Comet Ping Pong

Written by on June 5, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Upper Northwest, Washington, DC

How I heard of this place: Seraj. Then LivingSocial. Mostly Seraj.

Type of cuisine: While best known for their pizza, Comet also offers wings, meatballs, breadsticks and salad, not to mention a plethora of ice-cream-related desserts (sundaes, floats), cookies, and cakes. “Nearly all the food served at Comet Ping Pong is farmed and harvested in a sustainable manner.”

Ambiance: A “hipster-heavy parlor in the Upper Northwest with rough concrete walls,[cavernous, scaffolding exposed ceiling], bathrooms hidden behind secret panels, and table tennis galore [including each booth table, which is painted green to resemble a ping pong table!]. Thin-crust pies from the wood-burning oven are as much of an attractioni as the regularly scheduled live bands.” The artwork creates a playful, “tongue-in-cheek” masterpiece throughout the establishment, with the exposed brick walls, where plaster and paint are chipping away, exposed wooden scaffolding, a bike and a mint-green Vespaparked on planks hanging from the ceiling, among band posters, a large-screen television and framed black and white photographs across the dining hall wall. Music blasts loudly, ping pong balls flying high, and cheers emanating from the onlookers at the tables, while crowds bustle around the bar, laughing, talking and enjoying their beer and ping pong.

What I ordered: The three of us chose to share three different pizzas, and two Green Salads ($5 each), a simple mix of lettuces, tossed in olive oil. The three pizzas on the docket: The Smoky ($13) with smoky mushrooms, smoky mozzarella, smoky bacon, melted onions, and garlic, the Steel Wills ($13) with spinach, fresh ricotta, garlic, Parmesan, Kalamata olives, and Comet tomato sauce, and The Rodrigo or Districto Federal ($14) prepared with organic black beans, organic beef, crema, and a drizzle of lime salsa.

Comet Ping Pong

What I loved: Of the three pizzas, my favorite was The Smoky, for its smokiness and true pizza tones.

The Smoky

I was most intrigued by The Rodrigo, which resembled a Mexican breakfast burrito, minus the egg and laying flat (rather than rolled into a burrito).

The Mexican

The Steel Wills’ tomato sauce and healthy abundance of spinach satisfied the craving for greens.

The Steel Wills

Why I loved it: The ambiance, loud and full of energy, not to mention the ping pong tables and hoards playing or watching, were truly the highlight of our dinner. The food, a delicious bonus!

Cost: Average ($11-$14 per pizza)

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