We all love a tip for a decent meal that won't break the bank or give you a heart attack, and we've covered plenty of the best Brissie cheap-eats here on The Urban List. Local Lebanese food haven Nono's made it on to our 20 Top Cheap Eats, Round Two list in May, but I think this place deserves an entry all of its own.
Nono's has stood the test of time, occupying its prime position on Red Hill's Musgrave Road for many moons—and for good reason. First of all, it lives up to its claim as a cheap eat—$10 will get you well and truly fed in this place, and for $15 you will be seriously living it up with a kebab, omelette, and a few dolmades or a sweet treat for afters.
Nono's also caters to a variety of food allergies and intolerances. The majority of items are gluten-free (or can be adapted if you ask: I get the kebab without bread in a platter style arrangement, which suits my wheat aversion) and everything is dairy free. It's no surprise, then, that there are heaps of vegetarian and vegan options—the salads are amazing (chickpea and eggplant salad, I'm looking at you), and the spinach rolls and pumpkin kebi will be your new favourite things in the universe. Carnivores shouldn't fear, however, with a plethora of meaty morsels on offer, such as the lamb kebi and kofta, for those who are inclined.
Did I mention the sweets? Baklava, honey cake, Turkish delight, Pistachio katafi, Halawa . . . the list goes on! At a couple of dollars each, these things are dangerous.
On top of all of this, Nono's also stocks a range of grocery items, including free-range eggs, bottles of rosewater, honey, and other Lebanese deli favourites. You can eat in or take-away, and this place is also a no-brainer for easy catering options or a great place to pick up food for a picnic or party.
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