Accolades and otherwise.

We’ve been fortunate enough to be covered in a variety of media. And we’re grateful for every editor, reporter, food writer and blogger that thought we were worthy of attention.

Right here you can find the good, the bad and the ugly – but mostly the good.


Please visit Authentic Tuscany with Chef David Bull for more information on this once in a lifetime culinary vacation…

10 Questions for Congress’ Erica Waksmunski

Yes, it’s true, Erica does fry pudding…

Food Writers & Experts Share Their Best Meals of 2013

We’re so thankful to be considered a best meal for 2013.


A Taste of Koko has a pretty impressive list of dishes you’d be wise to eat this fall and winter.

The 9 Best Things We Ate in 2013

Thank you Zagat for including Erica’s Brioche Beignets on your list!

Congress’ David Bull on Menu Psychology, Money Words

Chef Bull sits down with Zagat to talk how menus get put together and why.


Virgin America has the cheat sheet for your trip to Austin.


Thirsty? Thrillist has an article for that.

10 bars in Austin where you should be drinking right now

As Emma’s last article for the Austin American-Statesman, we’re proud to be included in this list. .


Can you say fried pumpkin pie?

10 cocktails Austin bars concocted to warm your autumn nights

It’s kind of cold, right? Jason Stevens mixes up a fall-inspired cocktail for CultureMap Austin.

ACL Eats: Matthew Odam’s recommendations

Matthew Odam tells you what to eat at the ACL Festival.

ACL Food Fight: Nachos, Chicken, Sandwiches

Who will win the fight for best sandwich at ACL Festival?

Watch chef Jason Stude prepare for his appearance on ‘Chopped’

Watch Second Bar + Kitchen’s Chef de Cuisine Jason Stude prepare for his competition on Chopped. Spoiler alert: he won.

Matthew Odam’s Top 12

Second Bar + Kitchen makes Matthew Odam’s list for the top 12 burgers in Austin in Austin360.

Midnight Snack

Chef Bull shares his recipe for the perfect midnight snack – a pork belly fried rice with an over-easy egg – with Tribeza. 

100 Best Wine Restaurants 2013

We are honored to be named to Wine Enthusiast’s “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants” in 2013.

What are the best restaurants in Austin?

Congress is included as one of the 20 best restaurants in Austin in the Forbes Travel Guide.

Recipe of the week: Summertime Ratatouille with a Poached Egg and Pasta Parmesan

Chef Bull shares the recipe he prepared for the Capital Area Food Bank’s summer lunch program kick-off event with the Austin American Statesman.

Wine Guides

Edible Austin speaks with Paula Rester to find out what it really takes to be a sommelier.

16 Must-Try Cocktail Destinations Around the U.S.

Thank you Zagat for naming Bar Congress one of the “the hottest joints for top-notch tipples around the U.S.”

Secrets of the Staff

We have an amazing team and we’re happy to share two of them, Scott Martin and Chris Sowers, with Tribeza. 

Into the Fire

Congress’ John Hajash competed in the Citywide 86’d competition hosted by Uchiko, and well, you’ll just have to read on to see how he fared.

Where to Eat and Drink in Austin

The Travel Channel lists Second Bar + Kitchen as one of its top 5 picks for where to eat and drink in Austin.

The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2013

Thank you to The Daily Meal for including Congress on this list.

Who’s Serving Up the Best Service?

Zagat recognizes Congress as one of the Top-Rated Service Restaurants from 25 cities.


Thrillist highlights some of the new dishes on the Congress menu… feast your eyes…

40 Best Breakfasts

Second Bar + Kitchen’s Breakfast Pot Roast is named one of Austin Monthly’s best breakfast items.

Sparkling Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

Food & Wine lists where to get sparkling cocktails for New Year’s Eve, and Bar Congress has one for you…

15 great craft cocktail bars around the country names Bar Congress as one of the great craft cocktail bars – thank you.

Matthew Odam’s Top 50 restaurants, 2012

We are honored to have both Congress and Second Bar + Kitchen included on Matthew Odam’s Top 50 Austin Restaurants list.

Emma Janzen’s Top 10 Bars

Thank you Emma…

10 best bars in Austin

The Guardian names Bar Congress as one of the 10 best bars in Austin… cheers.

Second Bar + Kitchen: Fun awaits in a classic setting

The Daily Meal gets a Pink Pony at Second Bar + Kitchen.

