When it comes to food, I have champagne taste but a beer budget, and my measly dollars don’t get me very far if I insist on ordering wine with my meal and having sashimi for dinner three times a week.
Between uni, a part time job, an internship, and my (meagre) social life, there isn't a lot time for home cooking—my ridiculous collection of cookbooks haven’t taught me anything (sorry, Nigella). But as humans do, I have adapted. Adapted to my urban surroundings and ferreted out Brisbane’s best cheap eats that will satisfy even the most discerning foodie, with the added bonus of nothing costing more than two tenners.
Here's 20 more cheaps eats in Brisbane under $20. Tuck in.
- Long has The Burrow been supporting poor foodies on the quest for good pizza that won’t break the bank. I recommend the Beef & Blue pizza; beef meatballs, grilled onions, mushrooms and confit garlic, blue cheese sauce, and mozzarella—for only $15. Nice!
- A cheap meal doesn’t have to be boring. Zero Fox serves up killer sushi and Asian eats and pours Aussie craft beer out the taps. Try the salmon aburi nigiri for $10. Trust us, it's not small.
- All the ramen offerings at Hai Hai qualify for this list, but the vegetarian kelp and shitake broth with thick noodles, tofu, hanjuku egg, nori, and seasonal vegetables is a stand out (for just $16).
- Bagel Bar can sort your breakfast and lunch hunger for less than $15. Grab an avocado bagel on sesame and The Dad’s Army bagel (jalapeno schmear, salami, roast capsicum, rocket, tomato, and chilli relish – amaze) and be the envy of everyone in your office.
- Nene Chicken will satisfy your lunch cravings with a box of thier original boneless chicken for $10.95.
- Corbett and Claude have plenty of cheap dinner options, but we recommend you feast on The Director pizza and enjoy pulled pork, radicchio and red onion for just $20.
- For a healthier lunch option, swing by Phat Elephant for a papaya salad with fresh green paw paw, green beans, shrimp and roasted peanuts with a traditional chrysanthemum iced tea—get both with change from a $20.
- At Heya Bar you can chow down on fried pork and prawn wontons and kimchi chilli fries for just $19.
- If you’re after something truly unique, at Harajuku Gyoza you can enjoy lemongrass chicken gyoza and the viral-sensation matcha raindrop cake for less than $15.
- Treat your friend to lunch and shout them the satay chicken banh-mi at Little Saigon Grill. Bask in their appreciation while you slurp up fried wonton and bbq pork noodle soup, without spending more than $20 for the both of you.
- Don’t worry vegans; Swampdog is here to help you save money too. $17 will get you their famous 'fishless and chips' meal-deal with a side of pineapple and coriander salsa.
- Swing by Buffalo Bar on your next night out and share a basket of wings for $14.5. Choose from wet or dry seasonings such as Siracha, honey and garlic, bacon, cheese and chive, or the damn spicy Hell Bound Bad Boys.
- At Motto Motto you can feast on the chicken karage brioche roll with sweet chilli dressing, crispy green salad, onion, tomato, and pickled cucumber with a side of edamame beans for $15.
- Already a Brisbane favourite, Melt Brothers does thier M.C Cheesy toastie—mac n cheese stuffed toastie with maple bacon, chipotle mayo and cheddar—for a measly $11.50.
- At The Defiant Duck, $20 will get you any of their burgers or hotdogs with a side of shoestring or sweet potato fries. Toasted Cuban sandwich, New York hotdog, beef and bacon burger... Mmmmm.
- For a healthier option Botanica Real Foods offers a generous salad box with your choice of three salads for $11. Guilt-free goodness!
- At The Flying Cock you can feed you and your date for $20 on Wednesday nights with 2-for-$20 parmies. Your date can shout drinks.
- Satisfy those cravings with Super Whatnot’s nachos locos with 24-hour slow cooked beef, black beans, Pico de Gallo, and sour cream for just $14. Seriously?
- Atticus Finch serves a decent range of quesadillas for $14, and with the remaining $6 you can enjoy 2-for-1 Asahi’s during happy hour. Score!
- If you haven’t tried the marinated pork bibimbap bowl from Maru Korean BBQ, I urge you to—less than $16. We're not making these numbers up, promise!
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