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Executive Chef/Owner David Bull (formerly of the Driskill Grill and an Iron Chef contestant) describes Congress' food as "Natural American" cuisine, highlighting top-quality seasonal ingredients. Nightly 3- and 7-course prix-fixe menus showcase small plates of perfection. In a town with oh-so-many hipster dive eateries, Congress comes off as a classic grown-up place, sophisticated and special. With huge gleaming windows overlooking the avenue, Congress' dining room is as lustrous as a pearl set inside an oyster. Congress and Bar Congress share a kitchen with their more casual sister space, Second Bar + Kitchen, which offers a bistro-style ambiance and salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and rotisserie selections—a place I like for lunch.