Ever since she shut down Ciudad and headed for the hills, Dallas has been anxiously awaiting her return. She’s the reigning queen of Tex-Mex and one of the most beloved personalities the city has ever known. As charming as she is beautiful and gracious, it’s her passion for feeding people and making them smile that has made Monica Greene a beloved character in these parts.
Well, three weeks ago she celebrated her triumphant return to North Texas with the grand opening of her latest concept, bee, billed as the world’s first enchiladeria and clever acronym for Best Enchiladas Ever. And we tend to agree.
After just one visit, we were completely hooked. Utilizing the freshest ingredients available, Monica and her staff assemble enchiladas right before your eyes. Think Chipotle, but with dainty enchiladas instead of burritos as big as your head (though she offers those, too).
Upon entering, grab an order form and get ready to create your own Mona Lisa (or should that be the Mole Lisa?). Start with your tortilla preference: corn, blue corn, wheat or flour. Stuff it with one of six fillings, including Pork Carnitas, Beef Picadillo or Spinach & Mushroom.
Then comes the hard part. With over ten delectable sauce choices, deciding which you’re craving becomes an exercise in pure concentration. We recommend the Queso Blanco (the same recipe made famous at her Deep Ellum Aca y Alla restaurant), the Chipotle Crema or the supremely spicy Beeware Salsa. Then throw on some Cheddar, Jack, Oaxaca or Queso Fresco and fresh toppings like Cilantro, Lettuce, Tomato and Red or White Onion. Now that’s an enchilada for the scrapbook.
The possibilities are practically endless, which can be overwhelming. So if you’re worried about creating your own award-winning combination, opt instead for one of the pre-set options like the famous Ciudad. Chicken Tinga is stuffed inside a chili-flavored corn tortilla and topped with Chipotle Crema. Or savor the divine Shrimp Diablo, featuring Sautéed Shrimp and topped with the same Chipotle Crema.
Enchiladas are a little pricey at $4.99 apiece with no sides, but at $7.99 for two, the value is much, much better. (Specialty enchiladas are $6.99 each). Enchiladas are the calling card, but they’ve also got $1.99 tacos, $5.99 burritos and salads, and sides like beans and rice at a mere buck-sixty-nine.
We say skip the frijoles and arroz and instead double up on the Queso Blanco and Chips ($4.99). We dare say the version here is even better than down in Deep Ellum. The Grande Guacamole for $4.99 is pretty damned good, too.
So head out to Monica’s newest hot-spot for the tastiest Mexican Revolution ever. And remember where you were so you can tell your grandkids the tasty tales of the first enchiladeria. Because much like Monica Greene herself, it’s destined to be the stuff of legend.
202 West Davis, Dallas