As strange as it may sound we've already read about people who take up the heroic task of documenting the various bathrooms they use on their travels. From the fascinating yet often disgusting Toilets of New York to the boring blandness that makes up the locations photographed for the Bathrooms of UCSD blog there is something out there for anyone who is interested into take a peek at the world’s huge variety of public bathrooms – if anyone else out there even is!
The new guy on the block is Table and Throne, a blog that tells us the only thing we’d ever want to know when planning a trip to a restaurant in San Francisco; are the bathrooms any good? Ok, before the detailed bathroom review you do get to find out if the food is any good. There’s little point in going to a restaurant if the food and drink that’s going to make you go to the bathroom is a bit rubbish to begin with. Nobody ever said; “Hey, the food sucks in this restaurant but I'm going to keep coming here just because I absolutely love the bathrooms!” and if they did then you probably want to reconsider being their friend.
So, you end up with a blog that discusses the food quality and atmosphere of a restaurant in the same vein as it talks about whether the bathroom is worth taking a leak in. You get to find out how big the bathroom is, what the décor is like, the temperature, how clean it is and if there are any tunes being pumped into there so you can tap your foot while standing at the urinal. Some bathrooms, like those in the Salt House, make you travel through a warren of corridors before you finally reach the throne; others, like The Loring Café, have gorgeous bathrooms that look like a bathroom that a “Spanish version of Bilbo Baggins” would own.
As snarky as I'm being this is a good idea as going to the bathroom is very much a part of the overall restaurant experience. The big question remains though; if the food, décor and atmosphere of a restaurant was all top notch but the bathrooms were awful, would you still go? Maybe the best food in the world isn’t worth the sudden shock of running out of toilet roll.