Past the main strip at the edge of Cody, Wyoming, is Noon Break 2 Go. Recommended by a new friend, this establishment is known for Code 10 chili, which is next-level hot.
Around for over 30 years and run by husband-and-wife team Steve and Suzanne, Noon Break has moved locations a few times but retains a loyal following thanks to burritos and chili. It has been in its current spot for three years.
Suzanne greets you when you arrive and takes care of the bill before you sit down. No matter what you order, she’ll ask if you want mild, spicy, or in-between. The in-between is hot but flavorful: the kind of hot that keeps you coming back for more but does not burn your mouth. Then there’s Code 10, which you have to ask for. It’s the highest spice level of the four — a big hit around here.
Grab a juice, soda, or “fancy water” out of the cooler (there’s also free water). From there, Suzanne disappears to join Steve preparing the food, giving you time to take in the scene. Star Trek and hot sauce have a subtle presence throughout the place, which fits 25 people, tops. When the crowd dwindled to just us, the duo turned up the music — which landed somewhere between the Star Trek anthem and a country ballad.
Food is New Mexico-style, good and simple. The burrito is comprised of a warm tortilla, chicken, chili peppers, white and yellow cheeses, and green chili sauce. The latter is sticky and very spicy, made with chilies from Hatch, New Mexico. The tortillas are thick and soft, the chicken excellently spiced and shredded.
The enchilada has a super-soft blue corn tortilla that tastes just-made, filled with chicken and topped with green chili. The chili relleno is layered with a big fresh chili and cornbread that is dry enough to soak up the sauces but still hold its shape. Portions are big but not too big.