Chef Tim Love is known as much for his freewheeling personality as his signature urban western cuisine. As chef/owner of beloved Texas restaurants, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Love Shack and Queenie's Steakhouse, as well as the White Elephant Saloon, his inspired and innovative dishes have earned critical and popular acclaim.

Love opened his flagship restaurant, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, in the historicFort Worth Stockyards district in 2000, earning four stars from The Dallas Morning News, who noted the restaurant’s “intelligently conceived food executed with topnotch technique….Lonesome Dove is confidently turning out a worldly cuisine that could come from nowhere else.” Love expanded his presence in the Stockyards in 2002 when he bought legendary bar, the White Elephant Saloon, and then again in 2007, with the opening of a classic burger joint called Love Shack.

2012 saw Love’s revolutionary exploration of the potential of wood as a flavoring agent beyond its conventional use as a fuel source with the opening of Woodshed Smokehouse. His homage to all things grilled, roasted, braised and slow-cooked, featuring a rotating selection of beef, pork, wild game and vegetables, Woodshed Smokehouse showcases a variety of woods as a dynamic means to flavoring food, from creating braising liquids from soaking woodchips to smoking ice for signature cocktails. Woodshed Smokehouse was named one of Bon Appétit’s “50 Best New Restaurants” in 2012. In 2013, Love returned to his hometown of Denton, Texas, to open Queenie’s Steakhouse, a contemporary take on the classic American steakhouse.

Love is a passionate advocate of his home state and has become a de facto ambassador for Texas. He is also a national spokesperson for Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and created the Chef Tim Love Collection with Sur La Table, an extensive range of outdoor cooking tools and products. As a committed philanthropist, Love is devoted to charities including Spoons Across America and Burgers 4 Babies, an annual tasting event featuring the country’s top chefs that Love founded in 2010 in support of Fort Worth's NICU Helping Hands Foundation. A loyal sports fan, Love partnered with national foodservice leader Sodexo to become the sole food service provider at TCU’s 45,000-seat stadium in Fort Worth.

His playful, crowd-pleasing cooking demos have been described by The New York Times as “one of the best…Mr. Love seemed to effortlessly find a balance between passing on knowledge and entertaining us.” Love is a frequent guest at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and South Beach Wine & Food Festival, a co-founder of Austin FOOD & WINE and “official chef “of Austin City Limits music festival. Love has appeared on countless television shows, including Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, NBC’s TODAY Show and ABC’s Good Morning America. In addition, he has been featured in an array of local and national publications such as The New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, People and Food Network Magazine.

To feature Chef Love and his award winning cuisine at your institution, trade show, banquets, or various other engagements, please contact: Briannon Griffin, 817-624-9712.

Since he opened the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in 2000, Chef Love has appeared in many of the world's premiere publications such as New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, USA Today, and every pretty much every media outlet in his home state of Texas. 

Browse Chef Love's latest press coverage below: 

Thrillist -- 07/01/2014

CNBC -- 06/01/2014

MAXIM ONLINE -- 05/30/2014

Thrillist -- 05/29/2014

Star Telegram INDULGE -- 05/07/2014

Chef Love is known for his sophisticated interpretations of U.S. western cuisine. "Urban Western" as Tim likes to call it, blends cuts of wild game, poultry, fish, and steak, with the unique flavors, indigenous ingredients and diverse influences from cultures across the Southwest. With his dishes encompassing flavors as big as Texas , Chef Love is being lauded as one of the South's premiere chefs & restaurateurs.


When not in his kitchens, Chef Love can be found in select cities across the World. Check back here often to stay on top of his itenerary!

Opened in 2000, The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, located in Fort Worth's Historic Stockyards District, has quickly become the city's premiere dining establishment.

Chef/Owner Tim Love has designed a menu influenced by all of the ingredients and cultures that have been a part of the West since the first adventure began on the Goodnight-Loving and Chisholm Trails -- with an added level of modern sophistication.

Items on the Lonesome Dove Bistro menu range from an inventive selection of steaks and seafood to dishes such as Wagyu Tomahawk, Kangaroo Carpaccio, Rocky Mountain Elk Ribeye, Wild Boar, and Rabbit & Rattlesnake.

