20 episodes

With a new guest each week, married restaurateurs, Martha Madison and AJ Gilbert, share their thoughts on American culture, marriage, business, the pandemic, politics and more. Once weekly, they dive into the current state of the service industry and share true tales from their time inside restaurants. It’s a fun, insightful and delicious look at life through the eyes of restaurant people.

While We Were Waiting While we were Waiting Podcast

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

With a new guest each week, married restaurateurs, Martha Madison and AJ Gilbert, share their thoughts on American culture, marriage, business, the pandemic, politics and more. Once weekly, they dive into the current state of the service industry and share true tales from their time inside restaurants. It’s a fun, insightful and delicious look at life through the eyes of restaurant people.

    "You’re Really Good!" - with Ruby Wendell

    "You’re Really Good!" - with Ruby Wendell

    On episode 23, AJ and Martha VOTE on-air! The duo also pays homage to World Mental Health Day and chat about the absurdity of a $42 appetizer! Service dogs in restaurants? Yay or nay? They also discuss how to find  "inspiration" during chaos.
    Our "Storytime" guest is a comedian, home staging designer, and former restaurant server! Friend of the podcast, Ruby Wendell, tells a full circle tale about her encounter(s) with her teenage Hollywood crush @jaredleto. Ruby also shares her perspective on why comedians are typically better actors than non-comedians, and she also shines a light on the unique challenges of being a woman in both the comedy world AND the restaurant world. It's another can't miss episode of #WaitingPodcast

    • 52 min
    "Covert Operations" - with Patrick Scott Armstrong

    "Covert Operations" - with Patrick Scott Armstrong

    On episode 22, Martha and AJ take a data-driven approach to Texas vs California. They also share their pre-debate predictions and update everyone on the Restaurants Act.
    Also on the podcast, Patrick Scott Armstrong, host of the Texas food and culture podcast, "Lone Star Plate"  shares a story about being a brand new waiter on a rainy night in the suburbs of Dallas. This may be the most shocking story we've heard yet, so you don't want to miss this episode of #WaitingPodcast!
    Sponsored by One-Haus.com 
    Instagrams: @waitingpodcast @marth27 @ajgilb @onehaus @themayorshousedallas @patrickscottarmstrong @bocaspanishfare 
    Music credit: "How Did I Get Here" by Sean Solo
    Music credit: "Lubbock or Leave it" by The Dixie Chicks, Instrumental

    • 45 min
    "To California or Not to California" - with Doug Roth

    "To California or Not to California" - with Doug Roth

    On episode 21, Martha and AJ tell the story of their recent relocation from Dallas to Los Angeles and debate the pros and cons of Texas (Martha's home state) and California (AJ's home state). Who's side are you on? 
    Also on the podcast, Doug Roth, shares his restaurant journey which led him from Luna Park in LA to Blue Hill in NYC to Bolete in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He also hosts a hilarious round of "Guess the Celebrity" in which Martha and AJ face off. Who do you think will win? It's another can't miss episode of #WaitingPodcast!
    Sponsored by One-Haus.com 
    Instagrams: @waitingpodcast @marth27 @ajgilb @onehaus @themayorshousedallas @dugroth @boleterestaurant 
    Music credit: "How Did I Get Here" by Sean Solo
    Music credit: "Hooray for Hollywood" by Nancy Sinatra

    • 54 min
    "Trust what you know, not what you feel." - with Frankie Marrs

    "Trust what you know, not what you feel." - with Frankie Marrs

    On episode 20, Martha and AJ work through a recent argument about "vocabulary elitism." They also recount last weeks' Democratic National Convention and roll call the list of the latest iconic restaurant closures. Story Time guest, Frankie Marrs, also shares a breathtaking story about how a difficult restaurant patron became completely explosive! Stay tuned after the story for a completely adorable chat the three of them have about Frankie's new podcast, "Shuttle to Marrs," and how they all share some common history. It's another can't miss episode of #WaitingPodcast!
    Sponsored by One-Haus.com 
    Instagrams: @waitingpodcast @marth27 @ajgilb @onehaus @themayorshousedallas @frankieamarrs
    Music credit: "How Did I Get Here" by Sean Solo 
    Music credit: "Sex And The City Closing Theme" by Pete Charles Sesko

    • 43 min
    "Don't judge a book by it's cover." - with Dedrick Bonner

    "Don't judge a book by it's cover." - with Dedrick Bonner

    On episode 19, Martha and AJ chat about the first day of school, the adversarial interactions in restaurants regarding masks, and they hash out TEX MEX once and for all - WHAT THE HELL IS IT? Also our guest, Dedrick Bonner, shares a poignant story about how one particular restaurant guest taught him a major lesson about judging a book by it's cover. It's another can't miss episode of #WaitingPodcast!
    Sponsored by One-Haus.com 
    Instagrams: @waitingpodcast @marth27 @ajgilb @onehaus @themayorshousedallas @dedrickbonner @singersofsoul
    Music credit: "How Did I Get Here" by Sean Solo 
    Music credit: "One Love" - Roy Young

    • 24 min
    "In sickness and in health." - with special guest, Mark DeVito

    "In sickness and in health." - with special guest, Mark DeVito

    On episode 18, Martha and AJ chat about the tip-credit debate and the new rules of etiquette for visiting restaurants during a pandemic. They also dive into why so many restaurant workers pair up and end up happily ever after. Later in the show, Mark DeVito (Owner/Operator of San Francisco hotspots, Teeth and Standard Deviant Brewery) tells a common, yet hilarious, tale about how he met, fell in love with and eventually married his fellow restaurant worker. It's another can't miss episode of #WaitingPodcast!
    Sponsored by One-Haus.com 
    Instagrams: @waitingpodcast @marth27 @ajgilb @onehaus @themayorshousedallas @standarddeviantbrewing @teethsf2323 @markgdevito
    Music credit: "How Did I Get Here" by Sean Solo 
    Music credit: "Backwards Hat", Instrumental by Team Callahan

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Evans1975 ,

Love the podcast

As a restaurant worker who was layoff because of the pandemic this is a great podcast I been a big fan of Martha Madison since her days of our lives days and enjoy what she and aj have to said and the guest interview and stories are interesting and sometimes funny

olivia9000😄 ,

Fun!

Guys...this is a fun listen! I especially like the banter between you two at the beginning of each episode! Almost makes me miss the restaurant biz ;)

markinlosfeliz ,

Everyone should listen to these podcasts!

For anyone that’s thinking about opening something in the hospitality space... For anyone who thinks they know the food scene... For anyone that thinks they’re a good tipper... For anyone that is thinking of working in the hospitality space... For anyone that’s worked in the hospitality space....
This podcast is a must listen!

I’m 3 episodes in and crying, laughing, remembering good and bad times (mostly good), and proud to have been in this industry. Looking forward to many, many more episodes... and many, many more meals out once the pandemic is over. Hopefully Martha and AJ will keep producing this long after we’re back to “normalcy.”

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