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Canteen Lunch In The Alley

112 1/2 E 2nd St, Ottumwa, IA 52501-2925
+1 641-682-5320
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pies” (14 reviews)
“sandwich” (27 reviews)
“sloppy joe” (5 reviews)
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American, Fast food
112 1/2 E 2nd St, Ottumwa, IA 52501-2925
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Discovered this unusual restaurant by accident. We were staying at the Hotel across the street when we saw a sign stating that this restaurant was " under the Parking Ramp" out back.From there on we had to explore this property. And wow what a discovery....More

Thank Iowatravelman
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

We were visiting Ottumwa and a family member brought us to this restaurant. It is small, seats about 20-25 in a counter diner type seating. I tried the burger with cheese and everything on it. It was delicious. A little messy but they give you...More

1  Thank my_travel_th0ughts
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

A must try when in Ottumwa. Great sandwiches and milkshakes! Homemade pies are delicious too. Small space but great taste!

Thank Tanya R
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Loose meats can be purchased anywhere but THE CANTEEN has been serving their special loose meats since before World War 2 and it looks like it! Yes, it is a small building...stools surround the steamer where the meat is cooked and dished into buns, wrapped...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Never had a bad visit here. Only "fast food" my kids will consistently eat. The ladies have been working here since I was little and they know what they are about.

Thank cwhennen
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The Canteen is a wonderfully delicious place to eat! They will serve your loose meat sandwich any way you want it!

Thank grammylynn2001
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Canteen is a MUST eat at place in Ottumwa. So interestingly tucked under a parking structure...town wouldn't let it be raised!!

Thank ronald4206
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Like usual, its nice to step back to something not so fancy. Sandwiches and milkshakes are delicious. And waitresses are nice.

Thank clifflls
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This is one of the best places to eat in Ottumwa. It has been here for many, many years. A small and quant place to eat loose meat burgers, a bag of chips, coke and a slice of pie makes it worth the while to...More

Thank Rick B
Reviewed 30 January 2017

We were driving across Iowa on our way back from Colorado. We got off I-80 just past Des Moines to go to Ottumwa for lunch (and also visit the American Gothic House Museum in Eldon). It didn't really take us much out of our way...More

Thank CovingtonCat
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 112 1/2 E 2nd St, Ottumwa, IA 52501-2925
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ottumwa
  • Phone Number: +1 641-682-5320
  • E-mail
Features loose meat sandwiches.
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