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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
Homemade tamales!

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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43 reviews 43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 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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20 helpful votes 20 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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132 reviews 132 reviews
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384 helpful votes 384 helpful votes
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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Las Cruces
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The food was fresh and good..almost like homemade. Had green chile stew. Lots of parking available and the cashier made suggestions and knowledgeable about what and how the food is prepared.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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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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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