Ottumwa, Iowa is home to one of the state’s greatest hidden dining gems – and we mean seriously hidden because it blends into an industrial alleyway. But those who step inside the historic Canteen Lunch in the Alley will find a slice of Iowa history – and a slice of some of the state’s best pie to go with their meal. Coming up on a hundred years in business, this old-school lunch counter is still surprising visitors.

Have you found your way to this hidden gem in Ottumwa? Let us know in the comments section where you fall on the heated cheese-vs-no-cheese debate – and which pie flavor you’ll never leave without trying. Canteen Lunch in the Alley is open six days a week, so visit their website for more information and drop by when you’re in town!

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