Opened in 2016, this Uptown Mexican eatery continues to gather accolades, including a spot on Eater’s 2023 “Essential Mexican Restaurants” List and four straight years, right up to the present, of Michelin Bib Gourmand awards. Kie-Gol-Lanee comes from the Zapotec dialect meaning “Piedra Antigua” (old stone). Its Spanish version “Quiegolani” is the name of a small village in Oaxaca, Mexico, where the restaurant’s culinary team is from—and we all know how spectacular Oaxacan food is. Siblings Maria and Reynel Mendoza and their spouses run this operation, whose mission is to preserve their family’s original recipes. Here, you will find such traditional favorites as tlayudas (a.k.a. Mexican pizza), ceviches, birria, and tamales oaxaqueños, just to name a few. Their selection of aguas frescas include the famous horchata and tamarindo, as well as a unique squash cooler called chilacayote. Diners know to leave room too for the flan and tres leches cake.