Fun cocktails and delicious burgers at El Sapo Austin
East Austin just keeps getting more and more yummy restaurants, it seems like a new one opens up every few weeks. Manor road is jam packed with great restaurants, like Salty Sow, El Chile, East Side Cafe, Haymaker, Thunderbird Coffee, School House Pub–you get the idea. Recently, Flat Top Burger Shop closed down, and El Chile, who sits across the street, decided to capitalize and buy the place out. They opened El Sapo back in March, and ever since then I had been wanting to try it out.
They have a small but fun menu, serving up Mexican botanas or appetizer type plates, think Chile con Queso Fries (fries topped with creamy queso, meaty chile con carne and fire roasted jalapeños), and burgers. Their burgers range from straight up normal burgers, to more fun mexican inspired options like the El San Antonio–a beef burger with tostadas, refried black beans, fire roasted jalapeños, jack cheese, pico, lettuce, guacamole, and crema (ay dios mio)!
I started off with their maracuya margarita, a refreshing margarita served with maracuya (passion fruit) juice. They have some fun cocktails, so I decided to try the Diablito as well, a flaming red drink made with pineapple and habanero infused reposado tequila, chamoy, cointreau, chile mango horns (cute), and a cherry at the bottom. They also have a great selection of Mexican beers, and craft beers on draft.
For dinner, Andrew asked the waiter what the most popular burger is, and he said the El Azul, a burger topped with apple-wood smoked bacon, tangy bleu cheese crumbles, onion rings, and chino wing sauce!
I went with the Cochinita burger, I’m a huge fan of cochinita pibil, and this burger was great topped with the fried burgers and mustard.
Everything was delicious, and if we weren’t so full I would’ve wanted to see what their banana split dessert tastes like, or maybe one of their shakes. To take a peek at the menu and look at their hours, make sure to check out their website here.
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