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El Modelo Mexican Foods

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
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1715 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4505
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Passing through Albuquerque and wanting real Mexican food as opposed to East coast, chain places WOW WOW WOW. Tamales are best we have ever tasted. Same for cheese and chicken enchiladas. I doubt there is anything not wonderful. Strictly carryout or enjoy outside at their picnic tables.

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Rutland, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had the pork tamale and the stuffed sopaipilla. They were wonderful! Personally the sopaipilla had such amazing beans that were perfectly seasoned I would go here daily if they were anywhere near me. So glad we tried. Since 1929- and you can taste why. Outdoor picnic tables near parking lot only. No indoor seating. Take out only.

Thank annieb003
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Awesome food good prices. Sopapillas and red chile enchiladas are the best in town! Call in your order before hand!

Thank Michelle R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Was in ABQ on business trip. A coworker suggested this place....I was not disappointed. This place is very unassuming from the outside...looks like something outta way South Mexico where you but a kilo of tortillas and they wrap it in paper. I was very impressed by the sopaipillas..these fluffy tortilla hybrids are deep fried puffy goodness which you can have... More 

Thank pablonunezjr
Herndon, Va
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Basically a take-out place but it has a number of tables outside that are usually a pleasant place to eat, even in summer. There is a wide variety of Mexican items and several combination plates. There is absolutely no place to eat inside and I did not see a restroom (I didn't ask, either). Every food item our group ordered... More 

Thank rldonovan
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

This is some of the best food in Albuquerque. We picked up a large take-out order for 6 people and everything was great. We have never had a bad meal from El Modelo. We suggest getting takeout since there are no public restrooms and it's too hot to sit outside. Great food at a great price.

Thank Michelle W
Managua, Nicaragua
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

I ordered the Tamales Special and a drink for $10. The portions are huge. The service was quick and everybody was nice. It was spicy and good. But be ready to eat outside. There are some decent picnic type tables right outside and when it's 105 degrees, it is not pleasant.

Thank Rose Mary G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Best tamales we've ever had! Huge servings. Also got the green chilies bean burrito & it was the best. Counter service with some outdoor picnic tables.

Thank 664suzannec
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Excellent tamales. Sit on the outside benches for a fast lunch. Great take out for a crowd. Burritos, tacos, tortillas.

Thank Mastersj
Hobbs, New Mexico
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Quick service, The food was authentic. I had the stuffed sopapilla and the flavors were great. Friendly staff and nice picnic area.

Thank Katrat60

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $5
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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

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