Kie-Gol-Lanee | Uptown | Mexican/Southwestern | Restaurant
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Danielle A. Scruggs

BYOB Mexican restaurant specializing in the cuisine of Oaxaca.

Our Review

Oaxacan food isn't the most well-represented subset of the vast regional Mexican canon that we have in Chicago, but we've had it both on the high and low end, from the mole dishes of the peripatetic Geno Bahena to the soft banana-leaf tamales at the Maxwell Street Market. Among the handful of established restaurants that do serve the great food of the mountainous southwestern Mexican state, few go at it full-bore. That's odd, because the region—drawing upon abundant and varied produce and literally ancient history—is arguably Mexico's most revered. So when a wholly Oaxacan restaurant opens its doors, it's best to pay attention. The folks behind Kie-Gol-Lanee took over the space once inhabited by the late Riques Cocina Mexicana in Uptown, amid the abundance of pho joints and Vietnamese groceries. Led by chef Reynel Mendoza, they're a group who found work cooking at the Andersonville Italian restaurant Anteprima after emigrating from the tiny mountain town of Santa María Quiegolani, the latter word being the Spanish translation of Kie-Go-Lanee, which means "old stone" in Zapotec, the majority language of the village. Read the full review >>

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