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El Metate Tamale Factory

Mexican, Southwestern
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610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
+1 505-722-7000
10:00 - 20:00
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Washington, D.C.
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176 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Stumbled on this great tamale and Mexican food place. Cheap, fast and delicious pit stop on our drive from Albuquerque to Telluride.

1 Thank Docterloeb
Olympia, Washington
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175 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We have had lots of Mexican food, and my favorite is lengua tacos, so we love the traditional. We went based on Trip Advisor reviews. This was so awesome. Hubs had the enchiladas, I had the tamale plate. Both were the best ever. Owner Carlos was so friendly and says he gets customers from all over the world based on... More 

2 Thank Foodie T
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

My husband and I always stop at El Metate for dinner when we are driving through Gallup. I'm not usually partial to tamales, but these are exceptional. The cornmeal exterior is light and almost fluffy and the filling very flavorful. I usually get vegetarian filling and my husband gets pork or beef. The enchiladas are also very good, as well... More 

2 Thank Peggy R
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

This place is tucked away on a corner in a neighborhood. This place has excellent service. If you want authentic Mexican American food..this is the place to go. Family ran..this place is top notch...Above average customer service. Above average everything. Huge portions, will not walk away hungry. Excellent staff. Be sure to make this a place to eat at while... More 

Thank Billy G
Oakdale, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

Great flavor, service. Had the tamale plate. Quite tasty. Beans and rice were delicious. Not much on ambiance but don't let that prevent you from having a good meal.

Thank RCadmus
Lisbon, Portugal
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101 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

A few streets off of Route 66 this small eatery offered wide selection of Mexican foods. Purchased pork and vegetable tamales. The pork good and vegetable not so good. Vegetable made with frozen vegetables corn peas medley. Purchased frozen pork and chicken tamales to go.

Thank lisboa09
Saint Louis, Missouri
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Not much to look at from the outside and while driving there I thought this would be inside someone's home. Turns out that isn't too far from the truth, but the atmosphere is not the reason to come here. I ordered a tamale plate with shredded pork and green chili chicken tamales. I would have liked to get them covered... More 

Thank Gene S
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Sure enough, this place is in a residential neighborhood and looks like the kind of restaurant you'd skip, leaving it for the locals to enjoy. I went in anyway, hearing the food was good. Maybe eight well spaced tables in the place, and I found just three of them taken. The owner immediately greeted and seated me. My Coke came... More 

Thank MonteRicardobalm
Gallup, New Mexico
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Original Mexican not New Mexico/Tex Mex. All food is made fresh to order. Not heavy or loaded with cheese.

Thank AKFSS1
upstate NY
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340 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

We found this place off the beaten path and it was empty but decided to go for it. Chips were really good with a spicy green salsa. But the tamales were kind of dry and although I asked for mild they were very spicy!! My husband had steak fajitas and the steak was very thin strips, also dry. Overall just... More 

Thank lisa9962

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Gallup
  • Phone Number: +1 505-722-7000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?