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“Genuine Mexican little changed in 60 years, and worth traveling for ... .” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Modelo Mexican Foods

El Modelo Mexican Foods
1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
505-242-1843
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Ranked #32 of 1,499 restaurants in Albuquerque
Price range: $5 - $5
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish
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Fort Collins
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Genuine Mexican little changed in 60 years, and worth traveling for ... .”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

This is a carry out restaurant that I have been visiting regularly since 1951. Several years ago a new owner took over and changed a few of the recipes, but the essentials have not changed at all. The first impression is from being able to see the kitchen and watch your order prepared in an absolutely spotless kitchen. Has always been this way.

Order the combination plate if this is a first visit. A tremendous amount of food for the price, and not limited to what you will see in the normal tourist establishment. This is real Mexican food, done properly. After the combo plate, try their stuffed sopapilla and it may just cure your need for a hamburger!

Don't worry about the neighborhood being old and industrial. The south parking lot has picnic tables to eat at if wanted. Newr picnic tables on the north side as well.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tijeras, New Mexico
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155 reviews 155 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“Tamale Heaven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011 via mobile

Go for the fabulous tamales!!!!!!
The other foods are rather disappointing they have only outdoor seating burritos, tacos better elsewhere, but they are the King of Tamales!!! We buy them by the dozens.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Worth
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Excellent for breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

Huevos rancheros = fantastic! I would drive over an hour to eat breakfast here.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Durango, CO
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“My first stuffed sopapillas!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

Go figure, I have lived in the southwest for 17 years, green chilli is as essential to me as air and water, and I never got around to having a stuffed sopapilla until this month. Well, it was worth the wait, and what a cool establishment, been there since 1929, efficient, quality, character, this place is as much a must visit as the Frontier restaurant up on central. An ABQ classic!

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Los Lunas, New Mexico
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“BEST TAMALES BY FAR”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

I've been a fan of El Modelo since I was a kid. Every year at Christmas time Granddad would take us down to buy tamales, my wife and I have carried on the tradition with our daughters for 25 years!

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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