Friday 16 March 2007

Cowboy commodes

Longhorn Steakhouse
5351 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.
Kissimmee, FL USA 34746

Where is it?

A little harder to find than you might expect. The restaurant is filled with Old-West-themed knicknacks, and the corners of the restaurant all seem to have doorways and corridors placed in them -- all of which makes looking for the toilet rather distracting. One would expect it to be by the bar, but really you have to cross the length of the dining room and to into the back corner of the place, past the bar and main dining room -- on the opposite end of the kitchen -- and into a corridor that looks like a waitress station but isn't. Once there, the men's room is on the left and the women's on the right.

What's it like?

This is a decent steakhouse chain with good food and a friendly, somewhat purposefully tacky atmosphere (though what it has to do with cowboys, I'm not sure, since there isn't a single location in Texas). Given the popularity of the place (we arrived at 10pm on a Saturday night and it was humming there), you'd expect the bathrooms to be a shamble. But they weren't -- very clean with only a little bit of splashed water around the sinks and some mis-thrown paper towels found on the floor beside the trash cans. Very clean -- even cozy. Double that with the fact that the restaurant's western motif extended to the decor here (the stall doors were shaped like outhouse doors, complete with corney carved-moon shape) and you've got an impressive pitstop.

Marks out of 10:

9. For chain restaurants, this one may be the rootin'est, tootin'est one around.

Comments to the Management:

Keep up the good work, cowboys!

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