The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro has received numerous awards and acclaim from the likes of Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Zagat Survey, Southern Living, Esquire, The New York Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram & The Dallas Morning News.

Let the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro take care of your  private dining arrangements.  We are able to accommodate groups from 1 - 400 and have hosted events for many of Dallas / Fort Worth's Fortune 100 & 500 companies, wedding receptions, graduation parties, and even charity fundraising galas.

The Menu: To ensure proper and prompt service, a pre-set menu is required for all private parties.

Dinner Menus | Buffet Menus | Cocktail Menus | Lunch Menus

Your menu selection should be submitted two weeks prior to the scheduled event. The Lonesome Dove is always willing to accommodate dietary restrictions.

Beverage and Bar Set Up:  All beverages are priced per consumption. We recommend that you make wine selections in advance to ensure availability for your entire party.

For rates & availability, contact Elizabeth McClure at 817-740-8810.


Tuesday thru Saturday:
11:30am - 2:30pm


Monday thru Thursday:
5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday:
5:00pm - 11:00pm


Located in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro is located at 2406 N. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76164.

We are on the corner of Exchange Ave & Main St., just north of Downtown Fort Worth.

115 E. Hickory
Denton, Texas 76201
(940) 442-6834

Queenie’s is a contemporary take on the classic American steakhouse, located in Denton, Texas. Named as a homage to chef/owner Tim Love's mother, Queenie’s provides a fine dining experience emphasizing excellent service and expertly executed dishes. The menu showcases innovative twists on traditional steakhouse fare and features Texas-raised beef.


Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm


Wednesday & Thursday:
4:30pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday:
4:30pm - 11:00pm


Located just off the Denton County courthouse square, Queenie's Steakhouse is located at 115 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201.

3201 Riverfront Dr
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 877-4545

The Woodshed Smokehouse is chef Tim Love's homage to all things grilled, roasted, and slow-cooked, featuring an ever rotating selection of beef, chicken, pork, wild game, fish, and vegetables, all cooked over a variety of woods and fire sources.

Located on the bank of Fort Worth's Trinity River, the 14,000 square foot, open-air venue has something for everyone, a selection of tacos, including a daily meat roasted on a spit, traditional 'cue,  a number of large-format, family friendly dishes and meals, including a 16-hour Smoked Beef Shin, Open-fire Paella with Mussels, Clams, Rabbit-Rattlesnake Sausage, and Chicken as well as as a variety of vegetable dishes, such as a Whole Smoked Cauliflower Head and Local Acorn Squash.

The Woodshed features 25 craft beers on tap, a wide assortment of the finest liqours, and some of Texas' first wines on tap.

With three smokers, two rotisseries, two wood grills, and a rotating variety of 4-5 woods on which to cook, The Woodshed is Fort Worth's newest dining destination. However, it's much more than just a smokehouse. With its location on the bank of the Trinity River, The Woodshed is quickly becoming a community meeting place, with a working garden, live music, backyard games, bicycle rentals, gourmet coffee and freshly baked pastries everyday.

With seating for over 500, let the Woodshed Smokehouse host your next Fort Worth event.

With riverside views that are picturesque and Chef Love's menu that has dining guests going wild, this new & unique restaurant is sure to please any large group!

For rates & availability, contact Julia Tighe at 817-624-9712.


Monday thru Friday:
10:00am - 11:00am

Saturday & Sunday:
8:00am - 11:00am


Sunday thru Thursday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday:
11:00am - 11:00pm


Located along the beautiful Trinity Trails on the banks of the Trinity River, the Woodshed Smokehouse is located at 3201 Riverfront Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107.

We are at the University Dr exit off I-30, across from the Fort Worth Zoo and Colonial Country Club.

Chef Tim Love's Classic Burger joint, the Love Shack is a one of a kind dining experience for families of all ages. Since his first Love Shack location opened in the Stockyards National Historic District, Chef Love's gourmet hamburger more affectionately known as the "Dirty Love Burger", is garnering rave reviews from media outlets across the culinary spectrum.

The Love Shack serves made-to-order burgers, hot dogs, nachos, hand-cut fries and onion rings, root beer on tap, hand squeezed lemonade, and a full beer & wine menu. With live music during lunch & dinner 7 days a week, cold water misters for the hot Texas Summers, the Love Shack is definitely the coolest hot spot in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The signature dish, The Dirty Love Burger has been lauded by critics as a "Burger" that is one of the best in America.

