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Good luck finding this place for the first time. El Modelo is tucked away on an industrial stretch of Second Street that seems an unlikely location for such a well-patronized joint. Not a sit-down restaurant, this is a production facility that does a brisk takeout business. The patio tables in the grass bordering the parking lot don’t offer a good view, but most folks don’t seem to want to wait any longer than they have to before tearing into their lunches. We suggest you swing by, pick up a six pack of El Modelo beer and take your El Modelo tamales back to the casa for a lunch that’s muy sabroso . Awarded Best Tamales in our restaurant polls. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)