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El Metate Tamale Factory

610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
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Ranked #4 of 89 Restaurants in Gallup
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
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86% Recommend
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English first
Saint Louis, Missouri
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

7/27/2014 Outstanding! We were traveling through Gallup for just one night and found this on Yelp. Other reviews were right, it is in a residential neighborhood and it's not fancy at all. Owner was super friendly and very easy going. Four of us had the tamales and one had the fish tacos. Our only complaint was that we were too... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The service was great, the food was an excellent new experience because we had never tasted chilis such as these before. When asked what chilis were used, la duena couldn't name them & said they are chosen by sight ---learned from her elders! Autentico!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

This place is an absolute joke!!!!it is in a decrepit old building in a neighborhood ran by a woman and young boy who barely speak English. Food was bad and cold!!

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Fairport, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Passing through New Mexico for the first time and used trip advisor as a reference for a place to stop for lunch. This restaurant was authentic, clean and the food was delicious. It's a little hard to find but once you do you'll be glad you stopped. I ordered a vegetarian burrito (no beans) with red chile sauce and it... More

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El Paso, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Was referred to this Mexican restaurant by the hotel we are staying at. It was kind of hard to find this place, being in an older neighborhood of Gallup. Don't expect any fancy decorations or table settings. But the Mexican food was delicious and freshly prepared by this family owned place. Service was prompt and they brought our beverages right... More

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Katy, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

During a 4 Corners trip, my husband and I stopped in Gallup to shop for Indian jewelry. After reading restaurant reviews on both Trip Advisor and Yelp, we decided to try El Metate Tamale Factory. As other reviewers stated, this is not a place to choose for fine dining. However, if you would like to enjoy good comfort food in... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Looking for a place for dinner in Gallup, I checked my trusty " Trip Advisor" and again found a treasure. Like other reviewers stated it was located in a poorer neighborhood which many would overlook. I ordered the chicken gorditas and my husband had the asada dinner -both excellent choices. The salsa that came with the chips was very hot... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

You will not be disappointed here. Authentic and great Mexican food. Very friendly too! I've has the chile rellenos before...so good. This time a beef gordita...also very good. It sits in the middle of a neighborhood. Don't let that deter you.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

Found this place on TripAdvisor. It is nothing special to look at - sort of a run down building ... but the food was great and wait staff friendly. No alcohol served. I found the tamale to be a little dry, but everything else we ordered was outstanding. The waiter recommended the gorditas and he was right - delicious. Beef... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The chili rellano, chips and salsa, gorditas were excellent. The staff very nice, the place is out of the way, in an older, poor neighborhood. Try the Mexican Apple soda, it's very good.

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