Each trip to Iowa includes a stop in what has to be southeast Iowa's favorite- the Canteen in Ottumwa. You are not here for the surroundings, although while waiting for your canteen sandwich (loose steamed hamburger and onions) read the newspaper clippings and photos of FDR. Homemade pies and buns. The Canteen is an Ottumwa staple- so much so a parking garage was built over it after fears of moving the diner sparked national outrage. An Ottumwa and Iowa classic.
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