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El Modelo Mexican Foods

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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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Broussard, Louisiana
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We got a tip from the rental car place about this restaurant. This is a take out only place. It was very busy the whole time we were there too with almost all locals. They do have picnic tables on the side if you want to stay there and eat. I had the Carnitas Burrito and the red chili sauce... More 

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San Diego
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You want authentic, its here! best Posole i have ever had! The stuffed sopapilla are a must try, and ohhh, the breakfast burrito!!

Thank PlumberGreg
Winfield, Alabama
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2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I got the tamale plate. Portion was huge. Way too much for me. 2 people could easily share this. There's 3 in a plate...swimming in red sauce with a lot of lettuce and a tiny bit of cheese on top. Service was good & friendly. Very busy place so something there must be really awesome. Doubt it's the tamale plate.

Thank YogsTam
Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We usually just order a bulk of their tamales which I think are some of the best anywhere, but this time we ate there and the food was very good and the portions larger that any other restaurant I have been to. We split one order and did not even come close to finishing it, (#1 Mexican). A off the... More 

Thank James G
San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is great, the prices are low, the portions are large, and I have no complaints. We were in town for balloon fiesta and are so glad we stopped in for breakfast on our way out. This place will be a must-stop the next time we're in town! Ordered the huevos rancheros and it was big enough for two.... More 

Thank work4weekends27
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85 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 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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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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68 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $5
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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?