The City Brotherly Love

Sorry I haven’t been posting lately. My life has been very busy with professional and personal activities. In fact I’m heading down to Philadelphia today to do a TV show and a radio interview! Then I’m speaking at the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday. After that my schedule will calm down a bit and I’ll start posting stories. And believe me – I’ve got some stories to tell!

Many thanks to everyone for the lovely  messages of support. I appreciate it! I’ll be back soon!

-Steve (The Waiter)

84 thoughts on “The City Brotherly Love”

  1. Dennis says:

    Congrats on all the success Steve, but please do try to post something at least once a week. I need my fix of WaiterRant…..I need to see the strife you go through to remember how great I have it!!!!!

    All the best!


  2. DABCT says:

    Take your time. I would love to hear about the near riots at the book signings.

  3. Chris says:

    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia!

  4. Chris says:

    Ah, Philly. My old home.
    Enjoy it. It’s a great city. Have a cheesesteak.

  5. Rick says:

    Can’t wait to read those stories 😀
    Have fun in Philly!

  6. Rose says:

    Woo, I’m going to be at the Brooklyn Book Festival, so I’ll stalk you!

  7. KenC says:

    Take your time, it will be worth the wait I am sure.

  8. cm says:

    It’s very weird to see your name at the end of a post after all these years! However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t like it :].

  9. Spelt says:

    Are you doing any signing in phily?

  10. hot coffee girl says:

    Hey-I missed you when you were in Chicago (I don’t think I had moved yet…) but drop me a line if you’re coming back to the area!

  11. Julie says:

    Definitely check out a Steven Starr restaurant while you are here – you won’t be disappointed. Budekon & Tangerine are my favorites (and if you are in a martini mood – check out Continental at 2nd & Market).

  12. Nikki says:

    Enjoy the glamourous life while you can! The blog will always be here… Regis and Kelly won’t!

  13. Dacatus says:

    Hey Steve, just got your book in the mail and just got to chapter three.

    Saying I am hooked would be the height of understatement. The book is so far all I expected and even more.

  14. mr lim says:

    Will you ever come to Asia? 😀

  15. Joe C says:

    Welcome to Philly! Lots of great food and restaurants in this burg, hope you get a chance to have a good time!


  16. Lizzy says:

    Good luck with your interviews Waiter but don’t forget about us bloggers/readers hmm? We miss you when you dont post!

  17. kcbelles says:

    Yea – thanks for the update. Appreciate that. Glad you’re doing well and are enjoying your success. We’ll see you (here) when we see you!

  18. jrh456 says:

    i am sure you have tons of stories about book signings. you just have to love some of the people that hang out in bookstores. your book is still selling strong at my store it is right on the first table.

    best of luck


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  20. Alyson says:

    Can’t wait for the new stories!

  21. Carrie says:

    This blogging world is so surreal. Since I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years and watching your success unfold I almost feel that you’re a shirt tail relative whose fame I can point to and say “that’s my Aunt Bertha’s second cousing on her husbands side. We met once when we were 18 months old, wanna see the picture”?
    Am looking forward to some great stories. Congrats on your fame and hopefully fortune!

  22. cynthia says:

    i am a little disappointed by the lack of posts about anything other than ‘your appearances’…sincerely happy for your success but after reading the book i was a little disheartened at some of your comments…the blogger and the writer seem very different in purpose and sometimes sincerity…but alas, as much as i would like to think it, i don’t really know you personally even though it seems i do from your posts…so who i shouldn’t judge, but i do as do we all (we are flawed humans)……ok, let the bashing begin

  23. Doogie says:

    Bash, bash, bash. Nah.

    I agree with Cynthia that the mystique of your blog is somewhat diminished with the loss of your anonymity. But that’s life, right? We march through time, taking life in stride. A new chapter has arrived for you Steve. New windows, new doors… I pray you will make wise decisions with all the opportunities being presented to you.

    And as much as we all love reading your blog, if you feel called to close this chapter I think those of us who have read the book will understand completely. As long as you keep writing books.

  24. Tasha says:

    Can’t wait to hear your stories. Take care of yourself.

  25. rob says:

    Yes and if you visit Asia, don’t forget Australia!

