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El Modelo Mexican Foods

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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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Plano, Texas
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43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2015

I enjoyed El Modelo. So did our dog with whom we were able to enjoy the company of on the picnic tables beside the parking area (there are more on the other side) The meals are huge. I ordered the Mexican platter (less than $10) - tostada, chili spare rib, tamale, enchilada with beans, rice, chili w/ meat and 2... More 

3 Thank Didi P
Memphis, Tennessee
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2015

A dozen pork tamales with red chili, refried beans, Mexican rice, chips and salsa. Tamales are large with lots of meat with a thin layer of masa. The refrieds and rice were excellent. Chips and salsa are a great accompaniment. Two tamales are more than a meal for an adult. Four adults and two children. Plenty of leftovers for lunch... More 

1 Thank Van S
Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States
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297 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2015

After a tiring day on the road, we wanted Mexican, and searched Trip Adviser for something close to our hotel. El Modelo seemed high on the list, so we headed over. We thought it would be a place to sit down and relax, well . . . sort of. The place is carry-out, with some picnic tables on the edge... More 

Thank Judy C
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73 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2015 via mobile

We ordered the ribs, a special (pork) burrito, a stuffed sopapilla, and some guacamole. Although there are some outside tables, we like most patrons, carried our food out (and our order must have weighed 5 lb). The ribs and burrito were both fairly spicy, but had good flavor. I ordered the sopapilla based on reviews here and the recommendation of... More 

1 Thank stilltravellingSC
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2015

WOW. I had Red Chile Ribs-awesome flavor, moist fall off the bone ribs with just the right amount of spice for lunch. They came smothered in red chile and accompanied by a few tortilla Chips. Others in my Take Out party had stuffed Sopapillas, Green Chile Stew, Burritos etc and it was all amazing, I cant wait to get back,... More 

2 Thank Danny S
West New York, New Jersey
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143 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015

We went by someone's recommendation and we weren't disappointed! This place looks like a take-out place with some outdoor seating on the side of the restaurant. But I think most people came in, picked up food and ate them elsewhere. It was a bit chilly in the shade while we were there but we chose to sit outside anyway. The... More 

2 Thank Aimz78
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015

If you want authentic Mexican / Hispanic food, go to el Modelos! We had the no 1 combo which was a very large potion...8 lbs. the sauce is integrated into the dishes... Tamale had great thick shell, very good meat sauce... Chip good as well as tamale, enchilada and beef shank... And oh yea came with 2 large sopapillas.... Two... More 

2 Thank basketsar
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2015 via mobile

This place is insane and a must! You're not a true New Mexican if you've not eaten here. My mouth is watering right now just thinking about it!

2 Thank DonnieBrainard
Dallas, Texas, United States
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64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2014

Had the stuffed sopapilla for lunch, loaded with beef and cheese. Wonderful. You only need one, they are a lot of food. There is no indoor seating, only a courtyard with some tables. The folks taking orders where not used to helping new people. Very authentic place, I recommend you visit.

2 Thank 135Greg135
Russellville, Arkansas
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2014 via mobile

Went here with family while on vacation in abq. Its definitely off the beaten path and looks like something that wld be on diners drive-ins and dives. 3 of us got the tamale plate which is supposed to come with beans and rice but as far as I could tell, did not. I cant say that i really missed them... More 

2 Thank jkhughes09

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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?