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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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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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34 reviews
28 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
Placitas, New Mexico
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88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2014

After a afternoon hike on the bosque trail, my teen daughter and I decided to try El Modelo. It has been around for ages, and just the building and location hints at "something different", "go local". It is takeaway with outside tables located north and south of the building. I had a stuffed sopapilla and my daughter had cheese enchilada... More 

2 Thank LaVidaLoca505
Mesa, Arizona
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180 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2014

I had tried to eat at El Modelo the last time I was in Albuquerque but I picked the one night when they are closed. I was luckier this time. Easy to get to, right across the street from Old Town Albuquerque. Typical menu items but very tasty and well made. This just added to the problem I have when... More 

1 Thank flyboy1946
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2014

I love this joint. Been there 11 times. The Huevos Rancheros are so good, that I have not tried anything else. Not sure, but it seems like I'm eating 3 pounds of food....Huevos, beans, pork, lettuce, green chili and tortillas. You will be satiated. And the prices represent a great value.

2 Thank BigDaddyBurt
Albuquerque NM
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64 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014

I've eaten their food many times. It's cheap, tasty, but way too hot. Sorry. Time to get an order varies considerably.

1 Thank lovely_lora
St. Louis, Missouri
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105 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2014

Passing through New Mexico on our way home, we stayed at a hotel close to the interstate. We checked our El Modelo on TripAdvisor and Yelp and ratings were about 4 out of 5. It is located is a weird part of town – they close at 7 so it’s still daylight – LOL. It’s take out so that worked... More 

2 Thank MacCurly
Topeka, Kansas
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98 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2014 via mobile

Wow!!! Takeout food with neighboring outside place to eat. Quality is nothing short of amazing!!!! I will be back...again and again and again...!!!

2 Thank HonestObservation

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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
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?