Restaurant talk: Bee opens today

The new “enchiladería” from Monica Greene opens on West Davis near Zang today. We got a preview of the fast casual concept Monday night. The name Bee: Best Enchiladas Ever has caused a little controversy around the neighborhood. “What is it? World’s best enchildadas?” a friend said last night. “We’ll see.”

But Bee spokeswoman Cynthia Smoot explained the name last night: “The reason they’re the best enchiladas ever is because you get to create them yourself”.

Aha! When you walk in, there is a station where you fill out a menu card. If you’ve ever been to Which Which, it’s like that.

Check the boxes to choose your meat, tortilla, cheese and sauce. Check out the menu to see the selections.

Hand the card to the cashier and pay. Then watch the cooks put your meal together.

At the end of the line, you can choose toppings for your enchiladas: onions, cilantro, tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, carrots, zucchini and corn.

We ordered one brisket enchilada with blue corn tortilla, queso fresco and chipotle cream sauce. And we ordered a shredded pork enchilada with corn tortilla, queso fresco and mole.

They are huge and filled with lots of meat. At $4.99 for one or $7.99 for two, it is a lot of food. And you definitely could make a healthier choice: chicken enchilada with ranchera sauce and no cheese, for example. But the mole is excellent, especially considering this is fast food. Next time, I’m having a chicken enchilada with mole.

We ordered a couple of extras too.

I’ll skip the rice ($1.59) next time. But the chips with a smoky salsa ($1.99) were worth it. This is Monica Greene’s first Oak Cliff restaurant, and she hopes the concept will spin off into franchises like Freebird’s. We met her for the first time last night, and we wish her all the best.


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  • Stephen

    I went on Wednesday evening and I thoroughly enjoyed the food and margaritas we got. I think the system needs some tweaking. The card you fill out is hard to read and decipher while you’re coming up to the register and I saw several people miss sections and have to be asked if they wanted some of the options they missed. They ask you at the end if you want some condiments and it’s hard to communicate with them because the glass wall is too high. I think I would rather go through the line talking to them and asking for all the choices cafeteria style and then pay at the end. The line was backed up for a while and they kept giving people tastes of things at the end that were blocking the customer flow. I will go back on a slower night, because I did like the food.

  • DG

    Went on wed. for lunch, glad to see they were busy, but probably the worst food I’ve had in a long time. Ate about 1/4 and just couldn’t stomach anymore. The chips and salsa were fantastic.

    Long lines and the prep system they have isn’t working yet. I don’t mind the wait or the confusion, but it’s got to be worth it in the end. They need some major tweaks to the menu & processes before I go back.