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“Wow! Great food!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Metate Tamale Factory

El Metate Tamale Factory
Ranked #14 of 99 Restaurants in Gallup
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Sunbury, Ohio
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132 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Wow! Great food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

The place is an eyesore and the neighborhood is a little rough, but this place is a diamond in the rough. The cook was also the waiter and was very helpful. This authentic Mexican resturant hand makes everything from the chips to the tortillas. Everything was wonderful!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PoliSciGuy24
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Sedalia, Missouri
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Best meal I have had in years! The chicken tamales were amazing! Chips and green salsa was great. Yes this place is in a rough residential neighborhood and there is no good place to park but all of that is forgiven with the first bite!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LongDogRanch
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Redondo Beach, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“DELISHOUS!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This place is legit. Family owned and operated, they make almost everything from scratch, including the tortillas, chips and hot [--] green salsa.
The location is in a residential neighborhood and the place itself is an old house. Though not much to look at, it was clean and they were friendly and awesome.
I highly recommend them if you are in the mood for good homemade Mexican while passing through Gallup, NM!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JennSnyder7
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Palm Springs, California
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146 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“really?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

Not understanding how this place has received such a high rating! We usually love off the beaten track finds but this was not worthy. It was clean but just felt shabby. We have been in many similar in Mexico that were much more inviting. Since this is a "tamale factory" we decided to have a few on our lunch stop Great bargain at $1.50 each. They would be close to $10 on a platter. The chips and green salsa were very good and seemed homemade My husbands chicken tamales were fine. Nothing special, little spicy. I had vegetable tamales. Amazed to find the filling looked like canned peas and carrots. Very fine dice. And a few kernels of corn Served with scattering of limp chopped lettuce and diced tomato on the plate for garnish. The most un-Mexican tamale I've ever had
Amazed at the reviews this has received

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bon1111
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Langley, Washington
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The real deal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

We were passing thru Gallup and found this little place via TA. Its high rating is well deserved! One of us had the pork tamales and just about licked the plate clean. I had the steak rancheros-- spicy and delicious. Generous portions, friendly staff!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Madeline O
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