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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 2011: Comet Ping Pong

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 jalapeƱos; salty-caramel/praline ice cream; snickerdoodle cookies.

Open daily for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch.