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El Modelo Mexican Foods

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1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
505-242-1843
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
AMAZING!

I found this place online and ever since the first visit haven't forgot about how amazing the food is! My favorite is the enchilada dish. Love the chips. Bottled cokes is a bonus. At times I want to drop everything and make a trip to Alb just to order food from here. Of course every place has their... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Persephanie33
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Amarillo, Texas
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Amarillo, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I found this place online and ever since the first visit haven't forgot about how amazing the food is! My favorite is the enchilada dish. Love the chips. Bottled cokes is a bonus. At times I want to drop everything and make a trip to Alb just to order food from here. Of course every place has their cons and... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

My husband and were making our way back from Grand Canyon to Ohio. We stopped in Albaquerque for dinner, I wanted authenic tamales. El Modelo's came up with high reviews. It's a little out of the way, but both my husband and I both agree it is worth the trip and the wait. We had the best tamales we have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

My girlfriend is from Georgia and when she moved to Albuquerque she wanted some good New Mexican food. I took her to El Modelo and suggested the carne adovada and a sopapilla and she is now hooked on them. We go quite often because she gets the craving. We've tried other places around Albuquerque but this is our favorite.

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Plano, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I enjoyed El Modelo. So did our dog with whom we were able to enjoy the company of on the picnic tables beside the parking area (there are more on the other side) The meals are huge. I ordered the Mexican platter (less than $10) - tostada, chili spare rib, tamale, enchilada with beans, rice, chili w/ meat and 2... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

A dozen pork tamales with red chili, refried beans, Mexican rice, chips and salsa. Tamales are large with lots of meat with a thin layer of masa. The refrieds and rice were excellent. Chips and salsa are a great accompaniment. Two tamales are more than a meal for an adult. Four adults and two children. Plenty of leftovers for lunch... More 

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Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States
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241 reviews 241 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

After a tiring day on the road, we wanted Mexican, and searched Trip Adviser for something close to our hotel. El Modelo seemed high on the list, so we headed over. We thought it would be a place to sit down and relax, well . . . sort of. The place is carry-out, with some picnic tables on the edge... More 

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SC
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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

We ordered the ribs, a special (pork) burrito, a stuffed sopapilla, and some guacamole. Although there are some outside tables, we like most patrons, carried our food out (and our order must have weighed 5 lb). The ribs and burrito were both fairly spicy, but had good flavor. I ordered the sopapilla based on reviews here and the recommendation of... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

WOW. I had Red Chile Ribs-awesome flavor, moist fall off the bone ribs with just the right amount of spice for lunch. They came smothered in red chile and accompanied by a few tortilla Chips. Others in my Take Out party had stuffed Sopapillas, Green Chile Stew, Burritos etc and it was all amazing, I cant wait to get back,... More 

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West New York, New Jersey
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139 reviews 139 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We went by someone's recommendation and we weren't disappointed! This place looks like a take-out place with some outdoor seating on the side of the restaurant. But I think most people came in, picked up food and ate them elsewhere. It was a bit chilly in the shade while we were there but we chose to sit outside anyway. The... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

If you want authentic Mexican / Hispanic food, go to el Modelos! We had the no 1 combo which was a very large potion...8 lbs. the sauce is integrated into the dishes... Tamale had great thick shell, very good meat sauce... Chip good as well as tamale, enchilada and beef shank... And oh yea came with 2 large sopapillas.... Two... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Albuquerque
  • Phone Number: 505-242-1843

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 5
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Spanish
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?