Details

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 2009: Comet Ping Pong

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

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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