Food & Drink

50 Brisbane Cheap Eats For $10 Or Less

By Joanna Fraser - 09 Apr 2018


Do you have ten dollars flapping around in your otherwise empty wallet? Don’t head straight to the golden arches just yet, coz Brisbane is surprisingly kind to the frugal and the broke. With burgers, gourmet salads, and hot dawgs all on offer for ten dollars and under, there is no need to spend the night at home weeping over a bowl of two-minute noodles. And although some of the dishes might be a little more snack than supper, at least you will be coming home with some change for once.

Here are Brisbane’s best eats for under $10.

  1. Kim Thanh’s pork and salad roll $4.50 
  2. Giant pretzel with sweet mustard from Bavarian Bier Cafe $10
  3. Combo meal of three dishes and rice at West-End favourite, Govinda’s $10 
  4. The Olympus wrap from Wrapture, with lemon chicken, onion, tomato and lettuce with yoghurt on soft pita $10
  5. PJ’s Steaks American chilli hotdog $8.50
  6. A lil' Pepper-Noni pizza from The Burrow $10 
  7. Sausage and egg burger with BBQ sauce from Ben's Burgers $8
  8. Pulled pork or beef brisket melt at Getta Burger $9.50 
  9. Deep-fried maple ice cream with smoked butter popcorn and rum and raisin sauce from Buffalo Bar $10
  10. Grilled duck gyoza at Harajuku Gyoza $9
  11. Tuesday tacos from 6pm at Remy's $3 each 
  12. A couple of soft rice paper rolls from Phat Pho $6.90 
  13. Nono's falafel balls on pita bread with hummus, tahini, tabouli and salad $8.50
  14. King Tea's super-affordable cheese plates with bread, pickles and chutney from $9 for one cheese 
  15. Hummus on toasted rye with Israeli salad and olive oil from Naïm $9 (add a bit of heat with a side of herby zhuug sauce for just $1)
  16. Super Combo's Round 1 burger with classic beef patty, cheese, pickles and mustard and ketchup $9
  17. Two of Lucky Egg's Thursday specials: togarashi fried chicken Banh Mi $5 each
  18. Classic corn dog from Defiant Duck $10
  19. A freshly made deli sanga from Brisbane City's resident fromageries, the Cheese Pleaser $9.50 
  20. Classic tacos at Pepe's Mexcian $8.90
  21. Quan Thanh's prawn and pork rice paper rolls $9.50 for three
  22. Popcorn shrimp with habanero sauce from Fat Angel Sports Bar and Grill $9
  23. The Reuben bagel from the Bagel Boys $9.50
  24. Your choice of gourmet hot dog from H-Dogz food truck $10 
  25. Crispy pork belly bahn-mi from Little Saigon Grill $8.40 
  26. Chicago style hot dog from the Tippler’s Tap $10 
  27. Porcini, black truffle and rocket pesto arancini from Colle Rosso $10
  28. The APO's halloumi fries with parsley aioli $8
  29. Kettle & Tin’s take away three-cheese toastie $10
  30. Bloodhound Corner Bar's Wednesday special: 1 kilo of wings $10
  31. Classic grilled cheese at Southside Tea Room $9.50 
  32. The stavros stavrou haloumi pita from Zeus Street Greek $9.50
  33. New Shanghai Xiao Long Bao steamed pork dumplings $8.60 
  34. A 6-pack of buffalo wings from Carolina Kitchen $9
  35. Two cheeseburger spring rolls, complete with lettuce, pickle and kim chi mayo, from Heya Bar $10
  36. Miss Kay’s cheeseburger with double American cheese $10 
  37. Paleo breakfast bowl with chocolate granola, apple compte and coyo from Wilde Kitchen $9.50
  38. Just Earth's brekky burger (with bacon or halloumi, a fried egg and house-made BBQ relish) is slightly over budget but so GD worth upturning the couch cushions $10.50
  39. Junk Boat's classic ramen $10
  40. A three-flavour cup of gelato from La Macelleria $8
  41. Spicy pork brioche with cabbage and aioli from Chu the Phat $10
  42. Trang Restaurant's San Choi Bao $9 for two. 
  43. The Original açai bowl from Kiss the Berry with granola, fresh fruit, chia and honey $10
  44. Two cheap and cheerful curries and rice from West End’s Indian Kitchen $8.50
  45. Pan-fried pork gyoza dumplings at Izakaya Goku $9
  46. Longtime's prawn larb taco with red nahm jim $7
  47. ...or their salt and pepper tofu mini-burger with chilli caramel (or the chicken with house smoked sriracha and crispy garlic) $5 each
  48. Mount Everest soup with chicken dumplings from The Tibetan Kitchen $7.90
  49. Halloumi yiros from The Yiros Shop with tomato, red onion, tzatziki and chips $9
  50. A plate of six salted caramel doughnuts from Crispy Puff Donuts $9

Caught a windfall? Splash out on Brisbane's cheap eats under $20

Image credit: Ariana Gillrie

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