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El Modelo Mexican Foods

1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This place is insane and a must! You're not a true New Mexican if you've not eaten here. My mouth is watering right now just thinking about it!

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Had the stuffed sopapilla for lunch, loaded with beef and cheese. Wonderful. You only need one, they are a lot of food. There is no indoor seating, only a courtyard with some tables. The folks taking orders where not used to helping new people. Very authentic place, I recommend you visit.

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Russellville, Arkansas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Went here with family while on vacation in abq. Its definitely off the beaten path and looks like something that wld be on diners drive-ins and dives. 3 of us got the tamale plate which is supposed to come with beans and rice but as far as I could tell, did not. I cant say that i really missed them... More 

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Placitas, New Mexico
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

After a afternoon hike on the bosque trail, my teen daughter and I decided to try El Modelo. It has been around for ages, and just the building and location hints at "something different", "go local". It is takeaway with outside tables located north and south of the building. I had a stuffed sopapilla and my daughter had cheese enchilada... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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86 reviews 86 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I had tried to eat at El Modelo the last time I was in Albuquerque but I picked the one night when they are closed. I was luckier this time. Easy to get to, right across the street from Old Town Albuquerque. Typical menu items but very tasty and well made. This just added to the problem I have when... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I love this joint. Been there 11 times. The Huevos Rancheros are so good, that I have not tried anything else. Not sure, but it seems like I'm eating 3 pounds of food....Huevos, beans, pork, lettuce, green chili and tortillas. You will be satiated. And the prices represent a great value.

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Albuquerque NM
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49 reviews 49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I've eaten their food many times. It's cheap, tasty, but way too hot. Sorry. Time to get an order varies considerably.

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St. Louis, Missouri
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Passing through New Mexico on our way home, we stayed at a hotel close to the interstate. We checked our El Modelo on TripAdvisor and Yelp and ratings were about 4 out of 5. It is located is a weird part of town – they close at 7 so it’s still daylight – LOL. It’s take out so that worked... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Wow!!! Takeout food with neighboring outside place to eat. Quality is nothing short of amazing!!!! I will be back...again and again and again...!!!

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Norwich, Connecticut
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Honest, authentic Mexican food, at a very affordable price. We had stuffed sopaipillas, enchiladas, and chile rellenos. Large portions. El Modelo is designed for take-out, but, have a nice picnic area. We are there and enjoyed it. I'll definitely return for more.

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Additional Information about El Modelo Mexican Foods

Address: 1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
Phone Number: 505-242-1843
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 5
Cuisine: Mexican, Spanish

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