El Modelo Mexican Foods
1715 Second Street SW
Albuquerque NM, 87102
8am – 6:45pm
El Modelo Mexican Food has been around since the 30’s making homemade tortillas and tamales. Located on 2nd street right off of Bridge street, El Modelo’s catered to the railroad repair shop workers across the street until the shop closed down in the 70’s. Today El modelo’s is an Albuquerque institution, known for its fresh tamales and tortillas.
El Modelo’s is a take out restaurant offering no place to eat just a bench and a couple of tables in an outside patio. You place an order at the counter and wait to be called. Food is modestly served in butcher paper and food containers. Although El Modelo’s is always busy, the orders usually come out very fast.
El Modelo’s is known for their masa(dough) used for making tamales and white corn tortillas. The menu features dinner plates, specialties such as tamale compuesto (a tamale topped with red chile, meat, lettuce, cheese and tostada chips), special made burritos and side orders. I usually get a dozen of tamales and the stuffed sopaipilla plate. Their food is excellent and very consistent. If you don’t know what to order just get the Mexican plate which comes with a tamale, taco, enchilada, spare rib and rice and beans. If you are ordering for a group El Modelo’s serves their food al la carte in pint and quart containers. El Modelo’s prices are a little expensive compared to other places.
El Modelo’s offers good food, friendly service and a look in to Albuquerque’s history. If you haven’t tried El Modelo’s, the trip is well worth it.