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El Modelo Mexican Foods

1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
+1 505-242-1843
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“tamales” (80 reviews)
“beans” (16 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food, Spanish
1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food period. The tamales, rellenos, green chili, and sopapillas were delicious. It is very inexpensive and portions are huge. Be prepared to share or have leftovers.

Thank Dougquon
Reviewed 7 August 2017

This place has been around for a long time now, since 1929 to be in fact. Been here a few times and get takeway quite often. This place does amazing Mexican food. Really good tacos, tamales, and enchiladas.

Thank AndyLewsion79
Reviewed 5 August 2017

So, no this is not the old part of downtown full of charm and history. It is next to the rail yard. And, no - there is no table service - but you won't find better, cheaper local food than here! Colorful, ultra-local, huge helpings...More

Thank pepelevoo
Reviewed 27 July 2017

They have a lot of great NM dishes. Too many to list, but they have good salsa, good guacamole, good tamales, good tacos, etc. There is a difference between NM food and truly Mexican food; this place serves NM food. It is an order take-out...More

Thank MATT-U63
Reviewed 15 July 2017

typical new mexican food. nothing special. the photo shows some pita bread. great. the spices and seasoning are not sophisticated.

Thank Jason P
Reviewed 18 May 2017

order the stuffed sopapilla you can't go wrong! Tried a few of their other dishes, they were a bit greasy but still tasty.

Thank nikkih9001
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Get the chile relleno burrito. I'm still dreaming about it. Actually, get 2. Sit outside in the beautiful rose bush encircled garden and enjoy the most authentic southwestern cuisine I have ever enjoyed.

Thank Samantha L
Reviewed 8 May 2017

If you are looking for truly authentic New Mexican home cooking, THIS is the place to go. I mean, I walk in and it smells like my grandma's house. If that tells you anything....

Thank Madeline M
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Because I ordered the #2 enchiladas and a side tamale and I could only eat half my meal. It was sooo good but too much food for one person unless you are a NFL lineman. The red sauce is a bit spicy but flavorful. Each...More

Thank RetiredMilitary
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Everytime we visit El Modelo there is always a long line; however, the wait is worth having the best breakfast sopaipilla and tamales!!

Thank William302505
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Joy K
2 December 2015|
Response from Joy K |
This place is a treasure for those looking for treasures.
2 January 2015|
Response from LaVidaLoca505 | Reviewed this property |
traditionally, tamales do not contain wheat flour. check with the vendor/restaurant whether flour has been added to the masa.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$5
Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque
  • Phone Number: +1 505-242-1843
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