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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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Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food, Spanish
1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
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Reviewed 8 May 2016

I can only vouch for the breakfast menu. But this place is by far the best hole in the wall. The carne adovada is BEST IN NEW MEXICO. By the pint, burrito, plato. Whatever. It is fantastic.

1  Thank Johon Z
Reviewed 25 April 2016

This is a hidden gem that you'd never know about unless the locals tell you. So far, I've only tried the Stuff Sopaipilla but I am hooked on it. Extremely reasonable prices, no nonsense menu, fast service, and plenty enough to eat. If you leave...More

Thank shauste
Reviewed 21 April 2016

I ordered the Hot Tamales and I wasn't disappointed. The prices were great and the quality of the food was outstanding.

1  Thank charleswoods84
Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

Take out only- be prepared to wait unless you call in a order. Made fresh daily authentic Tamales, Carne Adovada and carnitas. These Tamales are made the real way with lard- yes, you need to splurge once in awhile. $28.80 per dozen and worth every...More

1  Thank Eric B
Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

El Modelo is one of my favorite spots in town. The food is incredible and at good prices. I like to take folks there for the first time and they always leave very happy. I went there recently for a large order of tamales and...More

Thank Lobo1981
Reviewed 30 December 2015

Chicken Enchiladas are to die for! Anyone who's been in business for over 75 years must be doing something right!

Thank Jere S
Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

Without a couple dozen tamales from El Modelo, your Xmas will lack something not unlike the holiday spirit, but much more delicious.

Thank Gutsman
Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

Generous portions. Authentic flavors. We stood out as tourists among long lines of locals, but everyone welcomed us heartily and made recommendations that we loved. They wrapped it all up for us and we took it back to the hotel. Perfection!

1  Thank jb1233
Reviewed 18 December 2015

I do not live in Albuquerque but travel there at least once a month. Every visit there means a stop at El Modelo. I love it. The line and any wait is worth it. The food is yummy. Get a sopapilla with your order! They...More

Thank antoinnam
Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

It's great Mexican food. Just remember if you can call your order in because sometimes it's so busy there will be a bit of a wait. As far as the food it's amazing! I go as often as I can and love it every time.

1  Thank Mixedfeelings33
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Joy K
2 December 2015|
Response from Joy K |
This place is a treasure for those looking for treasures.
2 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
Child-friendly, Kids
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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