Meet Rebecca Meeker

This time Tasting Table hangs out with Rebecca and gets the perfect summertime soup recipe.

Austin Restaurants: Insider Picks

Food & Wine shares its insider picks for dining in Austin.

Savory Sweets: 20 Desserts with Sugar and Spice

Erica shares one of her savory sweets with Condé Nast Traveler. 

Wine Enthusiast 2012 100 Best Restaurants in America

We are honored to be named one of Wine Enthusiast’s “100 Best Wine Restaurants in America” in 2012.

Beer takes on supporting role in trendy cocktails

Jason Stevens shares his techniques with the Austin American-Statesman for infusing hops into your spirits.

Meet Ethan Holmes

Ethan Holmes invited Tasting Table into his home to make a delicious berry crisp.

Guide to Austin Eats

Camille Styles shares her guide to eating and drinking and Austin, and includes Second Bar + Kitchen and Bar Congress among her Central Austin favorites.

Good Libations

Austin Monthly shares how to beat the heat with summer cocktails, including Bar Congress’ Socks and Sandals Swizzle.

A Conversation with Erica Waksmunski, New Pastry Chef at Congress, in Austin

Pat Sharpe from Texas Monthly sits down to talk with our new Pastry Chef, Erica Waksmunski.

Where to Eat Right Now

We are so incredibly honored to be named Texas Monthly’s best new restaurant in Texas. Thank you.

The Hippest Town in Texas

Southern Living explores and advises a town close to our hearts.

Late Night Bites

From Tribeza, just in time for SXSW…

Comfort Food Cook-Off

Chicken Fried Steak? Um, yes please. Southern Living asked Chef Bull to go up against Chef Tyler Brown in Nashville to determine who has the most comforting, comfort food recipe.

Tribeza: The People Issue Release Party

Tribeza selected Chef Bull as one of “The 10 Austinites of the Year,”  and then threw one great party to celebrate – check out the recap.

Best New Restaurants 2011 + Hostess of the Year

We’re honored Esquire named Congress as one of the Best New Restaurants in 2011 – and Hannah Mary Marshall was named Hostess of the Year.

Sunny Delight

What better gift to give this season than your own homemade candied orange peels? Imbibe asked us for our candied orange peel recipe, and then Scott Walker and Billy Hankey came up with the perfect drink for it – the Culling Royale.

Simply the Best

We are honored to be among so many Austin greats in November’s Austin Monthly. Congratulations go out to Chef Bull for his award and the Second Bar + Kitchen team for their accolades. We’re also proud to share the Best New Restaurant of 2011 title with Barley Swine.

Comfort Food Kicked Up A Notch

In Austin Monthly‘s November issue, they start the season off right with amazing comfort food around town and highlights one of our favorites.

The Best New Sommeliers of 2011

Congratulations to our very own June Rodil, who earned the coveted designation from Wine & Spirits as one of the “Best New Sommeliers of 2011.”

Glossy Chef

Chef de Cuisine Rebecca Meeker receives some much-deserved recognition in October’s Glossy.

Sommelier’s Secret

Austin Woman gets the details on Congress’ wine program from June, and her top wine selections for the moment.

Austin’s New Hot Spots

Wine Spectator suggests three places to hit up when you’re in Austin, and we’re one of them… who else has an Ace Sommelier?

Top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2011

Bon Appétit selects the 10 best new restaurants in America. You’ll have to read it to find out if we made the cut.

Congress Austin named one of the best new restaurants in America

Hunter Ellis of KEYE stopped by to speak with Chef Bull about the Bon Appétit designation… make sure you watch the second segment to see Chef Bull and Hunter prepare a delicious scallop dish.

Bon Appetit’s top restaurants of 2011

The Chicago Tribune is also showing some love to the ten best new restaurants…

Forbes Exclusive: Bon Appetit Top 10 New Restaurants of 2011 gives a first look at Bon Appétit‘s top 10 new restaurants in America.

35/35: Austin’s Influential Foodies under 35

Congrats to the 35 under 35 in Austin – and to our very own Adam Bryan, June Rodil and Plinio Sandalio.

Drinks: June Rodil of Second + Congress On Going Greek And Champagne Love

Get to know June Rodil a little better as she talks with Tom Thornton of Austinist.


The Fort Worth Star-Telegram wants you to travel Texas this summer, and they have some recommendations for you.

Drinks: Adam Bryan Of Bar Congress On Underdog Spirits + The Virtues Of Patience

Adam Bryan shares his thoughts on our spaces, tiki, spirits and more with Tom Thornton of Austinist.

