Poopin' Around Town

A guide to where to poop while out and about primarily in and around Boston, MA.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Hooters Of Boston - Boston, MA

Hooters Of Boston - 6.8

Most people are familiar with Hooters as a delightfully tacky, yet unrefined chicken wing joint that happens to have waitresses who are well endowed in the upper torso region. There aren't a ton of these in the northeast, only three in Massachusetts. This Hooters restaurant (Hooters of Boston makes it sound classy, no?) is located at 222 Friend Street, between Haymarket and North Station.

Location: After entering the restaurant, the bathrooms are in the back right area of the restaurant. Once in the back right corner, there is a door leading to the restrooms. After going through the door, the men's room will be in front of you and the ladies room farther to the left.
Grade: 6 out of 10

Accessibility: It should be incredibly easy to get access to the bathroom here. Once you walk into the restaurant, you are told you can sit wherever you'd like. You can pretty much make a bee-line for the promise land.
Grade: 10 out of 10

Number of Stalls: They only have one stall, though there are two urinals. Would have liked to have seen the second stall as there is room for it.
Grade: 5 out of 10

Stall Quality: The stall was nothing to write home about. It is definitely spacious though the toilet is a bit far off the ground for someone who is of average height.
Grade: 4 out of 10

Toiler Paper: They have dispensers for two gigantic, industrial style rolls. One was empty, but the 2/3 full dispenser should carry them for a while. It was two ply, but not particularly soft.
Grade: 7 out of 10

Cleanliness: It was a pretty clean bathroom, some normal wear and tear. Garbage can was huge and easily accessible next to the sinks.
Grade: 7 out of 10

Scent: I didn't notice a particular scent in this bathroom, certainly nothing awful. There was an automatic air freshener, though I wasn't sure it was functional, not a big worry.
Grade: 7 out of 10

Flush: Flush was fine here, standard flush per gallon ratio. It got stronger after the first second or two.
Grade: 8 out of 10

Aesthetics: While the bathroom itself is not too attractive, there are a few amenities that are definite pluses. They we're playing some classic rock that was audible through out the bathroom, might help pass the time if you're stuck a while. As well, directly above the stall, there is a TV that is sometimes on for a sporting event or just on ESPN. Last but not least, the sports section of the newspaper is hung above the urinals and could potentially be snuck into the stall if no one is standing at the urinal. It helps make up for the cold feeling the bathroom otherwise has.
Grade: 7 out of 10

The Bottom Line: This should be a target if you're in need and in the area. Easy to get in and out, even though the bathroom is in the back. While there is only one stall, if it's free you can sing freebird while reading the sports section, even if you're a bit short and your feet don't quite reach the floor.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Punjabi Dhaba - Cambridge, MA

Punjabi Dhaba: 4.5

Punjabi Dhaba is an Indian food joint located at 225 Hampshire Street in Inman Square. For those of you who are not nearly as cultured as The Shit Critic, find out more about what a Dhaba is here.

Location: After you walk through the front door, you'll need to take an immediate right and then head up a flight of stairs. Once upstairs the bathroom will be in front of you, but slightly to the left (think 11 o'clock). There are signs pointing you to the restroom, if those weren't there, you might be shit out of luck.
Grade: 3 out of 10

Accessibility: It's reasonably easy to walk in here and head up the stairs unnoticed. There is a seating area upstairs and if questioned by staff (which you won't be) it'd be pretty easy to say you were meeting someone up there.
Grade: 8 out of 10

Number of Stalls: There is one restroom here for everyone, containing one toilet and no urinals.
Grade: 3 out of 10

Stall Quality: The bathroom was pretty bare bones, there was a toilet brush, not in reach of the toilet, and probably untouched in a few years as well a can of Glade behind the medicine cabinet. Otherwise, not much to write home about.
Grade: 4 out of 10

Toiler Paper: Yeah, not so much.
Grade: 0 out of 10

Cleanliness: Bathroom was reasonably clean, but wasn't the cleanest room on the planet. I guess the room was naturally dirty, but didn't have a mess in it if that makes any sense...
Grade: 4 out of 10

Scent: Didn't notice a scent, though if you wanted there to be one, go nuts with the aforementioned Glade!
Grade: 8 out of 10

Flush: Normal flush, took a while to get going, but effective
Grade: 7 out of 10

Aesthetics: This bathroom wasn't too pretty. I did wonder what the view was our of the window behind it, which led me to wonder if the window were to be open, if I could somehow fall out. The toilet is also up one or two steps, giving it the throne vibe that I think is a bit cool yet bizarre.
Grade: 4 out of 10

The Bottom Line: Once you get up there, there's a chance the bathroom could be occupied. And with no urinal, you have to worry about a potential mess on the sea. And that's leaving out that there was no toilet paper. If there were TP, it'd be usable in a jam, but I guess you won't know if there is TP until you get all the way up the stairs and into the bathroom.

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