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El Metate Tamale Factory

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610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
505-722-7000
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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We were traveling through and were hungry. This place has good reviews. So we went there and it is a little drive from the highway, but it's totally worth. She made us fresh tamales, and it was the best I've ever had.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Avon, Indiana
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Avon, Indiana
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72 reviews 72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We were traveling through and were hungry. This place has good reviews. So we went there and it is a little drive from the highway, but it's totally worth. She made us fresh tamales, and it was the best I've ever had.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Transmission problems landed us overnight in Gallup and gave us the opportunity to discover Metate's restaurant. What a find, great down home Mexican food. The huevos rancheros were delicious and the eggs were perfect. The shredded beef gordita was excellent as well. Even the beans and rice were great! This is a small friendly family run spot .If you're looking... More 

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Deming, New Mexico
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This place is very small and hard to find, but well worth the trip. Family owned and operated, even down to the children, it's what dining out used to be about. The food was wonderful and the tamales were the best my wife has ever eaten.

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

We ordered a la carte, each selecting the chorizo and egg burrito (fantastic!) and a tamale. The chorizo had incredible flavor, and what a treat to find fresh homemade tamales at a restaurant.

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Conroe
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

So glad I looked at Trip Advisor. This place has great food! We ordered tacos, shrimp fajitas, steak fajitas and the tamale combo. Everything was delicious. The sweet lady that waited on us had a warm smile and was accommodating. Fresh food with REAL Mexican cheese. Tamale wasn't dry and I asked for both red and green sauce on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great food,service was fabulous. Budget friendly while no sacrifice in quality. Definitely off the beat & path but worth the extra turns off the main drag.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Food had good flavor and taste. Clean, but the service was poor. It was okay, but my family was a little disappointed for being ranked high.

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Monticello, Utah
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This little gem stands out in Gallups desert of places to eat. Homemade chips and spicy green salsa, tamales, carnitas and vieja ropa. ALL delicious !

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is the only "mexican" restaurant in town that uses the cheeses and combinations that are traditionally found south of the border. They do ol' mexico food and New Mexico chili sauces, if you haven't had enough of them yet. The fish tacos and shrimp tacos are great. Friendly people. The furnishings are simple. Because you are off the main... More 

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

How did anyone first find this restaurant? When I knew we'd be driving through Gallup, New Mexico (a city mentioned in the iconic song "Route 66"), I researched where to eat there. This place got glowing online reviews, so we decided to go. Luckily we had a GPS, because it is in a residential area way off the main highway,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Gallup
  • Phone Number: 505-722-7000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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