The most popular girl in high school, and Second Bar + Kitchen

We always love the witty posts from the Austin Eavesdropper – Tolly Moseley – and this is no exception.

Fried Olives

Cecilia Nasti of Field & Feast loves our fried olives so much, she re-created them… go ahead and give them a try.


Austin Woman Magazine gives some love to Second Bar Kitchen’s newest Sous Chef, Monica Senclair.

Imbibe Unfiltered: Drink of the Week: Montegomatica

Imbibe highlights the Montegomatica as its drink of the week – and you get the recipe.

Sky’s the Limit

Imbibe showcases the variety of Austin’s craft drinks scene – everything from cocktails to coffee to beer to spirits.

Top Ten

Ashley Kelsch, owner of Teddies for Bettys, spills her favorite ten things to Austin Monthly.

The Margarita Variations

Texas Monthly asked Elizabeth Lopez of Bar Congress to give her take on the classic margarita. Read the article to see what she came up with… OK, we’ll give you a sneak peek: “pepper and salt and sugar and smoke.”

Rach’s Austin Faves

Rachel Ray came to Austin for SXSW and found a few favorites around town.

Food program works to feed kids through summer

Your News Now interviews Chef Bull at El Buen Samaritano where he worked with the Capital Area Food Bank to feed 80 children and bring attention to childhood hunger in Texas.

A selection of chefs in Central Austin

Community Impact has a great spread on centrally-located restaurants and the chefs behind them.

Tiki cocktails take summer residence at Bar Congress

Emma Janzen gives you the heads up on Tikimatica, the new summer drink program at Bar Congress.

Hey Bartender: Brian Dressel

Get to know Brian “Brain” Dressel better in this interview by

Travel: Awesome Austin

We know Austin is awesome, but for all those who don’t, check out this article on where to stay, what to eat and what to do.

Sorry Margarita, I’m having a Moscow Mule.

Tolly Moseley tells you why the Moscow Mule is the perfect drink.

Good Taste: Dinner at Congress

Austin Man Magazine features dishes selected from Chef David Bull with wine pairings, and the reasons for the pairings, from June Rodil for its inaugural issue.

The Best New Bars in America

Bar Congress gets called out – in a good way – by Esquire for what it is bringing to the Austin cocktail scene.

Bull’s Eye on Hunger

Chef David Bull spotlights childhood hunger in the summer issue of Edible Austin. He’ll cook for 80 kids – all at less than $3 per child – on June 24th. Contact the Capital Area Food Bank if you want to help end hunger.

Dining Out with Rob Balon: Second Bar + Kitchen

Rob Balon shows what to eat at Second Bar + Kitchen on KVUE.

The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

We are honored to be recognized by the 2011 Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll in some amazing categories. Congratulations to all the winners!

Tasty Thursday and Second Bar + Kitchen

Sunday’s are even tastier with Second Bar + Kitchen’s brunch menu, and Chef Ethan Holmes shares his favorites with KXAN for Tasty Thursday.

A Fabulous Drink at Second Bar + Kitchen

You can’t go wrong with a Gin + Jam – and Nicole Carbon agrees.

Mint Juleps for Derby Day

Whether it’s Derby Day, or just a good patio-siting day, you should always have a mint julep in hand. Emma Janzen shares our recipe on and her tips.

Austin’s New Hot Hood

The 2nd Street District gets some love from the New York Times Magazine.

Go Ahead… Have a Bite

Or two, or three, or four. L Style / G Style gives you a some great places to get great bites.


L Style / G Style gives the low-down on the deliciousness that is wine on tap. Mmmm…

Dining: True Gem

Austin Monthly gives their take on a night at Congress.

Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

Chef Ethan Holmes shares Mother’s Day Brunch ideas with KEYE’s Austin Live. Don’t forget, you can eat brunch anytime…

Lucky Boozer, or Brilliant Wine Expert on the Rise?

Matt McGinnis gives June some love on

Scene Scout: Bar Congress

Imbibe scouts out Bar Congress and Adam Bryan.

Stop Whining About Cocktails and Enjoy the Revolution’s Well-Poured Drinks

Bon Appétit gives local and national love for the cocktail revolution. Viva la Revolución!

Is Austin at a Good Food Tipping Point?

Stephanie Keller shares her thoughts about the Austin dining scene with the Huffington Post.

