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El Metate Tamale Factory

Mexican, Southwestern
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610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Colorado Springs
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This restaurant was a great find! Friendly service, delicious food. The best red sauce I've eaten. Be sure to eat here if you're in Gallup.

Thank Nick M
White House, TN
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95 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Read reviews and was very excited to find a "hole in the wall" with good food.We often seek out the local fare that has great food, and don't care about atmosphere. Sounded very much what we often seek, I agree the service was friendly, It is in a residential area, so don't be concerned you are in the wrong area... More 

Thank shawclan
Washington, D.C.
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142 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled on this great tamale and Mexican food place. Cheap, fast and delicious pit stop on our drive from Albuquerque to Telluride.

Thank Docterloeb
Olympia, Washington
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150 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have had lots of Mexican food, and my favorite is lengua tacos, so we love the traditional. We went based on Trip Advisor reviews. This was so awesome. Hubs had the enchiladas, I had the tamale plate. Both were the best ever. Owner Carlos was so friendly and says he gets customers from all over the world based on... More 

1 Thank Foodie T
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

My husband and I always stop at El Metate for dinner when we are driving through Gallup. I'm not usually partial to tamales, but these are exceptional. The cornmeal exterior is light and almost fluffy and the filling very flavorful. I usually get vegetarian filling and my husband gets pork or beef. The enchiladas are also very good, as well... More 

1 Thank Peggy R
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

This place is tucked away on a corner in a neighborhood. This place has excellent service. If you want authentic Mexican American food..this is the place to go. Family ran..this place is top notch...Above average customer service. Above average everything. Huge portions, will not walk away hungry. Excellent staff. Be sure to make this a place to eat at while... More 

Thank Billy G
Oakdale, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Great flavor, service. Had the tamale plate. Quite tasty. Beans and rice were delicious. Not much on ambiance but don't let that prevent you from having a good meal.

Thank RCadmus
Lisbon, Portugal
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77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

A few streets off of Route 66 this small eatery offered wide selection of Mexican foods. Purchased pork and vegetable tamales. The pork good and vegetable not so good. Vegetable made with frozen vegetables corn peas medley. Purchased frozen pork and chicken tamales to go.

Thank lisboa09
Saint Louis, Missouri
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Not much to look at from the outside and while driving there I thought this would be inside someone's home. Turns out that isn't too far from the truth, but the atmosphere is not the reason to come here. I ordered a tamale plate with shredded pork and green chili chicken tamales. I would have liked to get them covered... More 

Thank Gene S
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

Sure enough, this place is in a residential neighborhood and looks like the kind of restaurant you'd skip, leaving it for the locals to enjoy. I went in anyway, hearing the food was good. Maybe eight well spaced tables in the place, and I found just three of them taken. The owner immediately greeted and seated me. My Coke came... More 

Thank Gregbuquerque

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Gallup
  • Phone Number: 505-722-7000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?