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El Modelo Mexican Foods

1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
+1 505-242-1843
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“tamales” (89 reviews)
“burrito” (22 reviews)
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm Hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food, Spanish
1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

El Modelo is an Albuquerque fixture. It is housed in its own building on Second Street, just below Cesar Chavez Boulevard. It has been in the same building, unchanged, since the late 1940s. Park in the lot on the side and note the picnic tables...More

Thank Warlock152
Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

So for starters, this place is take out only. And located in a crummy part of town. So don't go expecting any kind of atmosphere. Placed my order of a chicken enchilada plate, a tamale plate and a bean burrito. With tax came to just...More

Thank Flufflebunny
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We stopped by to get some frozen tamales when we were visiting friends.. this is a busy place! It was founded in like 1929.. our friends have been coming here for over 60 years..

Thank Arkansastraveler74
Reviewed 22 December 2017

They make the best tamales that I have ever eaten. The masa to meat ratio is perfect. I am very picky about the masa flavor. Their masa has a great flavor. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant's tamales.

Thank Craig G
Reviewed 22 December 2017

It's mostly a takeout place but we ate at concrete tables in the yard listening to music in Spanish. We were warned that the tamales were big so we got one plate for the two of us. They tasted like homemade and we were more...More

Thank Crawfish Boil
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Absolute proof that location doesn't matter if the food is good. And, it is. Mexican food menu. Take out only by the railroad tracks, next to an overpass in a nondescript part of town. Started in a home and just stayed as its popularity grew....More

Thank Woof928394956
Reviewed 22 December 2017

This is the spot if you want authentic Mexican food. The tamales and everything are great. Prices are good. One person has a complaint about parking. It's worth the wait.

Thank Seldomtraveling
Reviewed 12 November 2017 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 12 November 2017

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

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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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