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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” (80 reviews)
“beans” (16 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food, Spanish
1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
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Reviewed 5 September 2015

We decided to check out this place with no expectations and were blown away. The food was absolutely fantastic and the price was right. This is a place many locals check out and it's been in business since the late 1920's. On the outside the...More

2  Thank Nikki F
Reviewed 31 August 2015

Looking for authentic tamales and decided to stop by El Modelos based on Trip Advisor reviews. So glad that I did! There are just a few tables outside so it's best to order takeout. My tamales were delicious and some of the best that I...More

1  Thank Mann6
Reviewed 21 August 2015

I've been coming to this restaurant since I was in grade school. I haven't eaten there for a while, in the past it has always been very, very delicious... But not today - I ordered three items and they were so salty I couldn't even...More

Thank Stephanie W
Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

No ambience, just great food. Sit under a tree on a picnic table and enjoy. Burritos and stuffed sopapilas a must.

2  Thank bobmunson1
Reviewed 14 July 2015

My mother worked here over 30 yrs ago & learned how to make stuffed sopapillas here. If you've never tried a stuffed sopapilla, you must visit this place so you can do so. They are stuffed with beans, lettuce, cheese & your choice of meat....More

3  Thank K0K016
Reviewed 7 July 2015 via mobile

Visiting from out of town (Washington/Idaho), we were hoping to find an authentic, delicious Mexican restaurant, and we did! This place is not located in the best part of town, but don't let that deter you. The food was incredible (we got #1), and they...More

1  Thank Melmelmar
Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

The best new mexican food out there green and red Chile the best great food and history about the cultural

2  Thank Gabe M
Reviewed 26 June 2015

The breakfast stuffed sopapilla is amazing. The area is a bit interesting, but the food is so tasty and fresh. Just make sure you have time for a nap after.

1  Thank Lauren C
Reviewed 20 June 2015

I grew up eating Mexican food in Southern California, and a good tamale is one of my favorite foods of all time. El Modelo nails it ... the perfect ratio of delicious pork and tasy corn, wrapped up and steamed in a corn husk. I...More

2  Thank Susan R
Reviewed 19 June 2015 via mobile

Historic building in the more industrial area of Albuquerque makes this place unique. It's not a sit-down place, nor does it have an extensive menu, but it has my favorite cheese enchiladas for sure! If you are not native New Mexican, you may want to...More

1  Thank ArdethsGal
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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
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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