Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 2:50 p.m.
I don't care whether you actually need to go or not -- just pop your head in the restroom the next time you're at Joe's Farm Grill in Gilbert. Yes, more people checking out the loo at this idyllic Agritopia retro burger spot will make the line longer for the folks who really do need to use the facilities, but this is a particularly noteworthy one.
New Times has been raving about the kooky Barbie- and GI Joe-themed facilities at Joe's Farm Grill since the place opened about four years ago, and now the folks behind America's Best Restroom IX
are onto them as well. Visit the contest's website
by August 31 and rank your favorites from a list of ten finalists nationwide.
Read on for the full list of who's in the running:
Finalist Location Restroom Features
Joe's Farm Grill Gilbert, Arizona Futuristic design featuring TV's, GI Joe and
Barbie Dolls and automated fixtures.
Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, California Ocean-themed with undulating roof form that evokes thoughts of a vintage wooden roller coaster or ocean waves.
Embassy Theatre Fort Wayne, Indiana Egyptian design, fireplaces, gold columns and custom wainscoting.
Rivue Restaurant & Lounge Louisville, Kentucky Custom light fixtures, translucent ruby washbasins, floor-to-ceiling stall doors and cloth towels.
Grand America Hotel Salt Lake City, Utah Italian Carerra Marble, bronze and crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling commodes, beautifully inlaid African Anegre Wood and hand- painted walls.
Bryant Park New York, New York Beaux Arts design, full-time attendant, fresh cut flowers, scented oils and electronic seat covers.
The Fountain on Locust St. Louis, Missouri Hand-painted murals, ornate fixtures and designer mirrors.
Lawrence Dumont Stadium Wichita, Kansas Hand-painted murals, with the baby changing areas adorned as the "Lil' Rookie Changing Station."
The Muse Hotel New York, New York Individualized restrooms, each themed for a different Muse.
China Grill at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, Nevada Dazzling fountains, with individual pods, each with its own TV.