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El Modelo Mexican Foods

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Mexican, Southwestern
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1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
+1 505-242-1843
07:00 - 19:00
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Amarillo, Texas
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

I found this place online and ever since the first visit haven't forgot about how amazing the food is! My favorite is the enchilada dish. Love the chips. Bottled cokes is a bonus. At times I want to drop everything and make a trip to Alb just to order food from here. Of course every place has their cons and... More 

1 Thank Persephanie33
Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2015

My husband and were making our way back from Grand Canyon to Ohio. We stopped in Albaquerque for dinner, I wanted authenic tamales. El Modelo's came up with high reviews. It's a little out of the way, but both my husband and I both agree it is worth the trip and the wait. We had the best tamales we have... More 

3 Thank J W
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2015 via mobile

My girlfriend is from Georgia and when she moved to Albuquerque she wanted some good New Mexican food. I took her to El Modelo and suggested the carne adovada and a sopapilla and she is now hooked on them. We go quite often because she gets the craving. We've tried other places around Albuquerque but this is our favorite.

2 Thank Seth M
Plano, Texas
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43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2015

I enjoyed El Modelo. So did our dog with whom we were able to enjoy the company of on the picnic tables beside the parking area (there are more on the other side) The meals are huge. I ordered the Mexican platter (less than $10) - tostada, chili spare rib, tamale, enchilada with beans, rice, chili w/ meat and 2... More 

3 Thank Didi P
Memphis, Tennessee
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2015

A dozen pork tamales with red chili, refried beans, Mexican rice, chips and salsa. Tamales are large with lots of meat with a thin layer of masa. The refrieds and rice were excellent. Chips and salsa are a great accompaniment. Two tamales are more than a meal for an adult. Four adults and two children. Plenty of leftovers for lunch... More 

1 Thank Van S
Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States
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300 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2015

After a tiring day on the road, we wanted Mexican, and searched Trip Adviser for something close to our hotel. El Modelo seemed high on the list, so we headed over. We thought it would be a place to sit down and relax, well . . . sort of. The place is carry-out, with some picnic tables on the edge... More 

Thank Judy C
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85 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2015 via mobile

We ordered the ribs, a special (pork) burrito, a stuffed sopapilla, and some guacamole. Although there are some outside tables, we like most patrons, carried our food out (and our order must have weighed 5 lb). The ribs and burrito were both fairly spicy, but had good flavor. I ordered the sopapilla based on reviews here and the recommendation of... More 

1 Thank stilltravellingSC
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2015

WOW. I had Red Chile Ribs-awesome flavor, moist fall off the bone ribs with just the right amount of spice for lunch. They came smothered in red chile and accompanied by a few tortilla Chips. Others in my Take Out party had stuffed Sopapillas, Green Chile Stew, Burritos etc and it was all amazing, I cant wait to get back,... More 

2 Thank Danny S
West New York, New Jersey
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144 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2015

We went by someone's recommendation and we weren't disappointed! This place looks like a take-out place with some outdoor seating on the side of the restaurant. But I think most people came in, picked up food and ate them elsewhere. It was a bit chilly in the shade while we were there but we chose to sit outside anyway. The... More 

2 Thank Aimz78
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 5
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?