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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Loosen the Beltway in Washington, D.C.


4. Insider’s Tip

Comet Ping Pong  

If you're looking to overhear some of the best political gossip in D.C., skip power-table-hopping at 1789 and try two neighborhood joints in the upper northwest, where many D.C. operatives both live and socialize. Chef Carole Greenwood co-owns Buck's Fishing & Camping (5031 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-364-0777) and the nearby pizzeria Comet Ping Pong (5037 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-364-0404). In an election year, political chatter roars louder even in Washington. So while you’re playing a free game of Ping-Pong at Comet or waiting on a steak at Buck’s, eavesdrop on regulars like Ted Kennedy, Tucker Carlson, Sidney Blumenthal, Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame, Harold Ford, Chris Matthews, Jane Mayer of The New Yorker, and Donald Graham of the Washington Post.

Published on Jan 23, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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