Food & Drink

20 Of The Best Cheap Eats In Brisbane For Under $15

By Angelica Silva

a bowl of ramen, one of our cheap eats in Brisbane

If you have ten bucks, you are rich with dining options that will save you from hitting up the closest drive-thru and settling for sad fast food. If you know where to look, Brisbane/Meanjin has some impossibly fine feeds for any penny pincher—and we're not just talking about a bowl of chips. 

From slurpable bowls of ramen to hanger-busting yiros wraps, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of cheap eats in Brisbane that will make the wait until payday just that little bit easier. 

Under $10 

Hai Hai Ramen

102 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington 

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 5pm and 6pm. That’s right, a massive bowl of slurpable ramen for just a tenner (so you'll have spare cash to splash on their irresistible miso corn).

The Bagel Boys

Various Locations

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 tasty bargain bagels that will cost you no more than $9.50, The Bagel Boys is the perfect grab-and-go lunch option that will be sure to become your new regular spot. 

Banh Mi Factory

10 Austin Street, Newstead | 1/235 Zillmere Road, Zillmere

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Regarded by many as the best banh in town, Banh Mi Factory's fresh, fluffy rolls packed with tasty ingredients come in at an easy $9.90. Choose from char-grilled chicken, pork, beef (or a mix) or tofu to pair with the house-made mayo and pate, pickled carrots, crispy cucumbers and fresh coriander (and don't forget the fresh chilli).


106 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

If there's one thing we love, it's options. Remy’s has you covered, with $6 cheesys available between 5pm and 6pm from Monday to Thursday. That's a $6 cheeseburger for anyone unaware. It's the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a mouthwatering cheeseburger without emptying your wallet.

Bloodhound Bar

454 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Maybe you missed wing Wednesday. No problem, Bloodhound Bar in the Valley has you covered. Fridays are wild wing Fridays where you can nab 10 wings for $10 with a drink purchase from 4pm. They also do tricky taco Tuesdays with three of the suckers for $10 all day long. You can't go wrong.

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Good Lookin' Rooster

Various Locations

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Roll up, roll up! Good Lookin' Rooster's got a good lookin' deal for you with their classic chicken and gravy roll and for just $10, it's irrestistability grows. If you've got a few extra dollars, you can even get it with a side of chips for $12 on Tuesdays. And they cover both sides of town? GLR, you spoil us. 

El Camino

153 Stanley Street, South Brisbane | 2/45 King Street, Bowen Hills | Westfield Chermside, Chermside

El Camino are known for their vibrant, multi-coloured sombreros and frozen marg towers, but did you know they whip up a cracker taco? To sweeten the deal, every Tuesday their tacos are just $2. You can also cop their special Cadillac tacos for $4 and if you're a taco fanatic like us at Urban List, you'll want to check in every week for their MVT: most valuable taco. A new, inventive flavour will grace your plate every week and it's included in the $2 range. Winning.

Under $15 


358 George Street, Brisbane CBD | 82 Vulture Street, West End

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 $11, grab yourself a plate piled up with jasmine rice and your choice of veggie curry, dahl or insane koftas with herby chutney, or make it $13 and you can choose two... if you know you know.


Various Locations

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This boutique takeaway joint is dishing up uber creative salads that will make you never want to eat the plain garden or caesar variety ever again. Botanica’s five locations have every side of Brisbane covered, so you can enjoy their fresh, flavoursome salads from any part of town. For just $15 you can pack in up to three unique salad flavours that are on a regular rotation, including vegan, nut-free and gluten-free options. 


99 Kedron Brook Road, Wilston | 11-12 Little Stanley Street, South Brisbane

They do frites, they do beers, and they most definitely do burgers. Fritzenberger is starting the week right with specials Monday through Wednesday. First up they are dishing up $12 burgers on Mondays, with the burger love continuing on Tuesdays with two-for-one burgers. And if you're craving some wings as a midweek treat, Wednesdays are your day with $1 wings available with any full-price item. That's how you kickstart your week in style.

