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.

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    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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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