Destination Dining Downtown

The Austin Chronicle gives its review of Congress, Second Bar + Kitchen and Bar Congress.


Christy shares her experience at Congress on

AUSTIN: Dining choices in the capital city

The Houston Chronicle spends a few weekends in Austin, and has some restaurant recs…

As Austin’s food scene grows up, so does Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival gives you a rundown of the Wine and Food Festival events this year – June, Adam and Chef Bull are all participating.

back of the house: second bar + kitchen

Marshall Wright of tells the story of Second’s opening night through his photos.

Second Bar + Kitchen – What You Should Eat During SXSW

Want a play-by-play on the Congress Burger? Read this.

Pepperoni soup and soba shoelaces: Questions for chef David Bull

After reviewing all three spots, Mike Sutter has some questions for Chef Bull.

David Bull’s Congress shatters the five-star ceiling

Mike Sutter reviews Congress in the Austin American-Statesman.

Drinking my way to respectability at Bar Congress

Bar Congress gets its review from Mike Sutter.

The many faces of Second Bar + Kitchen

Mike Sutter shares his experiences at Second.

SXSW Eats: Talking with Rachael Ray, Jimmy Kimmel

Check out the video to see what Rachel Ray thinks of Austin and Second Bar + Kitchen.

Live! From the Austin Secret Supper

Eatocracy from CNN hosts a secret supper during SXSW, and Plinio was invited.

Austin’s Hot Attractions

The Hollywood Reporter has the hottest places to eat, sleep and stay – just in time for SXSW.

What $500 Buys In….

Austin – Departures Magazine gives you the inside scoop on what you can do with $500 in the ATX.

OMG @ SXSW serenades you while tempting your taste buds – baby let me love you down…

Downtown Dining & Bites of Austin

Centered downtown for SXSW? Austin Chronicle has a list of new dining spots for you to try.

New David Bull Trio Tops For Food and Drink gives a rundown of the three spaces.

Adam Bryan to represent Austin at Texas cocktail competition

Maker’s Mark and beer? Emma Janzen tells you about Adam’s perfect combination to drink after mowing the lawn.

Food and a Movie: Strategic local restaurant suggestions to enhance your SXSW Film Festival schedule

Austin Chronicle gives advice on places to eat throughout Austin during SXSW.

A Long Weekend in Austin

Whether it’s for SXSW, or just for fun, Jodi Bart gives you tips on where to stay, where to eat and what to do during a weekend in Austin.

A SXSW festgoer’s guide to Austin’s many new restaurants

Mike Sutter lets festgoer’s know about all the new restaurants that have opened since SXSW 2010.

Eight Places to Get a Decent Drink in Downtown Austin

SXSW guides everywhere – Eater Austin has tips on where to drink.

Where to Eat in Austin: SXSW 2011 gives the buzz on where to eat during SXSW.

Know where to go to enjoy people-watching during SXSW

Ready for SXSW? Michael Barnes gives you all the best places to people-watch.

Fat Tuesday at The Austonian

Watch as Ethan shows Austin Live viewers how to be decadent on Fat Tuesday.

Austin Visitor’s Guide to Late Night Eats

Jodi Bart gives her favorite places for late night dining on, just in time for SXSW.

Confession: I love raw eggs. shares her passion for raw eggs in her cocktails, and the Preferred Lies, at Bar Congress.

Second Bar + Kitchen

Ethan shows KXAN viewers how to make avocado fundido.

Austin Food Lovers’ Guide to Entertaining Clients

Natanya Anderson shares her top picks for entertaining clients in Austin for SXSW on

Austin Nextablishments gives her insight on lasting Austin spots for SXSW.

Pat’s Pick: Congress Austin

Pat Sharpe chooses Congress for her March review in Texas Monthly.

Second Bar + Kitchen

Tribeza reviews its experience at Second Bar + Kitchen.

Your A-List, Best Cocktail

Guess which cocktail won the A-List?

An Austin Visitor’s Guide to Upscale Dining

Michelle Cheng gives her picks for upscale dining for SXSW on

Pat’s Pick: The best new restaurant in Texas right now

The New York Times picks up Pat’s Pick of Congress as the best new restaurant in Texas right now.

Different by design

The Austin Business Journal talks with Jeff Trigger about the team behind Congress Austin.

Pastry chef sweet on whimsy creates desserts to savor at Congress Austin restaurants

Plinio is shown some pastry love right around Valentine’s Day on

Cassiday’s night at Second Bar + Kitchen

Watch Cassiday from the JB & Sandy Morning Show on Mix 94.7 talk about her night out at Second Bar + Kitchen.

