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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” (81 reviews)
“burrito” (22 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food, Spanish
1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
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Reviewed 20 June 2015

I grew up eating Mexican food in Southern California, and a good tamale is one of my favorite foods of all time. El Modelo nails it ... the perfect ratio of delicious pork and tasy corn, wrapped up and steamed in a corn husk. I...More

2  Thank Susan R
Reviewed 19 June 2015 via mobile

Historic building in the more industrial area of Albuquerque makes this place unique. It's not a sit-down place, nor does it have an extensive menu, but it has my favorite cheese enchiladas for sure! If you are not native New Mexican, you may want to...More

1  Thank ArdethsGal
Reviewed 8 June 2015

I'd like to preface this review with an apology. I was on the tripadvisor App and inadvertently gave the review from June 6th, 2015 a helpful vote. Not bashing someone else's review, just wanting to retract my helpful vote, I can't retract it on this...More

1  Thank MORoadStar
Reviewed 6 June 2015 via mobile

The owners of this place are never there they act like their to good to stop by and say hi instead they pay other ppl to run this place.. food is too greasy tamales are like 30$ last time i went i had a hair...More

2  Thank AngelesLove
Reviewed 29 May 2015

Take out for sure...but the best tamales and stuffed sopaipillas in the world. 50 plus years this little hole in the wall has been feeding we officianados of New Mexican cuisine!!!! My mouth waters at the thought. We drive to Albuquerque 3 times a year...More

2  Thank bubbiesmema
Reviewed 27 May 2015

Good food. Nice staff. Neat place. Mostly take out, including tamales by the dozen. Tacos are huge, with lots of well seasoned meat. There is outside seating with grass. My kids had a good time running around. There are an outlet where we charged up....More

1  Thank Shawn F
Reviewed 26 May 2015

Not only is this one of the best places I have ever experienced for Southwest food, it may be the ultimate "Whole in the Wall." My wife and I were cruising downtown Albuquerque looking for a good place to eat, but had to make an...More

3  Thank Bob S
Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

I found this place online and ever since the first visit haven't forgot about how amazing the food is! My favorite is the enchilada dish. Love the chips. Bottled cokes is a bonus. At times I want to drop everything and make a trip to...More

1  Thank Persephanie33
Reviewed 16 May 2015

My husband and were making our way back from Grand Canyon to Ohio. We stopped in Albaquerque for dinner, I wanted authenic tamales. El Modelo's came up with high reviews. It's a little out of the way, but both my husband and I both agree...More

3  Thank J W
Reviewed 1 May 2015 via mobile

My girlfriend is from Georgia and when she moved to Albuquerque she wanted some good New Mexican food. I took her to El Modelo and suggested the carne adovada and a sopapilla and she is now hooked on them. We go quite often because she...More

2  Thank Seth M
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Joy K
2 December 2015|
Response from Joy K |
This place is a treasure for those looking for treasures.
3 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
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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