Food & Drink

15 Of Brisbane’s Best Cheap Eats For Under $10

By Angelica Silva
24th Feb 2021

a bowl of ramen

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 4.30pm–5.30pm. That’s right, a massive bowl of slurpable ramen for just a tenner. Your weekday nights just got a whole lot better.

Kettle & Tin 


Surely this wins this list. In an unbelievable turn of events, Kettle and Tin have hooked us up with our dumpling dreams. Every Saturday from 5pm, you can eat all the dumplings your body will let you for just $1 a pop. Choose from pork and chive or veggie and a hard choice to make it is—they're both lip-smackingly good. After some more info? Head over here.

The Yiros Shop

Various Locations

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. 

Mac From Way Back 


On Tuesdays, head to Mac From Way Back’s permanent spot to score a smashie (a smashed beef burger with crispy edges) or a chicken burger for just 10 bucks. Warning, if you're lactose intolerant look away now because the cheese factor on these bad boys is next level. Seriously though, what a great deal. 



Sunday is two-for-one burger day at Remy’s, so grab the gang and headon over to Paddington and treat yourself to a burger from 3:30pm-6:30pm. All the core burgs on their menu and available for the deal come in at under $15, so you're looking at a $7 meal each—meaning you could even split a chips between you.

a pair of hands holding a burger



Speaking of burgers, we all know and love Fritzenberger. Well, we’ve got a few new factors for you that can add to the long list of why you love this Caxton based eatery. Ok so, on Mondays you can get burgs for $10, on Tuesday you can get two-for-one burgers and, lucky last, score 50c wings on Wednesdays. Yeah, it was a mouthful for us too. If you don't believe us, which honestly at this point is a fair cop, here's the evidence.


Various Locations

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. 


Bowen Hills 

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

Brisbane City

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. 

Melt Brothers

Brisbane City

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. 

a basket of tacos

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.

Phat Pho


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. 

Tipplers Tap

South Bank

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. 

Pizzeria Violetta

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.

Bender’s Bar 

West End 

Youngling of Billykart in West End, Bender’s Bar is known for dishing up burgers and gourmet fries that are on another level. Also, the name is just so cool. The place perfect for every catch up from chill to ragers has come through with the goods once again. On Wednesdays from 5pm, you can score two-for-one burgs—from veggie to fish, they've got it all. Wanna check out the menu? It’s right here.

If you're looking for something to do after your cheap meal in Brisbane, check out these things to do. 

Image credit: Hayley Williamson Photography, Fritzenberger, El Camino Cantina 

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