, which cracked me up! But not in the kitchen ... on his cell phone, and apparently there with his kids.

              2. re: CocoaNut

                I wasn't a fan of the burgers in the original location; seemed oversmall, overpricey, and not terribly good. The ones at the new location made me a believer. The wife thinks Dutch's/Kincaids have superior burgers, but she'll go in order to get their onion rings.