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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” (90 reviews)
“burrito” (21 reviews)
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7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food, Spanish
1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
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Reviewed December 9, 2015

Most days you won't just walk in and get your food and leave. There is usually a wait of about 15 minutes to place your order, at the counter, and then another wait of about 15 minutes to receive your order. A pretty popular place...More

Thank R R
Reviewed December 1, 2015

I have been to Duke City many times, but this was my first time to eat El Modelo's food. It was terrific. The food is all take out, but if pretty you can eat outside nearby. We had the largest tamales I have ever seen...More

Thank Joe H
Reviewed November 30, 2015

Mostly a takeout place with some seating outside in good weather. You order from a long counter, it also has call in orders and a huge kitchen. Service and food are outstanding. Real Mexican as opposed to New Mexican food. Tacos, enchilada, tamales and burritos...More

2  Thank RandyStakeman
Reviewed October 13, 2015

Love this place. My father in law would get takeout long ago on Sunday and the family would go to the park. There are no seats inside, but the outdoor seating is like my backyard with picnic tables, so seasonably it works just fine most...More

Reviewed October 8, 2015

If you want some bang for your buck, this is it. El Modelo Mexican Foods. It's take out, unless you're cool with eating at the tables available in the parking lot. Paid peanuts for an amazing meal. Love the food, the service was quick. We'd...More

Thank chromachord
Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

When we come to Albuquerque, we must go to El Modelo for huevos rancheros, tamales, and many other assorted take out dishes. It is a food factory that prepares food for many venues. We have never had a bad dish from there. It is down...More

Thank Phil P
Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

I didn't realize this place was not a regular restaurant. It's takeout only and there's no value in calling ahead unless you have a very large order. It's like stepping in the past and tamales and sopapilla were awesome! Photo: While I was waiting, I...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

The Cashier messed up my order #87 BTW and then had the nerve to tell me I was in the wrong and then she wanted to charge me more! I will NEVER go back and I want everyone to know how did satisfied I am....More

Thank Ashlee D
Reviewed September 4, 2015

We decided to check out this place with no expectations and were blown away. The food was absolutely fantastic and the price was right. This is a place many locals check out and it's been in business since the late 1920's. On the outside the...More

2  Thank Nikki F
Reviewed August 30, 2015

Looking for authentic tamales and decided to stop by El Modelos based on Trip Advisor reviews. So glad that I did! There are just a few tables outside so it's best to order takeout. My tamales were delicious and some of the best that I...More

1  Thank Mann6
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Joy K
December 2, 2015|
Response from Joy K |
This place is a treasure for those looking for treasures.
January 2, 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
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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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