Poopin' Around Town

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

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Al's French Frys - South Burlington, VT

Al's French Frys - 6.7

So, you've made it further up I-89 and have driven it up into the Burlington area, sounds like a nice little Saturday, eh? If you're looking for a unique stopping point for unloading and re-fueling so to speak, you might want to hit up Al's French Frys. With uncommonly inexpensive food and a menu consisting 20 or so simple and reasonably tasty options, it's worth your while to give this 60+ year old legend a whirl. Easily accessed from I-89, Al's is located at 1251 Williston Road in South Burlington, VT.

Location: Once you've walked through the doors, walk straight past the cash register and open kitchen area. After the cash registers, turn to your left and the restrooms are right there. They also hung a small sign from the ceiling indicating the restroom's location.
Grade: 8 out of 10

Accessibility: Al's is a pretty busy place, especially during the summer. It's be pretty easy to walk right in and use the bathroom without anyone noticing.
Grade: 9 out of 10

Number of Stalls: There is one stall and one urinal at Al's. It is a pretty high traffic issue, so it is a bit of a concern.
Grade: 5 out of 10

Stall Quality: This stall was equipped for a gymnast with not one but two "oh shit" bars. I had seen them in cars, but this was an interesting twist. Other than this, the stall was run of the mill.
Grade: 6 out of 10

Toiler Paper: The toilet paper was plentiful and well guarded. I remember it being two-ply and nothing spectacular, though the Shit Critic has a shitty memory sometimes and might be making that up.
Grade: 6 out of 10

Cleanliness: This is a pretty small bathroom and it would be pretty easy for someone to make a mess in. The bathroom was pretty clean overall, though it didn't feel particularly clean. Confusing, but accurate.
Grade: 7 out of 10

Scent: Not incredibly pleasant, but not offensive either. Meh.
Grade: 5 out of 10

Flush: Now this is weird. When you flushed the toilet a bubble type noise occurs. You know the sound an office water cooler makes. That caveat aside, the flush was pretty good. Not "next level shit", but also not going to let you down.
Grade: 7 out of 10

Aesthetics: Though Al's came into existence in the 1940's, it has a 50's style diner feel. The bathroom carries that on with the checker board floor. The bathroom isn't too pretty, but it fit's Al's general theme.
Grade: 6 out of 10

Extra Credit:
Plunger: +1

The Bottom Line: Al's is a cool place. Stop by, take a load off. East some cheap food and don't forget to grab an Ice Cream on the way out (go for the chocolate, not the black raspberry. The black raspberry is basically purple vanilla ice cream!). The bathroom might be busy, but otherwise shouldn't let you down.


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