Where They Eat: Fleet Street and Comet Ping Pong

Fleet Street are a gritty rock band from Annapolis, Maryland that are hard to classify. Are the a blues band with garage punk tendencies? An acoustic band with woebegone lyrics? Perhaps a stalwart of lo-fi whose slurring rawness is reminiscent of a drunken Bob Dylan frog hopping Jay Reatard? A jazz act that sings kids songs? One thing we can be certain of is that Fleet Street is a prolific act. Three albums last year, five in the past two, each one giving you a slightly different idea of who the band is. It should come as a surprise to no one that Fleet Street has another album coming out soon (so look for it). The new album will have some “solid dirty/distortion tracks.”

Fleet Street needs to eat and they need a restaurant that fits their style (you know, one that is tough to pigeon hole). That place is Comet Ping Pong in DC. Comet Ping Pong is a pizza place that provides a venue for local musicians to perform, artists to hang their work and ping pong aficionados to get their game on. One might expect, from a place that has so many interests, that the pizza is your typical run-of-the-mill fare. It isn’t. They offer unique choices like “the slam” (arugula and bresaola), “the drive” (broccoli rabe, egg, garlic and melted onion), the D.F (organic black beans, organic beef, crema and lime salsa) and Fleet Street’s favorite “the Yalie (fresh clams, garlic, melted onions, thyme and lemon). Vegan? Celiac? No problem. They also offer a make your own section where you can swap out the dairy for soy cheese or the crust for a gluten free version.

Comet Ping Pong’s menu also includes a full list of bottled and on tap beers, wines, salads and starters and desserts. The restaurant also focuses on sustainability as their menu states that almost all of the food served there is “farmed and harvested in a sustainable manner.”

Socially and dietary conscience pizza with ping pong and live music, what is not to like about that? As Fleet Street said “definitely a place of the future, we’d love to see more places like Comet with creative homemade style pizza.”

I know where I’m going on my next trip through DC.

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