We were there for business and all decided to try the loose meat sandwiches....by far the best we have had in a long time!!! Chocolate malts were delicious also!
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As I long time fan of the loose meat sandwich, I scanned various reviews on the Internet for the best one in Iowa. Canteen Lunch kept coming up, so my husband and I stopped on a late Saturday afternoon for dinner. Wow! This place is...More
This place has been in Ottumwa longer that I have been alive (68 years). It is so much an icon that the city build a parking ramp OVER it rather than demolish it. My only disappointment is they still have not got the health Department...More
My wife told me about this spot as we were heading from KC to Chicago, as she is a "loose meat afficionado" and we decided that we MUST STOP HERE FOR LUNCH. I'm so happy we did, as this spot has been keeping history alive...More
It's a small but quaint place. seats less than 30 people. Sit down and order a great old fashioned loose meat sandwich with what ever you like. have too if your real hungry. Have some pie too. It's all homemade! Great place for a fast...More
My husband, son and I grabbed a quick lunch at the Canteen. The sandwich was delicious along with the milkshake and homemade dessert.
The menu is on the wall, but don't bother studying it too hard. As soon as we sat down at the counter, the waitress asked what we wanted on our canteens. A "canteen" is a crumbled-beef sandwich on a large bun, wrapped in white paper....More
This OLD AS GOD small concrete block building, under a downtown parking garage, (!!) has been serving one of Iowa's favorite sandwiches, (otherwise known as MaidRites but without the corporate hassles and fees of an actual franchise) forever. Other reviewers tell about the loose meat...More