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Canteen Lunch In The Alley

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112 1/2 E 2nd St, Ottumwa, IA
(641) 682-5320
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
delicious....

everyone has got to go to the canteen....famous in Ottumwa, Iowa.....have had visitors from all over United States, people that have grown up here, it is the first place they go....

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Cathy A
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Ottumwa, Iowa
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Ottumwa, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

everyone has got to go to the canteen....famous in Ottumwa, Iowa.....have had visitors from all over United States, people that have grown up here, it is the first place they go....

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Ottumwa, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The canteen is always a good choice. Fun, old fashioned environment. Staff is friendly, food is fantastic, prices are great. It's a must stop in kind of place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I grew up in the area so the Canteen is a long time favorite. We recently drove from St. Louis just to have lunch and then drive back home. Now that's a testimonial !!! These are the best loose meat burgers around! You can never eat just one and the local slang is "re-order" please. The home made pies are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

If you like nostalgia you'll love this place. It's a little hard to find but worth the effort! Fresh cooked right In front of you "maid right" type hamburgers, malts and great pies. cash only so stop at the bank!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Best loose beef sandwich . Very tiny place with old fashioned horseshoe counter and spinning stools. My family loves it. Save room for their malts or slice of homemade pie. Yum!

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

My son-in-law loves a (3) Canteen sandwich. They are good but one is plenty for me. Great pie as well.

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Albia, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

the best loose meat hamburgers ever! I recommend a hamburger with everything and a chocolate malt! There isn't much for seating so you might have to wait but it is totally worth it!

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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

My in laws are from a nearby town. We had lunch there. My first time. It was fantastic!!! the Best loose meat sandwich ever!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait for our next visit to have another!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I grew in Ottumwa and the Canteen has always been the favorite place to eat for the locals. The loose meat hamburgers are one of a kind and you must have a "re-order" or you will regret not having a second one. The pies are home made if you have room for desert!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Yes, these are loose meat hamburgers, but soo good. Sloppy Joe without the sloppy. Love these burgers, cant visit O'town without visiting. Grew up eating them!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 112 1/2 E 2nd St, Ottumwa, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ottumwa
  • Phone Number: (641) 682-5320
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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