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Comet Ping Pong

5037 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008

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

Nearby Metro Stops: Tenleytown-AU, Cleveland Park

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Accepted

Website: http://www.cometpingpong.com

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

Cheap Eats 2008: Comet Ping Pong

Why go: Chef Carole Greenwood, who also owns Buck’s Fishing & Camping next door, brings her earthy cooking philosophy to a pizza parlor. When the place is on, the results are as striking as the dining room, which grafts a college pizza joint onto a Soho loft.

What to get: The rustically misshapen, wood-fired pies with Blue Ridge buffalo mozzarella and sauce made from Toigo Orchard tomatoes. They’re even better with clams and garlic (sans sauce); a few tiny meatballs; or a mix of smoked mushrooms, sautéed leeks, and pepperoni. Comet’s spicy wings, done in a jerk-style dry rub and served with thick horseradish sauce, are terrific.

Best for: An impromptu weekend dinner (the space is so big that you’ll almost always find a place to sit, though you won’t necessarily land one of the Ping-Pong tables); noisemaking families; a casual date.

Insider tip: Comet’s bathrooms are in the vestibule between the dining room and Ping-Pong room, behind two unmarked wooden walls that you have to push open. What is this, Scooby Doo?

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

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