We are back in DC. The nation’s capital, known for its politics, go-go music and delicious food. There are several spots with decent options that you can hit up almost anywhere in the district. But we’re not looking for decent, we’re looking for next-level, mind-blowing deliciousness that’s actually affordable. Join host Kimberly Kong as she takes us to the best spot to get dumplings in DC for $5 or less. We’re going to a local hot spot: Reren in Chinatown. If delicious and affordable is what looking for, we’ve got you covered. That is, after all, why Thrillist is your go-to, be-all and end-all for food recommendations. You know the rules: We’ve only got five bucks, so we need to make every penny count… and we’ve definitely got you covered.

Thrillist is bringing back its popular cheap-eats show, but bigger and better than ever with three new hosts. Every week, we’ll explore all the best places to eat (that actually taste good) for under $5, and not a penny more. This season, we’re taking it beyond just New York City and traveling to Washington, DC and the San Francisco Bay Area to show you where to get the best bang for your buck. So if you need a break from the expensive, the chains, or you’re just looking for new places to try in your city, this is the show for you. Welcome to “5 Buck Lunch.”

Kimberly Kong is a Korean-American food & lifestyle blogger based in the DMV area. A Juilliard-trained pianist, Kimberly scours the city for the best deals so she can live and eat like a queen without breaking her budget. She uses her blogs Nomtastic Foods & Sensible Stylista to teach readers her tricks and share her best finds. You can catch her in Chinatown scarfing down $5 pork dumplings at Reren, hanging out in Columbia Heights indulging in $3 tacos at Mezcalero, or enjoying delicious, but affordable, plant-based bites at Pow Pow before catching a show at the Rock & Roll Hotel.


Kimberly Kong

Marvin Mack

Camera Operator
Alex Glass

Audio Operator
Ted Hogeman

Production Assistants
Alexis Barone
Kari Hansen

Production Coordinator
Myra Rivera

Ede Bell Crowder
Gunsel Pehlivan

Design Director
Ted McGrath

Fredy Delgado

Senior Producer
Lauren Brenner

Line Producer
Emily Tufaro

Post-Production Supervisor
Dan Byrne

Supervising Producer
Stasia Jones

Executive Producer
Justin Lundstrom

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