1715 2nd St Sw
Albuquerque, NM 87102

El Modelo Mexican Food

Neighborhoods: Barelas
Cuisine: Mexican, Lunch, Breakfast

Offer Available!
"Good food"
"Outdoor seating in the sun and wind. And only a few park-type tables at that."
"Great carry out. Long lines, good food. $$$$ but worth it."
  • 9/05/2017

    A Mexican chowhound from Grand Prairie, TX tried it and liked it. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 12/24/2016

    A Mexican food lover from Santa Fe, NM tried it.

  • 7/07/2016

    A diner from Albuquerque, NM tried it and liked it.

  • 7/19/2016

    A dining patron from Woodland, CA tried it.

  • 5/14/2016

    A diner from Vallejo, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 2/12/2016

    A dining patron from Albuquerque, NM tried it.

  • 11/14/2015

    A diner from West Liberty, IA tried it and liked it. They liked the food.

  • 9/22/2015

    A diner from CO tried it.

  • 7/10/2015

    A dining patron from Albuquerque, NM tried it.

  • 6/30/2015

    A diner from Espanola, NM tried it and liked it. They liked the food.

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 Albuquerque, NM

Great food, great prices

I love El Modelo because it is located in a part of Albuquerque that is historic. I love that they have never moved from where they first started. Their food is great. Their Tamales are exceptional and when my family doesn’t want to make our own, we go to El Modelo. Their beans are good, chile good and spicy with chorizo. This place is completely authentic and has barely changed since I was a kid. I have fond family memories of ordering from El Modelo.

The food is not good for the cholesterol, please be warned, but for an occassional treat, it’s perfect. The staff is always friendly and I have seen people come from all over just to eat at El Modelo. I always take friends who are new to the area there just to get them started.

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 Albuquerque, NM

An Albuquerque Institution!

This is old style New Mexico eating. Carry-out only and always a line. Excellent tamales which most buy by the dozen. My favorite dinner is the bean burrito plate. Three burritos with a unique sauce.

Burrito Plate


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 Albuquerque, NM


If you guys didn’t know El Modelo has mice, and roaches! A couple of weeks ago I went and purchased a stuffed sopaipilla the place is filthy I saw a mice trap underneath the counter, and to top it off my food had a roach nasty place I will never go back again~~!!!!!!

January 25, 2010

Good Mexican food

Authentic mexican foods and the tortillas are to die for. Wait time is a little long but well worth it!
December 27, 2009

El Modelo Mexican Foods is amazing

Food is amazing. Great place to walk up and get a quick bite to eat. The prices are amazing for the amount of food that you get. It's no wonder they have been an Albuquerque favorite for so very long!

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El Modelo Mexican Food is located near the cities of Old Town, University Of New Mexico, and Unm.
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