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Madisonian Matt Tebo rates Madison’s bathrooms on a variety of criteria. | Matt Tebo
Have a seat. It’s time to talk a butt, err, a bit about Madison’s bathrooms, just in time for World Toilet Day.

Madisonian Matt Tebo wants to help those yelping for the nearest toilet. His Instagram page, Places I’d Poop Madison, rates Madison bathrooms on a variety of criteria (cleanliness, size, clean exit, convenience, amenities, and restroom-to-customer ratio) in an attempt to find the best toilet in the city.

Q: What inspired you to start your Instagram page?

A: The idea came from my struggles with IBS. When you have IBS, or Crohn’s, or other GI issues, sometimes you don’t have a lot of time to find a bathroom, and if you don’t know where to go it can be scary and anxiety-inducing.

Q: Is your aim to be funny? To be helpful? Both?

A: My aim has always been to be helpful and to create a conversation about something that isn’t spoken about a lot but we all do. What I really want to do is give people an idea of clean and available spaces if they are looking for a gender-neutral space, and if they struggle with any GI issues, or even if they don’t.

Q: What inspires you to review a particular bathroom?

A: Right now, I’m really only focusing on restaurants, bars, and a few other small, local businesses. My real inspiration is just getting people to visit these places that I’ve enjoyed and try them out for themselves.


Matt Tebo has dreams of reviewing all of Madison’s public toilets. | Matt Tebo

Q: What is your ideal bathroom?

A: Just a clean, not claustrophobic space where I hopefully don’t have to wait a long time if I have to go to the bathroom.

Q: Top Madison toilets thus far?

A: So far, some of the top places are Tricky Foods, Lallande, and the Cardinal Bar.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to businesses offering their bathroom, what would it be?

A: Make it spacious, clean, and fun. Add cool paint styles, art, or something with local flair.
Who has the best bathroom in Madison?
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Meat Raffle | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Starkweather Brewing Co., 2439 Atwood Ave., Madison | $1+ | Bring your dollars to purchase paddles and increase your chances of winning.
  • Nester, Magic Conch, Seasaw | Friday, Nov. 17 | 8-11 p.m. | The Bur Oak, 2262 Winnebago St., Madison | $15-$20 | Enjoy tunes from some Madison musicians.
Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Homebuyer Education | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | The Villager Mall, 2300 S. Park St., Madison | Free | Take the first step to owning a home at this HUD-Approved education workshop.
  • Fire Station Storytime | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 10-11 a.m. | Middleton Fire Station, 7600 University Ave., Middleton | Free | Listen to Middleton firefighters read stories before seeing the rigs up close.
Sunday, Nov. 19
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 2 p.m. | Overture Center, 201 State St., Madison | $35-$75 | A live performance based on the No. 1 PBS Kids TV series.
  • North Pole Party | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 3-6 p.m. | Hilldale Shopping Center, 726 N. Midvale Blvd., Madison | Free | Join Santa and his reindeer for a tree lighting, hot cocoa, caroling, special offers, and more holiday magic.
Monday, Nov. 20
  • Stormwater Utility Vegetation Management Plan Listening Session | Monday, Nov. 20 | 6-8 p.m. | Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison | Free | Register for this interactive listening session with live polling on big picture questions.
  • Bad Art Night | Monday, Nov. 20 | 6-7 p.m. | Storytime Room, 5530 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg | Free | Kids are invited to see what they can make with the random supplies provided.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Music Video Bingo | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Hop Haus Brewing, 231 S Main St., Verona | Free | Engage in friendly competition while reminiscing on your favorite tunes circa the golden age of MTV and VH1.
  • Themed Trivia | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 7 p.m. | The Rigby, 119 E. Main St., Madison | Free | Grab some buddies and a bottle of rum for “Pirates of The Caribbean” trivia.
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News Notes
  • The American Farm Bureau Federation reports that an average Thanksgiving meal for 10 people in the Midwest will cost about $61.17, a 4.5% decrease from last year’s record high. The lower cost is attributed to a 5% drop in the average price of the pièce de résistance, a 16-pound turkey. (Wisconsin State Journal)
Coming Soon
  • Bird is the word. The Harvey House’s fast-casual sister restaurant will open in January. Butterbird will serve up a variety of chicken dishes, bar bites, and draft cocktails. While Harvey House’s hospitality values will carry over, the overall dining experience will be more casual. (Channel 3000)
  • Noname — Hip-hop artist, poet, and book club founder — will perform at Majestic Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 21 as part of her Sundial Tour. The all-ages show features tracks from her latest album exploring topics from capitalism’s impact on communities to personal principles in fame. (Madison365)
  • The 2023 Capital Times Kids Fund campaign is up and running, raising funds for area nonprofits addressing youth challenges. Last year, Cap Times readers enabled $200,500 in grants to 64 organizations. Apply for a grant, or make a donation online. (Cap Times)
  • Once again, Kwik Trip ranks No. 1 on USA Today’s list of the top 10 gas stations in the US. With over 800 stores across multiple states, the Wisconsin-born gas station excels in cleanliness, fresh bakery items, and locally sourced milk.
  • A recent UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health study establishes a connection between military service and Alzheimer’s in men. Analyzing brains from World War II, Korean, and Vietnam war veterans, the study reveals a 26% higher likelihood of Alzheimer’s signs. Future research will explore additional risk factors and female veterans. (Fox 47)
  • Looking to expand your writing skills? Madison Writing Assistance’s writing coaches can help anyone in the community who writes, including students, develop writing + reading literacy in free, 1-on-1 sessions at four Madison Public Library locations. Patrons under 18 need to bring a parent. Schedule an appointment with a coach now through Saturday, Dec. 9.*
  • Ride, don’t walk to the H-D® Factory Outlet store in Milwaukee for their Orange and Black Friday weekend sale, happening from Friday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 26. Shoppers can snag deeply discounted Harley-Davidson® Motor Clothes® merchandise and a curated selection of officially licensed products. Plan your visit.*
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  • Need the perfect holiday gift for your dad, brother, husband, or boyfriend? This brand has you covered with all the gifts and stocking stuffers that men will actually use. (Plus, they’re all 25% off during the Black Friday Sale, happening now.)*
🗓️ Mark your calendars
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Get your tickets to see Hozier live in Madison. | Photo via Wikimedia Commons
This holiday season, consider giving the gift of an experience rather than material items. Here are a few entertainment acts heading to Madison in the coming months.


  • Lil Tjay | Sunday, Dec. 3 | The Sylvee
  • Darren Criss | Tuesday, Dec. 12 | Barrymore Theatre
  • Anees | Thursday, Feb. 8 | Majestic
  • Herbie Hancock | Wednesday, April 3 | The Orpheum
  • Hozier | Friday, Aug. 16 | Breese Stevens


  • Brian Posehn | Saturday, Dec. 2 | Majestic
  • Shane Gillis | Friday, Jan. 26 | Overture Center
  • Fortune Feimster | Sunday, Feb. 25 | Overture Center
  • Marc Maron | Wednesday, April 3 | Barrymore Theatre


  • Harlem Globetrotters | Thursday, Dec. 28 | Alliant Energy Center
  • Monsters of Destruction | Saturday, Jan. 3-Sunday, Jan. 4 | Alliant Energy Center
  • Jonathan Van Ness | Friday, Feb. 16 | Orpheum
Find ticketing information on each venue’s website:

Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave.
Breese Stevens Field, 917 E. Mifflin St.
Majestic, 115 King St.
The Orpheum, 216 State St.
Overture Center, 201 State St.
The Sylvee, 25 S. Livingston St.
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