Jazz up your desserts for Valentine’s Day

Watch as Plinio discusses Valentine’s Day desserts with Bettie and Jason at KEYE on Austin Live.

The best meal EVER!

Cassiday, of Mix 94.7, has a date night at Second Bar + Kitchen. We also think meat is sexy…

Amid the belt-tightening, Austin restaurants let theirs out a notch

The Austin restaurant scene grows, as does the economy.


An analytical mind gives his thoughts on dinner at Congress on

3 Awesome New Bars (And What To Order)

City’s Best Austin gives tips on what to order at Bar Congress.

ATX Date Night: How To Wine And Dine Your Man

City’s Best Austin rounds up Austin date night ideas.

Deep Dish

Food Arts gives the deep dish on Congress Austin.

Austin Social Hot Spots for January

Michael Barnes includes us in his round up of Austin Social Hot Spots in January.


Lauren Petrowski, local reporter for My Fox Austin, shares details about her birthday dinner at Congress on her blog.

Worthy of a Second Look

Marques Harper interviews our designer and profiles our style in the Austin American-Statesman.

Second Street brings new sense of style to downtown

Marques Harper has a video to go with his story on

Bar Congress

Pocoa Cocoa gives its thoughts on Bar Congress.

Artisanal Intersections

Austin 360 magazine shares recipes and pictures of some of Bar Congress and Second Bar + Kitchen’s cocktails.

New spots on the ground floor of the Austonian building mix it up with a one-two punch of sophisticated cocktails

Emma Janzen interviews “Bad Billy” Hankey and Adam Bryan about the cocktail program on

Cocktails at the Austonian gallery

Photos from Emma Janzen’s time at Bar Congress.

Bar Congress

Thrillist has a video of Adam Bryan mixing cocktails at Bar Congress.

Food: Second Bar + Kitchen

Thrillist has photos and descriptions to make your mouth water.

New Food Has Come to Light

Jodi Bart covers the growing food scene on

Congress Austin

Michelle Cheng shares New Year’s Eve at Congress on

High Hopes!

Houston Modern Luxury talks about our opening.

Drink Upscale

Wes Marshall covers the cocktail scene for the Austin Chronicle.

Three dots: Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long, Billy Gibbons, Jim Franklin and more out on the town

Michael Barnes shares the holiday sightings, with Congress Austin making an appearance.

First Impressions: Second Bar + Kitchen

Jodi Bart divulges her first impressions on

Event Menu

Virgina Wood includes our opening dates in her Event Menu column.

David Bull’s new Second Bar + Kitchen set to open Dec. 26

Mike Sutter shares the details for our opening.

My Christmas dish list: 12 ways to stay green and red and thoroughly fed

Mike Sutter shares ways to stay red and green through the holidays – with our Bad Santa making an appearance.

Food Fans Rejoice: Chef David Bull is Back

City’s Best Austin talks with Chef Bull right before opening.

Click, Shake, Strain

Austin-American Statesman launches its cocktail database and speaks with our very own Adam Bryan.


Chef Bull invites Edible Austin into his home to make gnocchi with his family.

The Foodies Have Voted: Congress Restaurant Opens Next Month

Tolly Moseley shares her sneak peek of Congress Austin on

David Bull Amasses All-Star Austonian Staff

Eater Austin highlights the team of Congress Austin.

David Bull snags talent for Austonian restaurants

Mike Sutter announces the kitchen and beverage team members of Congress Austin.

New & Notable: Bull’s-Eye

Austin Monthly Home dishes on the upcoming restaurants.

Chef David Bull Teaches as Well as He Cooks

Kristi Willis shares her experience at Chef Bull’s vegetarian cooking demo at Central Market on

Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Fest: Culinary Masters

Matthew Odam reports on the conversation he shared with Chef Bull at the Culinary Masters dinner.

Top 5 Texas Food Trends

Chef Bull shares a Texas food trend with Southern Living.


Virginia Wood mentions the coming restaurant concepts in the Austin Chronicle.

Driskill Grill developers opening 2 Austonian eateries

The Austin Business Journal releases information about the restaurants.

Former Driskill chef David Bull to open two restaurants at Austonian condo tower shares plans of the restaurant concepts.

David Bull planning two restaurants at the Austonian

Mike Sutter covers the announcement of the restaurant plans.