You might not feel like it, but if you have $10 bucks, you are rich with dinner options that will save you from hitting up the closest drive-thru and settling for fast food. If you know where to look, Brisbane has some impossibly fine feeds for any penny pincher out there, and we’ve done just that. We’ve compiled the ultimate list of 15 best eats in Brisbane that will make the wait until payday just that little bit easier.
Hai Hai Ramen
An early week bargain to help cure those Monday (and Tuesday) blues, Paddington’s Hai Hai Ramen dishes up $10 bowls of ramen every Monday and Tuesday between 5–6pm. That’s right, a massive bowl of slurpable ramen for just a tenner. Bonus, you can also get snacks for cheap at the same time, so if you've got some extra spare change, you can spring for chicken karaage or miso corn on the side.
Bahn Mi Now
A single bite of a warmly-toasted baguette filled with mouth-watering fillings is all you need to see why they call the banh mi one of the world’s most popular sandwiches. Banh Mi Now hawks fresh and affordable sandwiches for those on the go and on a tight budget. Try their delicious crackling pork belly roll for just $8 and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
The Yiros Shop
You can never go wrong with the Greek street-food icon that is the yiros. It’s the perfect grab-and-go option to satisfy your taste buds, and The Yiros Shop has got one sweet deal going on. Treat yourself to a yiros (or two) and grab yourself a yiros and a can of drink for just $10.50 every Monday. Yeah, we know, it's over $10, but we're sure you can find the extra 50 cents in your couch.
The Defiant Duck
When it comes to cheap eats, The Defiant Duck in Newstead has gone crazy. With $1 tacos on Saturday, $5 burgers and hotdogs on Tuesdays, and $5 steak (no, that was not a typo) on Mondays, you’ll have your meals sorted for each day of the week and your bank balance will be back to looking plump and juicy in no time.
Fresh, fast, fun and cheap—Fratelli Famous serve up their tasty signature pizzas everyday from 3–5pm for just $10. Take your pick from their mouth-watering menu selection of pork and fennel meatballs, spicy salami, or if you’re a pizza classic, their famous margherita.
Tuesday night is taco night at Remy’s, so grab the gang and salsa on over to Paddington and treat yourself to one taco for $3, or four tacos for just $10. We know which option we'd prefer. To top off the night, wash those tacos down with a margarita and you can bet yourself you’ll want to be back here every Tuesday from here on out.
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative that’s not just spinach leaves, cucumbers and few cherry tomatoes, you can never go wrong with the delicious and nourishing vegetarian food on offer at Govinda’s. For just $10, grab yourself a plate piled up with jasmine rice and your choice of three dishes including their daily special curry, kofta balls, lentil soup and much more.
The legends over at Beerhaüs have meat lovers sorted with their famous 10c wings. Available every Monday with the purchase of select drinks, you can tuck into 20 wings for just $2. You read that right, 20 wings for just $2. While this may not do wonders for those working on their summer bod, we say you’re only human, so treat yourself.
The Bagel Boys
Whether you’re rushing to work in the morning or trying to keep up on that saving rather than spending spree, The Bagel Boys has you and your wallet covered. Serving up a whole heap of unique, tasty filled bagels that will cost you no more than $10, The Bagel Boys is the perfect grab-and-go lunch option that will be sure to become your new regular spot.
Transporting delicious comfort food from the alleyways of New York right to Brisbane CBD, Melt Brothers is your destination for an authentic grilled cheese sandwich. With their signature Triple Cheese available for just $6.50, and their M.C. Cheesy toastie filled with mac 'n' cheese for $9.95, there’s an option for everyone that will fulfill all your warm, hearty comfort food desires.
While the pho may be the golden dish here, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the other appetising, crowd fave options Phat Pho has to offer that give plenty of bang for buck. Their beloved rice paper rolls filled with only the freshest ingredients will only set you back $6.90 for two, while other goodies including banh mi and spring rolls are all under $10.
Taco enthusiasts, Tuesday nights at Tippler’s Tap are calling you. Enjoy munching on spicy beef tacos for just $2 and vegan taco options for $3 while taking in the venue’s vibrant murals and endless selection of drinks from their 14-tap bar.
Kenmore & Wilston
Not only is Pizzeria Violetta a delightful spot for a meal with the family or friends, those who are after a satisfying and inexpensive feed are well-catered for. Nail your lunch or dinner plans on Tuesdays and snag yourself an OG margherita pizza for only $10, all day long.
Tucked away in Fish Lane, you’ll find the cool designer beer hall that is Saccharomyces Beer Cafe. Serving up daily breakfast, followed by craft beers and eats until midnight, Saccharomyces also dishes up a $10 meal just about every night of the week. Grab their cheesy mac 'n' cheese on Mondays, a cheese or veg burger on Tuesdays, beef chilli nachos on Wednesdays and smoked ham and cheese pizzas on Thursdays, all for the same price as your specialty craft beer.
El Camino Cantina
It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t end our list on another taco Tuesday joint, after all, who doesn’t love tacos? Hard or soft shell—we don’t discriminate. Everyone’s favourite bustling Mexican joint, El Camino Cantina will be serving $2 tacos every Tuesday. The best part? Each week a new selection of tacos will be revealed so you’ll never get tired of eating the same thing, not that anyone ever gets tired of tacos.
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