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El Metate Tamale Factory

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Mexican, Pub
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610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
505-722-7000
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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    Very good
  • 7
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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
Excellent Tamales

Lite on the masa and very tasty! Enjoyed both the red and green sauces. Buried in a residential area, don't think you're lost. Clean and bright inside and run by a friendly family.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Enchilada and tamale filling = peas, carrots, corn, and green beans. How disappointing to drive this far to get Mexican food from a bag of frozen mixed veg. When this happens in Fargo or Amsterdam, I'm not surprised. Although it was very disappointing, the masa and tortillas were tasty enough, as was the green salsa that came with the chips.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I was expecting more given the normal good reviews I get on Tripadvisor. This place had one cook, one wait person, and two kids manning the register. Food was average. service slow.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Lite on the masa and very tasty! Enjoyed both the red and green sauces. Buried in a residential area, don't think you're lost. Clean and bright inside and run by a friendly family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We decided to eat in the town instead of at the chain restaurants near our hotel. El Metate is in a residential area mostly. So, you might think you're lost when you are looking for it. It is pretty spare inside, but it's clean and it wasn't crowded. The waiter was very nice. The food was really good and New... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

It's really hard to say anything positive about a place when it's impossible to get service. I walked in and everyone in the restaurant stared at me. No one offered to seat me, tell me what the process was for obtaining food, or offered any other sort of assistance. After about five uncomfortable minutes of not being acknowledged I decided... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

Coming from CO to az we decided to stop and eat lunch vs. going through a fast food drive thru...saw that this place is #2 on trip advisor... it was delicious!!! Glad we stopped!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

....but I was so wrong! El Metate is the Real McCoy, (or the Real Enchildada). Mmmmm.... SO good! I can't wait to go back again and again and again. My advice? Eat here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Why isn't this place #1 in Gallup? From the exterior, it doesn't look like much but do yourself a favor and go inside! It's an older house turned restaurant run by a couple. The food is AMAZING! We got the combo platter with both red and green chili. Perfection. We loved it so much that we ordered two more tamales... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We started out at here but after a child gave menus, drinks and chips, then no one took our order for over 10 minutes; Others around us waiting as well, we left. We Had people next to us (locals) say they're slow because "they only had the two of them" I assume couple who owns it cooking in the back,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Needed a bite to eat, so checked Trip Advisor as always. Intrigued by the reviews, we stopped in. It is in an older neighborhood in a converted house. The menu is impressive. To keep things easy, a lot is pre-prepared and warmed when ordered, but that doesn't take away from the amazing quality and flavors. A MUST TRY is the... More 

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

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Pub

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