Comet Ping Pong
5037 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Pizza, American
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.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Cleveland Park
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Meatballs; chicken wings; chickpea salad; spinach-ricotta pizza; pizza with pepperoni and smoked mushrooms; white pizza with clams; pork calzone; caramel ice cream sundae.
Pizzas, $9 (toppings are $1 extra).
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
When this stripped-down pizza place opened five years ago next to sister restaurant Buck's Fishing & Camping, it was notable for its chef, locavore pioneer Carole Greenwood, and its departure from the Neapolitan leanings of its pizzeria competition. Now, although Greenwood is long gone and the pizza scene has blossomed, Comet remains in the top tier. Much hasn't changed: The crowd looks like a mix of Slate writers, Fort Reno concertgoers, and keyed-up five-year-olds. The bathrooms are still behind an unmarked wall panel, and the wait for one of the Ping-Pong tables can rival a Harry Potter opening. But there's plenty that's new, such as tender meatballs blanketed in terrific red sauce (now sold by the jar) and fluffy tiramisu. To drink, there are wine carafes and interesting draft beers. Or to stick with the Cheap Eats theme, $2.50 cans of PBR.
Also good: Jerk chicken wings; the Yalie, a white-clam pizza; the Hottie, a pizza with pepperoni and jalapeños; salty-caramel/praline ice cream; snickerdoodle cookies.
Open daily for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch.