For a remote city of just under 10,000 people, Cody, Wyoming has popped up in the news after Kanye West bought a ranch just outside of town. Hosting a free concert on Sunday, September 22nd at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, thousands are driving across state lines to see Kanye perform.
Every concertgoer needs a place to dine, even if their concert takes the form of a Sunday Service. Visitors wondering where to eat in Cody, Wyoming need to wonder no further.
Breakfast in Cody
A relatively new spot in Cody, Trailhead is nearly always packed by locals and tourists alike. Trailhead just started offering brunch on top of their lunch and dinner menu, so if you don’t see a ton of people at the restaurant, don’t be alarmed. Their homemade green chili is to die for, and don’t miss out on the Bloody Mary bar.
The Beta is walking distance from the museum and has amazing breakfast burritos (great coffee, too). This particular writer hasn’t tried Granny’s, but I’ve heard good things. Expect standard diner breakfast fare from Granny’s.
Lunch in Cody
Breadboard is a must. There aren’t a lot of original, not-chain restaurants in Cody, but Breadboard is a classic. Their sandwiches are out of this world, and warming up with a bowl of homemade soup after a cold outdoor concert is simply good for the soul. It’s away from the powwow grounds (a mile or less) but worth the walk or drive.
Dinner in Cody
Millstone Pizza is the spot. Homemade pizzas that vary from standard to intriguing to downright surprising are all incredible. Their buffalo chicken is sensational and while they regretfully took it off the menu, their peanut butter pepperoni (you heard right) would make any doubting Thomas a believer. Be sure to visit their arcade in the basement.
Thai Thai should get an honorable mention. Not the best Thai food I’ve ever had (but then again, I’ve been to Thailand), but it does the job and quite well at that.
Also, if you want some true Western cuisine, hit up Proudcut Saloon for a bison burger or, once again, Trailhead for elk sliders that are out of this world.
Dessert in Cody
You could get an enormously supersized root beer or other soda float at Annie’s, but I’m saying head back to Trailhead. They change out their menu seasonally, but most recently I had a flourless chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream that almost made me cry.
Peter’s Cafe has great ice cream, just expect to be greeted by high school boys with AirPods talking to people on the phone while calling them names.
Drinks in Cody
The Silver Dollar is your divey, classic bar where the drinks are stiff and the company’s not. The Dollar frequently has live music and amazing onion rings for an after-hours snack. You might hear country music, you might hear hip-hop, but whatever you hear, if someone tells you to order an AMF, run the other direction.
The Chamberlain Inn is my top choice for a bar, followed by the Juniper. The Chamberlain has better cocktails in my opinion, but the Juniper has quite the wine and beer selection, plus live music as well. You can order small plates at both establishments.
Google “where to eat in cody” and you’re bound to see Domino’s, Burger King, and other chains on the results page. Don’t trust what you see — while Cody has a small number of original restaurants, the quality of these recommended restaurants makes up for lack of quantity.