FORT GREENE — This new restaurant is turning up the heat in Fort Greene.
Mexican-inspired eatery and bar Hoja Santa recently opened in the former Abistro space on the corner of Vanderbilt and DeKalb Avenues and the owners are hoping their extra spicy margaritas will lure the neighbors to their newly renovated space.
"We have fantastic margaritas," said owner Denise Culver. "Our spicy margaritas are made with tanteo jalapeño tequila, jalapeño puree, and house made margarita mix."
Margaritas aren't the restaurant's only specialty. Culver also mentioned their lamb sope with black bean hummus and jicama slaw, and the fried chicken tacos made with collard greens and mac n' cheese.
Hoja Santa also has more classic dishes like carnitas, steak and al pastor taco platters.
The new restaurant is the only Mexican joint on the bustling DeKalb Avenue restaurant strip.
"The location was strategic; we knew the neighborhood needed a Mexican restaurant," Culver, who grew up in Bay Ridge, said. "Plus we are all super in love with Mexican culture and food."
Hoja Santa is located at 250 DeKalb Ave. in Fort Greene.