Second Street Café

Located in the Historic Hotel Ottumwa



Our History

Opening in 1936 as “The Pink Pig,” this cafe was billed as “the smartest coffee shop West of Chicago!” At that time, Ottumwa offered over 30 eateries to serve the thriving downtown. Notable establishments were “The Koffee Kup,” “The Pantry,” “Kide’s Cafe,” “Nieswanger’s,” “Swenson Bakeries,” and “Dupies.” “Canteen Lunch in the Alley” is the only remaining link to Ottumwa’s gastronomic past. “The Pink Pig” closed in 1969, but saw many other ventures come and go since. In 1999, after a new front and remodeling, we reopened as the “2nd Street Cafe” – serving the best quality food with old-fashioned service makes us a popular choice for the entire family! Thanks for joining us and please become a frequent guest at our cafe!

Breakfast Menu

Breakfast - Served Anytime


The Classics

Traditional Breakfast $8

Two eggs cooked to order with choice of bacon, sausage or ham, served with toast and choice of fresh fruit or hash brown potatoes.

Farmers Breakfast $10

Two eggs cooked to order, 2 slices of bacon and 2 sausage patties, served with toast and choice of fresh fruit or hash brown potatoes.

Steak and Eggs $14

6-ounce ribeye steak grilled to your liking, with three eggs made to order, toast, and choice of fresh fruit or hash brown potatoes. 10-ounce ribeye – $20.

Country Fried Steak
and Eggs $13

Hand cut and breaded USDA sirloin steak fried to a golden brown with country sausage gravy, served with three eggs, toast and choice of fresh fruit or hash brown potatoes.

Hotel Hash $6

Two eggs served over a bed of hash browns, covered with country sausage gravy and crowned with two slices of bacon.

Biscuits with gravy $5

2 fresh biscuits with country sausage gravy. Half order – $4.

Build an Omelet $9

Three eggs whipped into a fluffy omelet with your choice of three ingredients served with toast and jelly. Additional vegetable & cheese $. 75 Additional meat $1. Green peppers, Avocado, Onions, Tomatoes, Black Olives, Jalapeno, Mushrooms, Pepperjack, American, Sliced, Cheddar, Shredded Cheddar, Sliced Swiss, Taco beef, Sausage, Bacon, Ham.




Dinners served with Texas toast and garden salad.

Country Fried Steak $13

USDA Choice sirloin steak hand cut and breaded, fried to a golden brown, served with mashed potatoes and covered with Creamy country gravy.

Ribeye Steak $15

USDA ribeye steak cut in house and cooked to your
liking. Served with a choice of potato. Choose from
6 ounce – $15 – 10 ounce $20.

Spaghetti Dinner $7

A mound of tender spaghetti noodles covered with rich marinara sauce – Add ground beef or Italian sausage – $8.

Macaroni & Cheese $10

  • Macaroni noodles served in a creamy cheese sauce – $8.
  • With bacon or diced ham – $9
  • With sautéed onions, green peppers and choice of ham or bacon – $10.

Chicken Strip Dinner $13

Three Chicken Strips with ranch dressing served with a choice of potato.

Butterfly Shrimp Dinner $16

Six ounce butterfly shrimp with a crunchy panko breading deep fried to a golden brown, served with cocktail sauce and a choice of potato.



Dessert Drinks

Mud Slide $7

Vodka, kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Cream blended with sweet ice cream and served in a glass drizzled with chocolate syrup.

Strawberry Cream Smoothie $5

Strawberry puree blended with ice cream and topped with whipped cream.

*Add Vodka or Rum – $7

Key Lime Pie $5

A creamy blend of lime juice with ice cream in a glass rimmed with graham cracker crumbs and garnished with lime.

*Add Vodka- 7




  • Bottle beer
  • Bud Light
  • Budweiser
  • Michelob Ultra
  • Miller Lite
  • Bud Select
  • Coors Light
  • Rolling Rock
  • Corona Extra
  • Heineken

Draft beer/cider/ale

  • Bud Light
  • Scarlet Pine Red Ale
  • Miller Lite
  • Big Grove IPA
  • Blue Moon
  • Ace Perry Cider
  • Guiness
  • Blonde Fatale
  • Stella Artois
  • Yoga Poser Pale Ale


  • White Zinfandel
  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling
  • Cabernet Sauvignon