The Bavarian

Westfield Chermside, Gympie Road, Chermside

Looking for double the deliciousness without doubling your spending? At The Bavarian, Tuesday is two-for-one schnitty night, so grab a friend or a partner to double up on some schnitzel goodness. But that’s not all—every Monday they dish up 20-cent wings all day long. 20. Freaking. Cents. There’s a 10-wing maximum (that’s just $2 people) and you will have to order a drink to get the deal, but frankly, you can probably still manage to get the lot for under $10. 

Bird's Nest

Various Locations

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Bird's Nest is offering some epic deals to brighten up the weekday lunch rush. For just $15, dive into their rice bowl specials featuring options like succulent teriyaki chicken, crispy karaage chicken, charcoal-grilled veggies, slow-braised pork, or brisket all served on a bed of fresh, warm rice. Fluffy bao buns are also on the agenda for just $12, with all these lunch specials served with a bowl of miso soup. Suddenly, the week is looking up.


1/144 Edward Street, Brisbane CBD | 45 King Street, Bowen Hills

It may be the Winghaus, but don't discount their burgers. Or do, because every Monday they have a two-for-one burger deal, meaning you can get a bargain burger from just $10.50. Meanwhile, Wednesday nights are classically wing night and Winghaus has got you covered with 50 cent wings. With any drink purchase before 5pm you can get 10 wings for $5. The holy grail. 


56 King Street, Bowen Hills

When that craving for all-American Southern flavours hits, Claw is the place to be. From 5pm on Wednesdays they’re dishing up ½ price Parmis – accompanied with Claw’s signature salsa, pepper jack cheese, crispy fries and coleslaw. For just $13, that’s a lot of bang for your buck. Plus, Thursdays is 2-for-1 burger night, with their loaded buns giving us all the patriotic feels. From 5pm, bring a mate and enjoy two of their single-patty burgers with a side of fries because honestly, who could resist?

The Yiros Shop

Various Locations

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The Yiros Shop just made it a whole lot easier (and cheaper) to wrap your hands around fresh and juicy yiros. For less than $15, indulge in their mouthwatering yiros filled with your choice of chicken, pork, lamb, halloumi, or veggies, complemented by a generous serving of tzatziki and crispy chips, or opt for a snack pack loaded up with meat and sauce and of course, those feta fries. 


22 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace

Certified locals Brewski are here to spice up your weekly routine with their Cheeseburger Tuesday deal, where with any drink purchase, you can snag one of their mouthwatering cheeseburgers for just $12. But that's not all, they've also got a tempting $12 lunch menu to satisfy your midday cravings. As the name implies, they have a huge range of brews, pulling beers from all over the world with something for everyone. Talk about a way to get through the week.

Harajuku Gyoza

184 Grey Street, South Bank | 141 QueensStreet, Brisbane CBD

Harajuku Gyoza is dishing out some serious midweek perks without emptying your pockets, thanks to their lunch specials running through the busy work week. Grab your favourite pair of chopsticks because Monday and Tuesday is two-for-one plates of gyoza—so you can grab five cheeseburger gyoza and five buffalo chicken gyoza for just $15. And the specials don’t stop there, with their bowls going for just $15 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Beef, chicken, pork, tofu—you name it, they’ve got it.

Mucho Mexicano

274 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne | 15 Little Stanley Street, South Brisbane

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If your taste buds are in need of a fiesta but your wallet is telling you otherwise, then you have to check out Mucho Mexicano. Their Taco Tuesday special is where it's at, offering three tacos for just $12. Choose from succulent shredded beef cheeks to pumpkin and halloumi, zesty chargrilled chicken, and so, so many more. And don't forget to top off your tacos with a refreshing margarita from their extensive selection, porque no hay fiesta sin margaritas.

Little Greek Taverna

1 Browning Street, West End

If you're craving a bit of Mediterranean flair in your diet, but aren't quite willing to fork out for lamb cutlets or seafood, Little Greek Taverna is serving up their signature pitas for just $12. Unless you're there before 5pm, you will need to order them takeaway, but they make the perfect lunch or very early dinner (which we're not against) and come in a variety of classic flavours. 

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