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Canteen Lunch in the Alley

112-1/2 East 2nd Street, Ottumwa, IA - (641) 682-5320
Across the state of Iowa they are called loose-meats, Maid-Rites, and even taverns, but the town of Ottumwa is dedicated to the canteen. Established in the 1920s, Canteen Lunch in the Alley has been serving up loose-meat sandwiches, rich milkshakes/malts, and homemade pies to generations of local folks.
100% Approval Rating (9 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Canteen
Chocolate Malt
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Egg sandwich

Highlighted Reviews

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Chris & Amy Ayers - Photos (5)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Some call them taverns, others Maid-Rites, but those hungry for loose-meat sandwiches in Ottumwa are more likely to ask for a canteen instead. Canteen Lunch in the Alley has been around since the 1920s, serving up loose-meat sandwiches, rich milkshakes/malts, and ..."   [Read More]

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112-1/2 East 2nd Street, Ottumwa, IA
(641) 682-5320

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
This version of the loose-meat sandwich takes on the name of the establishment: the canteen.
"This version of the loose-meat sandwich takes on the name of the establishment: the canteen."
Chris & Amy Ayers





Real, honest, handmade malt.
"Real, honest, handmade malt."
Slakingfool


Egg Sandwich at Canteen Lunch in the Alley, with optional condiments.
"Egg Sandwich at Canteen Lunch in the Alley, with optional condiments."
Slakingfool


Where the meat meets the heat.
"Where the meat meets the heat."
Slakingfool


The calm before the lunch crowd, at Canteen Lunch in the Alley.
"The calm before the lunch crowd, at Canteen Lunch in the Alley."
Slakingfool


With a soft, buttery homemade crust, strawberry rhubarb pie is a piece of pure early summer bliss.
"With a soft, buttery homemade crust, strawberry rhubarb pie is a piece of pure early summer bliss."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Although the menu at the Canteen is pretty slim, it does include the option of shakes and malts.
"Although the menu at the Canteen is pretty slim, it does include the option of shakes and malts."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The interior of this Ottumwa eatery is just as cozy as it looks from the outside.
"The interior of this Ottumwa eatery is just as cozy as it looks from the outside."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Before the parking structure.  Have had the pleasure of eating here many times as a kid growing up in Ottumwa, Iowa.
"Before the parking structure. Have had the pleasure of eating here many times as a kid growing up in Ottumwa, Iowa."
yvette1961


Not only is the Canteen in an alley, but it is tucked underneath a parking structure!
"Not only is the Canteen in an alley, but it is tucked underneath a parking structure!"
Chris & Amy Ayers



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