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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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Herndon, Va
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57 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Arlington, Virginia
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79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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5 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
Jackson, Mississippi
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

All I can say Isomething their tamales are awesome. The food is fantastic. Always busy. Call ahead. A local legend. Don't miss it.

Thank lisasparks58
Alexandria, Virginia
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127 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

I can only vouch for the breakfast menu. But this place is by far the best hole in the wall. The carne adovada is BEST IN NEW MEXICO. By the pint, burrito, plato. Whatever. It is fantastic.

Thank JonS959
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79 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is a hidden gem that you'd never know about unless the locals tell you. So far, I've only tried the Stuff Sopaipilla but I am hooked on it. Extremely reasonable prices, no nonsense menu, fast service, and plenty enough to eat. If you leave there hungry, that's your own fault. Great place to grab lunch on a budget...I just... More 

Thank shauste
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

I ordered the Hot Tamales and I wasn't disappointed. The prices were great and the quality of the food was outstanding.

Thank charleswoods84

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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?