They’re always contenders for the best chef, the best service, the best atmosphere… so sure, why not the best bathroom? Canlis has topped The Daily Meal’s list of the best restaurant bathrooms in the U.S. The “Zen-themed, spa-like” women’s bathroom took first place in a group judged on “overall design, the “coolness” factor, uniqueness, the use of funky gizmos and gadgets (you’ll see), and ease of use.”
Ned Ludd in Portland ranked #9 for a bathroom where, if you removed the sink and toilet, “you might as well be in a well-curated art gallery.” That is a big if.
In a Canlis vs. Canon showdown when Eater ran a similar contest a few years back (yes, there’s been more than one of these lists — even more than two), owners of both finalists agreed that the loser would clean the winner’s bathroom. Here are the results of that one.
As for Canlis, we had a lot of kind words for the place in Providence Cicero’s 3.5-star review last month, but we used our space talking about things like the canapés and like servers who “appear to communicate with each other telepathically.” Here’s that piece. And remember, if the prices are too dear, you get to use the bathroom and eat “relative bargains” if you stop by the bar, which also does pretty well in the design department.