Congress restaurantsTake a break during the APA’s 36th Annual Congress this week at one of many eateries in National Harbor, Maryland.

Start right in the middle of the action at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center where Congress is being held. The venue offers seven in-house restaurants, one of which will be sure to suit your taste. Dress to impress and reserve a table at the Old Hickory Steakhouse, or keep it casual at the National Pastime Sports Bar and Grill.

Step outside and you’ll find plenty of good eats within walking distance of the hotel.

For classic Maryland seafood, Crab Cake Café (140 National Plaza, Oxon Hill) offers a variety of toppings to dress up the waterfront favorite. Pair it with a crisp salad or a Chesapeake-inspired soup.

If you’re craving something spicier, Nando’s Peri-Peri (191 American Way, Oxon Hill) is a Portuguese-style restaurant where its namesake peri-peri sauce is prepared to your personal heat preference.

End the night with live music and entertainment at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar (172 Fleet Street, National Harbor), which takes continuous song requests and presents live comedy acts. Hotel guests have cover charges waived, plus 20% off food and drink per tab when you show your room key.