Private Dining is available at the Love Shack!

Let the Love Shack do all the "dirty" work for your next birthday party or corporate function. We can accomodate up to 250 guests at each location as well as the ability to customize a menu for any budget. 

Looking for a fun & out of the ordinary event, look no further! 

For rates & availability, contact Julia Tighe at 817-740-8810.


Sunday thru Wednesday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am


Love Shack - Stockyards
110 E. Exchange
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
(817) 740-8812 - To-Go Orders Accepted!


Located in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, just north of Downtown Fort Worth.

One of Esquire Magazine's 100 Best Bars in America, venture into the White Elephant Saloon and you will have sworn you have stepped back into the Wild West.  With a full service bar, live music seven nights a week, pool tables, shuffleboard, and a brand new private room with full-service bar and food options from Chef Tim Love, the White Elephant is keeping alive its long tradition as one of Fort Worth's favorite honkytonks.

Fort Worth's most historic saloon & dancehall is located on Exchange Ave. across from the Stockyards Hotel in the heart of the Stockyards National Historic District. Featuring Live Music 7 days a week, the White Elephant Stage has played host to legends such as Leon Russell, Don Williams, Billy Joe Shaver, Roy Clark, Red Steagall & Charlie Daniels to a whole new generation of Texas country music stars.

Private Party Rooms are available at the White Elephant!

Looking for a fun & out of the ordinary event, look no further! 

For rates & availability, contact Julia Tighe at 817-740-8810.


Sunday thru Thursday:
12:00pm - 12:00am

Friday & Saturday:
12:00pm - 2:00am


Located in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, the White Elephant Saloon is located at 106 E. Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164.We are on the corner of Exchange Ave & Main St., just north of Downtown Fort Worth.

When Chef Love isn't spending time with his three children, overseeing his successful Fort Worth businesses or cooking behind the line at his kitchens, he is overseeing private dining events at his Lonesome Dove Western Bistro & his newest endeavor, TLC Catering.

Having put on thousands of successful events since 1999, Chef Love and his staff are now venturing out on the trail.

TLC Catering, with coordination overseen by Chef Love & his culinary staff, your guest's dining needs will be met with professional excellence and with attention to detail that is second to none.

Check out the TLC Website for more details. Or:

Call us for a consultation: Julia Tighe Chef Love's Catering Concierge 817.925.9585


Chef Love is quite active in the spread of food and nutritional education to children across America. Starting a partnership with Spoons Across America in 2004, Chef Love has spent countless hours in classrooms across the country helping children learn healthy food & snack choices & fun guidelines to remember for a healthy future.

For more info on Spoons Across America, click here.

Chef Tim Love hosts his Burgers 4 Babies fundraiser charity event to raise money for Fort Worth’s NICU Helping Hands Foundation, whose goal is to develop hospital and community-based projects that provide education and support to families of premature infants.

“This event is extremely near and dear to me,” says Love. “My daughters were born prematurely, and thanks to the amazing staff in the NICU, these beautiful girls are here today. An event like this combines a great cause with outstanding food from some of the country’s most amazing chefs. I’m honored and touched that they’re all going to be here to help raise money for such an important issue.”

For more info on NICU Helping Hands, click here.

Over the course of his career, Chef Love has had the opportunity to cook for & become friends with thousands of people across the world.

Be sure and check out their websites & tell them Chef Tim Love said hello!

Culinary Links

Food & Wine Magazine  |  Eater  |
Austin Food & Wine Festival  |  Food & Wine Classic
Top Chef Masters  |  Iron Chef America

Retail Partners

Hellman's  | 

Fort Worth Links

Historic Stockyards  |  Trinity River Vision Authority
7th St   |  |  Eats Beat
Fort Worth, Texas Magazine  |  Star-Telegram
360 West Magazine  |  Eat This Fort Worth

Music Links

Austin City Limits  |  C3 Presents  |  Lollapalooza
Kings of Leon  |  The Jonas Brothers  |  Brad Hines
Jack Ingram  |  Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros
Pat Green  |  Stoney LaRue  |  Ronny Spears
Scott Copeland  |  Big Mike Richardson