Call them loose-meats, taverns, or Maid Rites, the sandwiches at the Canteen are virtually unchanged for 80-plus years. Be prepared to wait. There are only so many round counter stools. Part of the fun is watching the ladies prepare the sandwiches. A cast iron steamer, custom made for the Canteen, sits in the center. The ambiance is a working-man's dream. You're not here to examine the wine list. Grab a seat, order a canteen, a malt (they too are home made) and a slice of pie (also home made). Sandwiches come dry, moist (a little grease) or wet (grease will drip off your elbow). On a good day the Canteen will serve 900 to a thousand sandwiches.
If you're in southern Iowa, head for the Canteen in Ottumwa.
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