** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED **
Great Mexican food is where you find it, but sometimes it is found a bit farther north than you would expect. A case in point is La Comida, located up in Cody, Wyoming. Cody is one of the two gateway cities to the wonders of the huge mountain juncture located in the northwestern section of Wyoming (Jackson is the other). Within this juncture are contained Yellowstone Park, Grand Teton Park, the Shoshone National Forest, and the Targhee National Forest. Cody sits at the foot of the Absaroka Mountains, one of several ranges, which intersect in this area and make it so unique.
The food at La Comida is good, and the portions are ample. We sampled a variety of things, and had no complaints. I have never left this place hungry, and was having difficulty finishing my meal on this visit. My two companions were also quite full, and quite satisfied with their meals. Actually, this had been my third visit to La Comida, but this time I had the wit to bring a camera.
There is, besides the patio, indoor dining, but the breezy days and sunshine make sitting under the awning of the patio the preferred place to be. La Comida is a full-service restaurant, with a full bar inside. Though I did not sample any of the drinks, my brother did, declaring his margarita to be good enough to justify ordering a second. The service was very good on every visit.
In order to do full justice to this establishment, I have to say that there is also a pretty wide selection of fancy dishes served here. We all ordered basic, stereotypical Mexican food this time around, but on previous visits, I have sampled some examples of high Mexican cuisine. They do some excellent things here with chicken and beef, but particularly with pork. If you are looking for something a bit fancier, do not pass this place by, thinking that it is nothing but tacos, burritos, and enchiladas.
Prices are reasonable, particularly considering the portion sizes, and the place is open until late in the evening, when it becomes one of the local watering holes. This is a good place to stop and fortify yourself for the trip across the mountains to Yellowstone. Cody is a pretty nice place in its own right, and you might find yourself staying here for a few days to take in the nightly rodeo (Stampede Park hosts one of the biggest real rodeos in the country) and the mountain air.