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El Modelo Mexican Foods

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
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1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
+1 505-242-1843
07:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Was in ABQ on business trip. A coworker suggested this place....I was not disappointed. This place is very unassuming from the outside...looks like something outta way South Mexico where you but a kilo of tortillas and they wrap it in paper. I was very impressed by the sopaipillas..these fluffy tortilla hybrids are deep fried puffy goodness which you can have... More 

Thank pablonunezjr
Herndon, Va
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73 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

Basically a take-out place but it has a number of tables outside that are usually a pleasant place to eat, even in summer. There is a wide variety of Mexican items and several combination plates. There is absolutely no place to eat inside and I did not see a restroom (I didn't ask, either). Every food item our group ordered... More 

Thank rldonovan
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This is some of the best food in Albuquerque. We picked up a large take-out order for 6 people and everything was great. We have never had a bad meal from El Modelo. We suggest getting takeout since there are no public restrooms and it's too hot to sit outside. Great food at a great price.

Thank Michelle W
Managua, Nicaragua
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83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

I ordered the Tamales Special and a drink for $10. The portions are huge. The service was quick and everybody was nice. It was spicy and good. But be ready to eat outside. There are some decent picnic type tables right outside and when it's 105 degrees, it is not pleasant.

Thank Rose Mary G
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

Best tamales we've ever had! Huge servings. Also got the green chilies bean burrito & it was the best. Counter service with some outdoor picnic tables.

Thank 664suzannec
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Excellent tamales. Sit on the outside benches for a fast lunch. Great take out for a crowd. Burritos, tacos, tortillas.

Thank Mastersj
Hobbs, New Mexico
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Quick service, The food was authentic. I had the stuffed sopapilla and the flavors were great. Friendly staff and nice picnic area.

Thank Katrat60
Jackson, Mississippi
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

All I can say Isomething their tamales are awesome. The food is fantastic. Always busy. Call ahead. A local legend. Don't miss it.

Thank lisasparks58
Alexandria, Virginia
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135 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

I can only vouch for the breakfast menu. But this place is by far the best hole in the wall. The carne adovada is BEST IN NEW MEXICO. By the pint, burrito, plato. Whatever. It is fantastic.

1 Thank JonS959
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79 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

This is a hidden gem that you'd never know about unless the locals tell you. So far, I've only tried the Stuff Sopaipilla but I am hooked on it. Extremely reasonable prices, no nonsense menu, fast service, and plenty enough to eat. If you leave there hungry, that's your own fault. Great place to grab lunch on a budget...I just... More 

Thank shauste

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$5
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?