15 Eats Under $15

By Kim Barnard
25th Jun 2012

I don't know about you, but the end-of-financial-year sales have sucked me in big time, and left me with an unfamiliar (ok, not that unfamiliar) empty feeling in my wallet.

With my hard-earned cash well and truly spent on boots, boots, and more boots, I am in desperate need of some budget-friendly options to fill my belly - without the hefty price tag.

With that in mind, here are 15 eats under $15 to keep you fed 'til next payday.

1. Steak Roll | Breakfast Creek Hotel

Famous Brekky Creek steak, diced bacon, coleslaw and some chilli sauce on a roll. Head here for an unashamedly hearty lunch at a bargain price. $6. Wash down with a beer. Happy days.

Where: 2 Kingsford Smith Drive | Breakfast Creek

Contact: 07 3262 5988

2. Three Fish Rainbow Box | Fresh Sushi Co

The freshest of the fresh. The Rainbow box is delicious and will set you back just $12. Bargain.

Where: Shop C09/22 James Street | Fortitude Valley

Contact: 07 3852 6659

3. $1 Dumplings | Happy Little Dumplings

Need a mid-morning snack to tide you over? Have a delicious dumpling (or 15) to keep the hunger pangs at bay. $1 each between 10am and 11am daily.

Where: Shop 10, 65 James St | Fortitude Valley

Contact: 07 3854 0741

4. Rice Paper Rolls | Quan Thanh 

Wrap your own rice paper rolls at this Vietnamese institution. Whether you choose tofu, chicken, beef or king prawn, it's all under the $15 price bracket. Hurrah!

Where: Quan Thanh | 75 Hardgrave Road in West End
Contact: 07 3846 3849

5. Pain au Chocolat | Chouquette

Keen for a sweet treat? Chouquette has got you covered, and the Pain au Chocolat (chocolate croissant) is hard to beat. At just $4 you can grab one for your bestie with your spare cash.

Where: 1/19 Barker St | New Farm

Contact: 07 3358 6336

6.   Lamb Rogan Josh | A Night in India

Winter and curry go together. They just do. And there are few better options than this classic, dished up at one of Brisbane's best Indian restaurants. $14.50.

Where: 58 High St | Toowong

Contact: 07 3217 7955

7. Smokehouse Sandwich | Sourced Grocer

This is one glorious sandwich. A mountain of smoked chicken, thick cut swiss cheese, fresh greens and smashed avocado all sandwiched between fresh cut sour dough. Seriously good eating for $12.50. 

Where: 11 Florence Street in Tenneriffe

Contact: 07 3852 6734

8.   Seafood Basket | The Fishery

All the classic components you would expect to find in a seafood basket, but in a super fresh, non-greasy package. At $14.90, this scrapes in and leaves just enough for a sachet of Tartare sauce.

Where: 6a/16 Baroona Rd | Milton

Contact: 07 3369 4707

9.   Peanut Butter Gelato | ShliX

A great way to treat yourself when your budget's a bit tight. Peanut butter is the winner for me, and $6.20 will get you a large one. Get two so you don't have to share.

Where: 364 Brunswick St | Fortitude Valley

Contact: 07 3252 2229

10. Creamy Porridge | Harveys Bar and Bistro

Use your money wisely and spend it on the most important meal of the day. We love porridge, and this one is the business. $9.50.

Where: 4/31 James St | Fortitude Valley

Contact: 07 3852 3700

11. Pho Rare Beef Soup | PhoB

Simple, refreshing and delicious, this soup is pretty much the perfect lunch. Tasty broth, tender meat and lots of chilli and herbs - all for $10.80 - make this hard to beat.

Where: 28 Duncan St, Chinatown Mall | Fortitude Valley

Contact: 07 3852 2889

12. Marinated Squid Salad with White Beans & Chilli | Riverbend Books Teahouse

An East-side favourite, Riverbend can always be counted on to serve up something yummy. $15 will get you this delicious salad, which, when coupled with your latest book purchase, definitely hits the spot.

Where: 193 Oxford St | Bulimba

Contact: 07 3899 8555

13. BLATCH | Jam Jar

Bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato, cheese, herb and chilli salsa on ciabatta topped with roasted garlic. $15. Run.

Where: 138 Boundary St | West End

Contact: 07 3844 3395

14. Cheese plate | Sardine Tin

Nothing beats a good cheese. Choose from the selection on offer and enjoy with quince, crackers and pickles. $12.

Where: Shop 3a, 'Arbour on Grey', Little Stanley St | Southbank

Contact: 07 3846 1146

15. Pepperoni Pizza | Two Sisters Pizza

Any budget food list would not be complete without a pizza. Luckily, though, there is no need to resort to the cardboard variety if you're a bit strapped. Think thin, crispy bases and fresh toppings at this Auchenflower favourite. $13 for a medium pie.

Where: 3/418 Milton Rd | Auchenflower

Contact: 07 3371 7400


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