    I dreamed about you having a book launch here in Sydney.

    Good Luck Mate, Orright?

  26. Stephani says:

    Hey Steve. Have fun and enjoy the ride, but please don’t forget about us ‘little people’ lol…because we still need our Waiterrant fix! 😉 Take Care.

    P.S. to Cynthia
    No,on second thought, nevermind. Just gonna’ go w/Mom’s advice of ‘if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all’ and call it a night! :/

  27. Mike says:

    Good to hear from you Steve.
    Just special ordered your book over here in Aus, so I shouldn’t have to wait to much longer =D

  28. Rob says:

    Philly is a sewer.

  29. Suzanne says:


    My mother always said that too… but she’s dead.

    Cynthia: You’re a putz. What else is he supposed to be writing about? That’s what he is doing now. Did you expect him to continue regurgitating waiter stories when he is no longer waiting tables?

  30. Christian says:

    I just finished reading every post on this site, which took about three days. Fantastic! It’s like heroine for a reader.

  31. dbg says:

    Any chance you’ll be at the Miami International Book Fair in November?

  32. Anonymous says:

    Yay! I live near Philly!

  33. eric says:

    I am looking forward to reading the new stories, and I guess I need to get to the local book store

  34. Anonymous says:

    Reading of your adventures and good fortune is such a pleasure; I am happy for you. But calling you Steve is just weird – you will remain Waiter to me for a while yet, anyway.

  35. Mallory says:

    I just finished waiter rant and I loved every page of it! I just quit my serving job of 4 years last week and your book spoke to me! Congrats on being published….the book is amazing!

  36. Victor says:

    Hey, I just stubled across your blog and I love it! Another enjoyable blog is You should definitely check it out.

  37. cynthia says:

    Suzanne…nice comment about your mother…I’m sure she would appreciate that.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Oh man, wish i would have known you’d be in philly! Congrats on all of your success – it’s been well earned.

  39. Jo says:

    Damn it! I missed it! WTF?????? whahhhhhhh!
    Please come back to Filthadelphia soon!

  40. John says:

    Just read your book and found myself at times laughing at loud at others holding back my emotions. I gues only the names change but the stories are universal. Best of luck yo you!

  41. dane says:

    you came to chicago??? when? i had no idea! i definitely would have showed up. call me when you are coming back.

    btw…just for fun, i asked at the local suburban library about the availability of your book…. it is on a wait list of over 36 people. they have ordered extra copies.

  42. Alisa says:

    I just read a copy of your book and I couldn’t stop laughing! I wish you the best of luck and thanks for making me and my friends laugh!

    Drop by anytime at FOODISTA

  43. Sarah says:

    I just read your book today. Seriously, you definitely are on the right track now with your writing. Good luck to you!

  44. The Beer Snob says:

    It’s so funny to hear about the book signings and everything. I remember coming across this blog a long time ago and loving every bit of it and never had a clue it would become a book and there would be so much press. Congrats Steve

    The Beer Snob

  45. Lee says:

    Coming outta lurkdom to say…
    Write a story already!

  46. resonanteye says:

    congratulations! loved ythis blog for a long time and it’s good to see you’re doing well from it

  47. Hacksaw says:

    The successful always leave behind those responsible for their success. Bye, waiter.

  48. Kum Hurray says:

    Hi, my name is Kum Hurray, I do everything fast, that why they call me Kum Hurray! Waiter book have no pictures, so it take long time for Kum Hurray to read, and Kum Hurray no like long time activity! That all, thanks!

  49. Anonymous says:

    You haven’t had a real post in almost three weeks.
    Don’t abandon the people who got you where you are, Waiter.

  50. Hershele Ostropoler says:

    Back from the festival! I stayed till 3 so as not to miss anything important. As a self-described foodie, I wholeheartedly agree with using it as a pejoritive term

  51. Amyinbc says:

    Congratulations on the success of your book! You deserve it, have been enjoying your blog for some time. Kudos!

  52. Nightmare says:

    Nice job on the upgraded life, but I miss the stories…

  53. Suzanne says:

    Cynthia – Not only would me dead mother not mind my saying she’s dead, she would think you’re a putz too.

