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El Modelo Mexican Foods

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food, 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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84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After a long plane ride, the ribs at El Modelo can warm you up and get you feeling good again. This is a take out joint with tables out back you can use if the weather is nice. Nice selection of new mexican favorites with just enough zing to it.

Thank Jeff A
Irmo, South Carolina
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was awesome. I had hoped it would be a sit down restaurant but it was a walk in order. The owner was at the door to greet us which was a great surprise on Christmas Eve. You get a lot of food for your buck. It is like two meals in one. I loved the food and it... More 

Thank KCBrock
Geelong, Australia
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116 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You get to see all the staff working so hard to deliver an authentic new Mexican meal - fantastic. I would have liked to try everything. Very inexpensive as well

Thank Craig W
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My father-in-law loved this place "back in the day". There are a few at the top of my list and it usually depends upon where I am when the urge for a burrito comes. When I am close or have the extra time to go out of my way, this is the place. Call ahead if you remember, otherwise enjoys... More 

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80 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for lunch on the way back east. Classic take out and very efficient in getting food ordered. The green chili sauce had a nice bite to it. Lived up to our expectations.

Thank Bill M
Alexandria, Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I love this place. THE BEST authentic Mexican take-out place around. Fantastic green chile brisket burritos. The carnitas burrito and tamales are great as well. For non-meat eaters the tostada is a meal in itself. Sopapillas are heavenly. Service is fast. Beautiful young lady who took my order was smiling and very friendly. I can't wait to return. Don't miss... More 

Thank kcbbq7
Kaktovik, Alaska
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207 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Stopped in here after over fifty years 1964. Last time I came in with my friend Dale. Was in town for his funeral service. Then I went into the Army, never came back. Had a breakfast burrito was excellent. A very popular eatery.

Thank broome2408
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

I've been going here forty fifty years and it's always delicious same cooking you cannot get this home cooking food in any restaurant Modelo is the best

Thank Greg P
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

The food here is magnificent! The green chile chicken tamales are the best anywhere...soooo very yummy! Only seating ops are picnic tables in the parking lot & you'll likely have to wait a spell for your order, but be patient & get it to go as you will be so thankful that you did. Anything you order is a delicious... More 

Thank Laurie F
Carlsbad, NM
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93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Whether you're eating solo, or getting a large order for your family, El Modelo makes delicious food in mass quantities, but can still dial in awesome single servings. Hands down, the best deal in NM.

Thank NMRugger

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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
USD 5 - USD 5
Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food, 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?