Restaurant talk: BEE enchiladeria

While driving through Oak Cliff, I saw the restaurant BEE. Which stands for Best Enchiladas Ever. I thought sarcastically, “Ya right…we’ll just see about that.”

The very next night, I took my little family with me for dinner. I have to admit that I was a little thrown off by the noticeably contrived décor with buzzing bees and a honeycomb mirror. This place sure made a mighty big claim, and I was ready to take ‘em down a few notches.

You complete your order on a scantron-y sheet before taking it to the cashier. Its basically a build your own enchilada restaurant. After you pay for your order, you wait for your name to be called. When your name is called, you tell the line cook what toppings you want on your enchilada. Then you sit and eat.  (sigh) Okay…I’m pretty lazy in general so this all seemed way too labor-intensive for me. Another X on my invisible scorecard.

I ordered one of their specials, the shrimp diablo; sautéed shrimp in a corn tortilla with chipotle crema. My second enchilada was pork carnitas in a corn tortilla with sour cream sauce. Both with my choice of toppings; tomato, onion, cilantro, shredded queso fresco, and lime.

BEE enchiladas

Here is where I eat my words, my stupid invisible scorecard, and an enchilada. I can honestly say that the shrimp diablo is the best enchilada I have ever eaten. Period. I went back three consecutive days for the same enchilada. The chipotle crema has the perfect kick and is mildly addicting. You were warned.

Owner and restaurateur, Monica Greene, greeted us at the door upon arrival. She also spent time at each table to ensure that everything was up to each customer’s standards. Is that service or what? Her goal is to give an alternative to taquerias and standard tex-mex favorites. She even went so far as to invent a word to describe her ingenious restaurant: enchiladeria. The enchiladeria offers gourmet food in a fast and casual setting.

BEE uses fresh and organic ingredients, and the taste is proof of it. Monica offers plenty of vegan options on her menu as well, including the sweet amarillo with mashed sweet potato and a sweet roasted yellow pepper sauce. One “made your way” enchilada is $4.99, or two for $7.99. Their “enchiladas especiales” are $8.99 each. Although each enchilada is large enough to be a meal in themselves, the menu shows various sides plus a house made guacamole.

Hands down, Best Enchilada Ever.


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  • Steven Rowe

    I loved the Ciudad Enchilada on the menu….. Reminded me of the good ole days at her restaurant Ciudad in Oaklawn… tasted just like the chicken enchilada’s she used to serve there. I’ve been back several times, the brisket tacos were excellent as well. I’m so hooked on them I tend to get the same thing over and over. I’m gonna try the Shrimp Diablo next time thanks to this article!! Monica has done a great job with this concept! Cheers!

  • Candace Tharp

    Great point, Stephen. I completely agree.

  • Stephen

    I really like the food, but the service concept still needs tweaking. When I’ve been there, there seems to be a log jam at the ordering counter and the area where you fill out the cards. Additionally, they’ve added some items that you can get (like fresh jalapeños and serranos) that require an upcharge. I would have had to go back and pay again to get them. Changing to a cafeteria style with pay at the end would go a long way towards rectifying these issues.