Canteen Lunch In The Alley

★★★★★
  • 112 E 2ND St

    Ottumwa, IA 52501

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  • 641-682-5320

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1975 arni orders two with cheese cuzz we only had 45 mins to eat and run ...sweetst times ...please never let this die.....david life

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1975 arni orders two with cheese cuzz we only had 45 mins to eat and run ...sweetst times ...please never let this die.....david life

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I would give my right arm for a Canteen right about now. My Grandparents lived in Ottumwa and I visited as often as possible. I was actually born in Ottumwa, but moved to Texas 3 weeks later. I miss having the chance to 'go over town' and have a Canteen.

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I would give my right arm for a Canteen right about now. My Grandparents lived in Ottumwa and I visited as often as possible. I was actually born in Ottumwa, but moved to Texas 3 weeks later. I miss having the chance to 'go over town' and have a Canteen.

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I love the Canteen. My great-grandmother actually worked there more than 25 years ago. There's just something so special about the place that even as an adult, I thoroughly love eating here. The mouth-watering aroma hits you when you walk in. The cozy atmosphere and delicious food keeps you coming back for more. Don't try to recreate the Canteen burger at home; there's no chance that it'll be as perfect. Prices are great, family friendly. The only drawback that I could see is that it is very busy. However, you won't have long to wait before you can enjoy your delicious burger!

5
★★★★★

I love the Canteen. My great-grandmother actually worked there more than 25 years ago. There's just something so special about the place that even as an adult, I thoroughly love eating here. The mouth-watering aroma hits you when you walk in. The cozy atmosphere and delicious food keeps you coming back for more. Don't try to recreate the Canteen burger at home; there's no chance that it'll be as perfect. Prices are great, family friendly. The only drawback that I could see is that it is very busy. However, you won't have long to wait before you can enjoy your delicious burger!

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This tiny little restaurant has such nostalgia that the city parking ramp was built over and around it. The malts are great. The pies are delicious, especially the cream pies that are top with meringue.

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This tiny little restaurant has such nostalgia that the city parking ramp was built over and around it. The malts are great. The pies are delicious, especially the cream pies that are top with meringue.

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I grew up, eating "canteens" at the little place in the alley. I don't get back much, but I still think they're the best burgers I've ever had. They are "loose meat", served on enormous buns. To order just say "one with..."whatever condiments you want, and then add your chip and drink order. They make it before your eyes. Don't let the "greasy spoon" look of the place put you off. The burgers are great.

2
★★★★★

I grew up, eating "canteens" at the little place in the alley. I don't get back much, but I still think they're the best burgers I've ever had. They are "loose meat", served on enormous buns. To order just say "one with..."whatever condiments you want, and then add your chip and drink order. They make it before your eyes. Don't let the "greasy spoon" look of the place put you off. The burgers are great.

Pros: food, atmosphere, value

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Have not been back to have one since 1959....But I still miss the great taste..and friendly people...

2
★★★★★

Have not been back to have one since 1959....But I still miss the great taste..and friendly people...

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The Canteen is a cafe dating back to the earlier half of the 20th Century, mostly unchanged. The customer seats him or herself on stools at a U-shaped counter, and states what he/she would like to have on a loose-meat hamburger sandwich. The sandwiches are prepared immediately right there. Decor is original, and includes a map of the nation with push pins used for customers to identify where they traveled from. Any trip to town must include a visit to the Canteen!

2
★★★★☆

The Canteen is a cafe dating back to the earlier half of the 20th Century, mostly unchanged. The customer seats him or herself on stools at a U-shaped counter, and states what he/she would like to have on a loose-meat hamburger sandwich. The sandwiches are prepared immediately right there. Decor is original, and includes a map of the nation with push pins used for customers to identify where they traveled from. Any trip to town must include a visit to the Canteen!

Pros: Best sandwich, good parking, fast service

 

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