Calling themselves the ‘world’s first enchiladeria’, Bee (aka Best Enchiladas Ever) opens it’s doors to the public today at 11am. Located in a space that has formerly housed The Quinn and Long John Silvers (202 West Davis Street, Dallas, TX 75208), well known Dallas restaurateur Monica Greene has completed an amazing redesign of the interior. The dark wood is nearly completely gone and in it’s place is a bright, open and comfortable space.
The concept could be called a cross between Which Wich and Chipotle. You order by checking a series of boxes on an order form, including filling (pork, chicken, ground beef, beef brisket, cheese, and a spinach & mushroom combo), tortilla (corn, blue corn, wheat, flour), cheese (oaxaca, cheddar, jack, and queso fresco), and finally sauce (there are 10 to pick from).
Once you fill in your form and pay at the register your card is passed to a super friendly employee who builds your custom made enchiladas while you watch. Deciding what you want on your enchilada will take longer than it will take the staff to make it. The service is REALLY fast – we’re guessing if you’ve just got 30 minutes for lunch this may be the only place in the Cliff that will keep you on schedule.
In our sneak preview we tried a spinach and mushroom on a blue corn tortilla with oaxaca cheese and an avocado verde sauce, a beef brisket on a corn tortilla with queso fresco and beeware salsa, and a pork carnitas on a blue corn tortilla with jack cheese and a chipotle crema sauce.
The spinach mushroom is a great choice if you’re a vegetarian or if you’re just looking for something a little lighter, but it’s still completely satisfying. The avocado verde has a nice spice to it.
The brisket was moist and flavorful, and the beeware salsa tasted wonderful. This enchilada would be a great hangover cure.
Finally, the pork carnitas was good, but the chipotle crema was outstanding. It really didn’t seem to matter what we had put that sauce on, it was going to be good.
Bee is open from 11am-10pm and also serves beer and a tasty frozen margarita. Judging from our first taste we’re betting that Monica has a real hit on her hands and Oak Cliff has another draw for food lovers from across town.