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El Modelo Mexican Foods

1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
+1 505-242-1843
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“tamales” (83 reviews)
“burrito” (22 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 am - 7:00 pmAll hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food, Spanish
1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My First time coming to El Modelo with family - I had a stuff sopapilla so so so good - my hubby had red beef enchiladas and my cousin also had stuff sopapilla with enchiladas - only problem with the place is it not a...More

Thank M G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Place is the place for your Christmas tamales. During the rest of the year they have great burritos, posole and the chile is fantastic.

Thank P3836SMmichaelb
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Not sure what all the fuss is about this place, it was just ok to me. Prices were good, the food is decent but the parking is hell and the place is very overcrowded no matter what time you come in. Also there's no indoor...More

Thank NissanDragger
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Decades in the same place with same food. It’s a full takeaway place/food factory. The tostadas are my staple. The green Chile chicken tamales are an absolute winner! Get them and the red Chile pork ones frozen and you can enjoy for months.

Thank SVCris
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We were an out of town party of six who ordered takeout food. We were astounded at the reasonable price and the portions. Everything we ordered was delicious. But the chili rellenos were my favorite. If we lived in Albuquerque we would end up ordering...More

Thank Cynthia E
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

This place was recommended to us from a local and it was worth the drive to get there! I’d gladly wait for their food any day. When we arrived it was packed and I understand why. The prices can’t be beat and I love their...More

Thank Shawnee H
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Amazing food period. The tamales, rellenos, green chili, and sopapillas were delicious. It is very inexpensive and portions are huge. Be prepared to share or have leftovers.

Thank Dougquon
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This place has been around for a long time now, since 1929 to be in fact. Been here a few times and get takeway quite often. This place does amazing Mexican food. Really good tacos, tamales, and enchiladas.

Thank AndyLewsion79
Reviewed 6 August 2017

So, no this is not the old part of downtown full of charm and history. It is next to the rail yard. And, no - there is no table service - but you won't find better, cheaper local food than here! Colorful, ultra-local, huge helpings...More

Thank pepelevoo
Reviewed 28 July 2017

They have a lot of great NM dishes. Too many to list, but they have good salsa, good guacamole, good tamales, good tacos, etc. There is a difference between NM food and truly Mexican food; this place serves NM food. It is an order take-out...More

Thank MATT-U63
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Questions & Answers
Joy K
3 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
USD 5 - USD 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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