Comida at The Source opens tomorrow for business. The first of 15 tenants to open in the new European-style culinary market brings delicious intentionally-not-authentic Mexican food and drink to the northern end of RiNo.
The Source is on track to be an incredible destination. After Comida, detailed below, other tenants will include Acorn, from the creators of Oak in Boulder; Mondo Cafe; CapRock Farm Bar; Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project; The Proper Pour, a retail liquor store dedicated to finer beer, spirits, cocktails, and education; a butcher; a baker; and a candlestick maker. And many more.
This just in: There won’t be a candlestick maker. Sorry.
Denver off the Wagon enjoyed a preview of the menu this afternoon. Amidst a flurry of activity, construction, and new tenants moving in, Comida sits ready to serve. Owner Rayme Rossello and her knowledgeable staff gave us a tour of the food and drink menu.
We started off with a Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita. The heat packs a punch, but fades quickly as the watermelon refreshes and begs you to take another sip. We dipped the Comida House Chips in six different salsas, ranging from a smooth and mild pico de gallo to a spicy carrot habañero.
Pro tip: the Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita does not cut the delicious spice of the carrot habanero salsa, but it sure does bring out the spice in both.
Rayme led us through her history in the industry. “I wanted to be an actress, so I made a really good waitress.” She helped open the first Proto’s back in 1999, and hasn’t slowed down since. Comida’s location at The Source is the third spot, after the Longmont and Tina, the pink food truck. It’s also the largest location Rayme has worked with, seating around 140 between the main dining room, upstairs loft area, community seating, and outdoor patio.
The watermelon started off a parade of simple, fresh, hand-squeezed margaritas. A glass brimming with the Comida Margarita came next. It’s slightly tart and citrusy, and definitely refreshing. “We’re not saving lives, we’re just making drinks,” explains Rayme of the simple yet delicious margarita selection. Last of the margaritas was the Agua de Jamaica, a floral and slightly sweet concoction with hibiscus, agave, and a plethora of citrus fruits. Falling in line with the watermelon and house margarita, it too was delicious.
Escaping the margarita menu, we sampled the Cabana, a concoction with tomatillo, lemon, lime, and guava nectar. It was sweet, but not overly so. The guava nectar gave the drink that honey-esque sweetness, balanced by the tart and slight vegetable taste offered by the tomatillo. Last on the drink menu was Point Break, a drink made with reposed, Aperol, orange, and grapefruit. The bitterness of the Aperol played incredibly well with the grapefruit. If you want to try a cocktail that’s very different from the margaritas, and something that stands tall by itself, order the Point Break, sit down on the patio, and enjoy the view.
Intermingled with these drinks was a bevy of food options. We were able to taste the jicama and cucumber snack, pork carnitas tacos and bacon and jalapeño tacos, tortas, gorditas, tostadas…
And flan. Such. Good. Flan.
I can’t really begin to describe the food in the detail that it deserves. The selection and presentation were incredible, and each dish brought something to the table that attempted to one-up the previous option. Crunchy and soft, sweet and savory, meat and veggie… the menu is delightful. And it’s priced so you can eat it all. Bring friends, and for $12 each you’ll be full and happy.
Comida opens tomorrow for full lunch and dinner service, seven days a week, from 11am-10pm. They’re closed on Labor Day. Go give them a try, check out The Source, and let us know what you think!