Gold, silver and bronze? Try porcelain

By Katia Hetter, CNNPublished 19th November 2013
It's not the Oscars, Emmys, Tonys or even the People's Choice Awards, but there was quite a swirl of competition for those vying to be named king of the potty.
The storied Varsity Theater in Minneapolis has taken the crown as winner of this year's Cintas' America's Best Restroom Contest.
"Cintas launched the America's Best Restroom Contest twelve years ago to raise awareness of the importance of hygiene and to salute those businesses which strive for restroom excellence in both function and design," said John Engel, Cintas' senior marketing manager, in a press statement.
Cintas sells hygiene products and services to businesses that cater to the public, including hotels, restaurants and airports. None of the 10 finalists are Cintas customers, said a spokesman.
The nine other nominees were Viracocha boutique in San Francisco; Alex Madonna Gold Rush Steak House in San Luis Obispo, California; Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida; Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey; Sloan's Ice Cream in West Palm Beach, Florida; Waldorf Astoria New York in New York City; Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade in Portland, Oregon; and John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
People could nominate their favorite facilities and vote for the winners at
The Buc-ee's convenience store location in New Braunfels, Texas, took the top toilet honors last year. Winners get inducted into the competition's hall of fame.
Click through the gallery to see which bathrooms make a mark.