If this were a beauty pageant, we would’ve kindly thanked Tim Love’s Dirty Love burger for taking the time to participate, held the Exit door open and waved it goodbye. Clearly, on this day, the Dirty Love Burger woke up on the wrong side of the grill. Its top bun was wrinkly and mushy. You couldn’t even see the bacon; it was curled up underneath the cheddar cheese, whereas it usually protrudes wildly like Phil Spector’s hair. The whole thing just looked sloppy and unappetizing. On the other side of town, OC’s double-patty California Burger was sharply dressed in generous avocado slices, iceberg lettuce, fresh tomatoes, grilled buns and a slice of cheddar, all neatly stacked.
But this is a battle that comes down to taste, not looks, and the Love Burger’s thin patty of brisket and chuck reminded us why this burger is often cited as one of Fort Worth’s best: The meat was well-seasoned and well-cooked; the tiny patty had lots of juice, flavor and good pink color. OC’s double dose of Black Angus seemed like a worthy try. Heck, the patties were still sizzling when we took our first bites. But the majority of what we tasted was Thousand Island dressing. What little flavor we got from the meat (a little bit of smoke, a little bit of pepper), we liked; there just wasn’t enough of it. With Love’s burger, the tangy Love Sauce complemented the meat; at OC, the sauce overpowered it. As you know, looks ain’t everything.
The winner: Love Shack