The Senate food program consists of 11 food service, catering and vending operations located throughout the U.S. Senate Office Buildings and the U.S. Capitol Building. All Senate Restaurants facilities are managed by the Architect of the Capitol under commercial food service contracts. The food service for the U.S. Senate is provided by two food service contractors, Restaurant Associates and KSC, Inc.
- American Grill
- Dirksen Cafe
- Dirksen Coffee Shop
- Inside Scoop
- Senate Dining Room
- Southside Buffet
- Senate Carry-out
Menus, hours and additional information for all of the above.
- Cups & Company
Russell Building Basement, SR-B65
Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fridays and when Senate is out of session: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cups & Company serves breakfast featuring specialty coffees, espresso and fine pastries. Lunch service includes a variety of by-the-ounce hot and cold entrees and salad bars with an Asian theme, along with an extensive selection of gourmet sandwiches.
Senate Bean Soup
Senate Bean Soup is on the menu of Senate Restaurants every day. The origin of this culinary decree has been lost in antiquity, but there are several oft-repeated legends.
One story has it that Senator Fred Thomas Dubois of Idaho, who served in the Senate from 1901 to 1907, when chairman of the committee that supervised the Senate Restaurants, gaveled through a resolution requiring that Bean Soup be on the menu every day.
Another account attributes the Bean Soup mandate to Senator Knute Nelson of Minnesota, who expressed his fondness for it in 1903.
Take two pounds of Michigan Navy Beans, wash, and run through hot water until beans are white again. Put on fire with four quarts of hot water. Then take one and one-half pounds of smoked ham hocks, boil slowly, approximately three hours in a covered pot. Braise one chopped onion in a little butter, and when light brown, put in Bean Soup. Season with salt and pepper, then serve. Do not add salt until ready to serve. Serves eight.