Cheap Eats 2010: Comet Ping Pong
100 great places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 11, 2010
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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 through Thursday 5 to 10 PM; Friday 3 to 11 PM; Saturday 11:30 AM to 11 PM; Sunday 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Tenleytown-AU, 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).
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups

Why go: The rumpled servers and industrial decor channel Brooklyn coolness, and the Ping-Pong tables add a college-party vibe, but the kitchen—despite the departure of chef Carole Greenwood—turns out some of the city’s best boutique pizzas.

What to get: Cheesy veal-and-beef meatballs; wings with horseradish-heavy dipping sauce; spicy chickpea salad cut with citrus; thin-crust Yalie pizza with clams and slow-cooked onion; spinach-ricotta pizza; the Smokey, a pie with bacon and smoked Gouda; calzone with thin slices of pork; caramel ice-cream sundae.

Best for: A quick weeknight meal for kids and parents; an easy group dinner (booths fit eight, and there’s a communal table).

Insider tip: Most weekends there’s live music—often by indie bands—after the kitchen closes at 10:30.

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