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El Sapo Botanas y Burgers is the new Tex-Mex burger joint from Carlos Rivero’s El Chile Restaurant Group. The company has had control of the former gas station and automobile shop for several years, and they’ve developed just the right concept for the unique triangular spot on Manor Road’s busy restaurant row.

The former garage bays now house the dining room and bar where guests can relax in air-conditioned comfort. The cantina boasts an appealing selection of Texas craft brews and ciders on tap, complemented by burger-friendly Texas wines and a roster of spicy signature cocktails featuring Texas distilled spirits, tequila, or mezcal.

Appetizers include house-made tostadas and salsas, chile con queso, guacamole, or various renderings of fries and onion rings accompanied by homemade, chile-inflected condiments. Huge Angus beef burgers and gigantic, all-beef hot dogs can be dressed with fire-roasted jalapeños, queso, chile con carne, guacamole, pico de gallo, and Mexican cheeses.

Don’t expect El Sapo to stop with regular beef burgers either. There are plates with burgers made with chicken, fish, pork, lamb, and shrimp .The shakes and ice cream sundaes are made with hand-dipped Blue Bell and enhanced with Aztec chocolate sauce, cajeta caramel, strawberry chamoy preserves, and chile-glazed pecans.

“I never knew I wanted a Tex-Mex burger until I had one,” says The Chronicle’s Virginia Wood.

People discover new cravings every day. Savor El Sapo and Taste Texas.