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El Metate Tamale Factory

Mexican, Southwestern
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610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
+1 505-722-7000
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10:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 20:00
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Phoenix, Arizona
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2015

This is one of those places that you'd never go into unless it was recommended, but it is a good little place, especially for Gallup. The tomales are super light and very good, and the enchiladas were good too. The owners were very sweet and friendly.

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Avon, Indiana
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93 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015 via mobile

We were traveling through and were hungry. This place has good reviews. So we went there and it is a little drive from the highway, but it's totally worth. She made us fresh tamales, and it was the best I've ever had.

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Thank ExplorerDoctorD
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2015 via mobile

Transmission problems landed us overnight in Gallup and gave us the opportunity to discover Metate's restaurant. What a find, great down home Mexican food. The huevos rancheros were delicious and the eggs were perfect. The shredded beef gordita was excellent as well. Even the beans and rice were great! This is a small friendly family run spot .If you're looking... More 

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Deming, New Mexico
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464 reviews
353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2015

This place is very small and hard to find, but well worth the trip. Family owned and operated, even down to the children, it's what dining out used to be about. The food was wonderful and the tamales were the best my wife has ever eaten.

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SC
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73 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2015 via mobile

We ordered a la carte, each selecting the chorizo and egg burrito (fantastic!) and a tamale. The chorizo had incredible flavor, and what a treat to find fresh homemade tamales at a restaurant.

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Conroe
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2015 via mobile

So glad I looked at Trip Advisor. This place has great food! We ordered tacos, shrimp fajitas, steak fajitas and the tamale combo. Everything was delicious. The sweet lady that waited on us had a warm smile and was accommodating. Fresh food with REAL Mexican cheese. Tamale wasn't dry and I asked for both red and green sauce on the... More 

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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

Great food,service was fabulous. Budget friendly while no sacrifice in quality. Definitely off the beat & path but worth the extra turns off the main drag.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015 via mobile

Food had good flavor and taste. Clean, but the service was poor. It was okay, but my family was a little disappointed for being ranked high.

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Monticello, Utah
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2015

This little gem stands out in Gallups desert of places to eat. Homemade chips and spicy green salsa, tamales, carnitas and vieja ropa. ALL delicious !

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

This is the only "mexican" restaurant in town that uses the cheeses and combinations that are traditionally found south of the border. They do ol' mexico food and New Mexico chili sauces, if you haven't had enough of them yet. The fish tacos and shrimp tacos are great. Friendly people. The furnishings are simple. Because you are off the main... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 20:00
Thursday
10:00 - 20:00
Friday
10:00 - 20:00
Saturday
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?