Cheap Eats 2009: Comet Ping Pong
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 19, 2009
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Comet Ping Pong
Address: 5037 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-364-0404
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Pizza, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday 5 to 9; Tuesday through Thursday 5 to 9:30; Friday 5 to 10:30; Saturday 11 AM to 10:30 PM; Sunday 11 AM to 9 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Cleveland Park
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Meatballs; chicken wings; chickpea salad; spinach-ricotta pizza; pizza with pepperoni and smoked mushrooms; white pizza with clams; pork calzone; caramel ice cream sundae.
Price Details: Pizzas, $9 (toppings are $1 extra).

Why go: The next-door neighbor of Carole Greenwood’s Buck’s Fishing & Camping, this pizza joint takes food just as seriously. And when the kitchen’s on, the thin-crust pizzas from the wood-fired oven are some of the best around.

What to get: Spicy-vinegary chickpea salad; jerk chicken wings with horseradish dip; freeform pizzas such as the sauceless clam-and-garlic pie, one with lilliputian meatballs, and assorted craft-your-own options (the smoked mushrooms are fabulous); chocolate Texas sheet cake with gooey icing.

Best for: Dining during the week when the hordes are at bay; dining on weekends when the hordes are out in force and the place feels like a party.

Insider tip: Consider eating at the bar, where stools empty now and then, or in the Ping-Pong annex, where the odd chair and loveseat and a counter of sorts make good perches to watch families at play.

Open Monday through Friday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner.

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