  54. kristina says:

    Hey, there’s a new website about to launch called Behind the Burner: it features exclusive tips on products and cooking techniques, as well as video demonstrations with New York City’s best chefs! Be sure to check out the website,, where you can sign up for email updates and more info.

  55. savannah says:

    thank you for the book and thank you for continuing to blog! i wish you all the best, sugar!

  56. Jewels says:

    Just want to say I love ur book! I bought it yesterday and just finished it. I am a bartender and can relate the stories lol- have a great trip – look forward to reading more !

  57. Rajeev says:

    Just finished reading your book. One great piece of work. Was that a optimistic cynicism or cynical optimism?! Any which ways..thanks for making us understand the other side!

  58. bobby says:

    i’m reading the book now and i love it. it inspired me to do a great thing last night – QUIT!
    5 girls crammed themselves into a 4 top so they could be seen by everyone, ordered a bottle of the cheapest wine, 2 apps and squatted for 2 hours. their bill – a measly fucking 83 bucks. so after splitting the bill 3 ways, guess how much i was left? 8 bucks and a coupon. yep. a coupon. when i saw it, i was like hey whats that? it says in big bold letters on a business card – 5 DOLLARS WORTH OF COOKIES. man i was psyched. i kind of knew what was coming, but really. i like cookies. then i turned it over, and it was a business card for the girl sitting there who owns a from-home jewelry business called cookie something or other (in the hartford area – dont go there!) and i got psyched again – hey a number. just as good as cookies. then i saw the 2 4buck tips on cc slips. fuck this shit. if it were v-day, and i were married, and didnt have a gift, and would be divorced if i didnt come home with one, and this cookie bitch were the last place on earth – ill just fucking get divorced. thanks. the last straw – really. great concept. horrible customers. its like a fucking chucky cheese. 85 different beers, and i swear i only sell fucking unsweetened iced tea. well, thanks for the book, man. good luck and good tips. btw – the coupons in the trash. i ripped it up in front of her.

  59. Erin Delaney says:

    Hi Steve. I really enjoyed your book and blog. I really love your writing style, and as a fellow writer, I’m curious where else you’ve been published and I’d love to hear about your writing process.

    If you’re interested, I wrote a review of the book at, a local entertainment magazine in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

  60. cynthia says:

    suzanne…you really don’t understand the concept of reading for CONTENT do you?…i would try to explain but alas, i’ve already wasted too much time on you and i think it’s an exercise in futility anyway, so this is MY last one here…best to you and your mom….

  61. Suzanne says:

    Cynthia –


  62. Booply says:

    Ladies please…save the hostility for the mud-wrestling pit, we’d all appreciate it greatly. I’d probably retract the statement though once I saw what you two look like, judging from the way you act on here, but alas…beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to public female nudity.

  63. dougbob says:

    hey waiter
    here’s another review from the left coast. we luv ya!

  64. Jackie says:

    I just finished listening to Waiter Rant on CD. Loved it, and I am addicted to this website. Please continue to post. I never understood what waiters went through until my son became a server in high school and college. Now I only give less than 20% tip when the server really messes up. I start with 20% and hope that they won’t do something to fuck it up.

    Interestingly, whenever I eat out with my 90 year old aunt, I have to sneak a tip to the waiter because she doesn’t understand why a waiter needs to be tipped anything! It’s amazing to watch her.

  65. rae says:

    hey steve congrats on all your success. Please keep posting it will be interesting to read about your exploits

  66. Faith says:

    Just wanted to say that it’d be immensely helpful if you could post a permalink on the homepage for the beginning of the blog and then where it shifts from being mostly about waitering to mostly about writing a book. I’m definitely going to return here to get an inside look on writing a book, but for now I’m randomly skipping through the archives trying to find the wait staff stories. Help, please?
    Thanks so much!!

  67. fan with a clue says:

    faith -this is kinda sad you need this info but if you scroll ALL the way UP there is a list ogf archival links -click the top one and read em all then click on the next link and read em all -repeat about 20 times

    Hey Waiter-its thursday and you posted after Sunday you were free and had some posts to posts-Cmon! you want us to beg for em????

  68. Becky from Canada says:

    I’ve been a lurker here for about a year and I just bought your book (I had to order it) and I cannot put it down. I’ve been in the food service industry for 36 years now most spent as a waitress, now I’m a line cook so I know exactly what your talking about. I can’t wait to pass my book around to my friends, nobody understands like the people who have been in our shoes. Thanks Steve, you have done all of us a great service.

  69. Sha Na Na in MN says:

    I’m listening to you right now on the radio on the KQ morning show here in Minneapolis, MN. You’re public speaking has improved since the first interview on TV you did where you seemed a ltitle nervous. You sound great! Love your BLOG!

  70. auto waitron says:

    seems we have lost the WAITER, now theres only Steve…… kinda sad

  71. Thomas says:

    I guess this blog is useless to you now that you have a hit book, and everybody knows what you look like. Oh well Waiterrant ran it’s course.

  72. O.C. says:

    Hey, man, I just wanted to tell you that I’m using your book to distract myself from the heat, humidity, and bugs in Houston until the power comes back on after hurricane Ike. Thanks! I needed that!

    Really enjoying the book so far, though I might prefer fewer references to strip clubs. 😉

  73. Amyinbc says:

    Must get your book, have so enjoyed the blog. Thank you.

    I still contend that tips are a bonus her here in Canada.. Am I just naive? We tip of course but is it true Canadians tip less as waitstaff are at least paid the minimum hourly rate? Curious..

  74. Ken says:

    Hello from Malaysia! Managed to find your book back here in Malaysia and got it! 🙂 Enjoying the book now! thanks alot!

  75. Jyll says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I was able to pick up your book here in Scotland yesterday.

    Waiter Rant sweeps the globe!

  76. auto waitron says:

    has anyone bothered to put a mirror under Steve’s nose in the morning just to check if he is alive? the book has gone global still many congrats. it only took me like 4hrs to read the book and hand it off to others to read, now what am i left with? please dont abandon the lil people Steve

  77. TexTom says:

    Havnt checked in with you for a couple years…you really did it! congrats from an old fan and friend.

  78. The Hardley Boys says:

    I have a clue, a really raging clue about Waiter not posting anymore…yep, it’s a raging clue alright…I’m getting dizzy, it’s such a super penetrating clue, a real stud picker of a clue…yep, it’s a clue alright…

  79. dharmabum says:

    i miss the pre-fame, pre-book waiterrant. another blog bites the dust and succumbs to sparse promotional posts lacking the content for which the site was once beloved. congratulations, though: the fame is well-deserved.

  80. jenn frazee says:

    I”ve been reading you for about 4 years? Maybe five. I got married and forced away from the computer and now that I’m back I’m completely relieved that you are still here. you are what got me through my days back then and I’m glad to know you will get me through my days now.It’s like coming home

  81. Lisa says:

    Congrats! I just started reading your book, which is excellent! I’ve been serving for for about 10yrs..(tooo long) the book is so real, I love it! I wish I’d known about this site before now. I live just outside Ottawa and serve in a little restaurant there.. boy I could tell you some stories!

  82. Lisa W says:

    So glad u wrote this book! My fellow waiter & I daily say someone should write a book about how to be a good restaurant patron & our trials. Yesterday, there was a table of 5 elderly people (our main customer base) that looked at me like I should be in a bread line. My husband & I do quite well for ourselves & I do this job because I want to. Then they tipped poorly, as many elderly do. It was, for some reason, so depressing yesterday. Why do the customers that run you the hardest tip the least? Why do they act like you are bothering them when I do an excellent job at my occupation due to loving eating at nice places myself and knowing what good service looks like? Plus, I was told that I got a raise, went home excitedly with my check, opened it and realized it was, frankly, an insulting amount. It would be nice to feel more valued doing what I enjoy most days. Thanx 4 letting me rant! 🙂 How theraputic!

  83. Bored says:

    I used to love this blog and I would make a point of visiting every day.

    Now it seems like the blog is simply a sales pitch for the book. BORING.

    It is such a shame that waiter seems to have forgotten it’s the blog that got him where he is today. Now the blog readers are potential book customers instead.

    Bye Waiter. I hope it works out for you because once everyone has finished the book and there’s nothing left to read about you – what then?

  84. Kris says:

    Ooooooo…the first time you posted ‘-Steve’…


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