10 Epic Cheap Eats On The Gold Coast

By Brooke Darling - 13 May 2016

Craving to scratch some of the Gold Coast’s fab hot spots off the to-do list, but your bank balance just isn’t playing ball? We get it.

You’ve loved our cheeky cheap eats wrap-ups in the past, so we’re back to help you out with another 10 of the best cheap eats on the Gold Coast.

Après Surf | Mermaid Beach

The super laid-back crew at Après Surf are the king of cheap meal deals. Currently rotating on the nightly menu are $5 cheese burgers (Mondays), $10 pho and miso udon (Wednesdays), $1 dumplings (Thursdays), $10 nachos (Saturdays), and their popular “Calypso” and “Deep South” barbecue Sunday Sessions with $10 jerk chicken and ribs. Or hit up happy hour every day between 5—6pm for $5 cheese boards and drink specials. Give their Facebook page a thumbs up to see what’s on the night’s agenda, then pull up a chair in the retro eatery and save a few extra bucks for a frosty brew or two.

Eddie’s Grub House | Coolangatta

This rad joint is rocking the Coolangatta scene of late, so if you haven’t checked it out for yourself, then you need to know about their mad weekly special. Every Tuesday the lads at Eddie’s Grub House bring a new burger to the table, paired with a beer of their choice, for peanuts. Their latest special was the CBVB, a cheese burger and fries matched with a tinnie of VB (CBVB, get it?!) for just 12 bucks. Depending on the complexity of the burger, the combo price ranges from $12 to $19. So jump over to their Instagram to see what’s on the blackboard this week, and tell Eddie we sent you.

Little Mermaid | Mermaid Beach

So you’ve been lusting over their décor via Instagram, but haven’t yet had the spare coin to make the trip? Well, lucky for you, Little Mermaid has joined the Taco Tuesday train and is now offering a plate of three tacos for a wee $10. The jug of margarita to go with it might cost three times that, but water, there’s always water…

New Saigon | Surfers Paradise

We heeded advice from a well-respected local restaurateur, who claimed New Saigon made the best pho on the Gold Coast. And we agree, ‘cause we’re yet to find one better, given the flavours had us diving straight back into the hustling streets of Vietnam, paired authentically with the streetside traffic and fluro lights. Now a price tag of $15 is not exactly cheap as chips, but when you match it with a $4 glass of vino, it sure beats the expensive plane ticket to Ho Chi Minh and tastes just as good.

Tonic on Chirn | Chirn Park

If you’re still scratching your head: “Where the F is Chirn Park?”, well perhaps this little sweetener will finally draw you out of your comfortable neighbourhood bubble. Chirn Park’s much-loved Tonic on Chirn is dishing out tapas share plates for just $12 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Mid-week road trip?!

BonBon Bar | Mermaid Beach

Bonita Bonita’s sultry little sister, BonBon is the place to be on a Thursday night when some of the best tacos on the Gold Coast sell for a measly five buck-a-roos each. These boys are a mouthful and a half, so unless you’ve got eyes bigger than your stomach, we reckon two will probably cut it (just make sure one of them is the crispy snapper with apple slaw, our all-time fave). Keep in mind you’ll want to save your precious pennies for a Bonita Margarita, too.

Betty’s Burgers | Surfers Paradise

Wedged between two soft-as-butter milk buns, we heart Betty’s famous burgers. Born in Noosa and now with a second location in Surfers Paradise’s Chevron Renaissance, Betty’s Burgers are damn good value in our eyes. Try the Betty’s Classic, Crispy Chicken, Shroom Burger, or Pork Belly Burger for just $10 and $11 each, while kicking back in a cool little eatery and people-watching as the world goes by.

MUSO Ramen Noodle and Gyoza Bar | Mermaid Beach

In our humble opinion, modern Asian street food is about to explode on the GC. But you can’t go past the simple yet authentic eateries that’ve been dishing out the goods for years. A local fave is MUSO Ramen Noodle and Gyoza Bar who sits comfortably in the best cheap eats on the Gold Coast category, given every bursting-with-flavour bowl of ramen sells for less than $15. Did we mention it was BYO?

Salt Meats Cheese | Surfers Paradise

Where is this place you speak of; we hear you ask. If you’ve not yet discovered this little gem in The 4217 building, you’re missing out. A mini version of the warehouse-style deli in Sydney’s Alexandria, Salt Meats Cheese is overflowing with gastronomic goodies for the home chef and has a kick-arse pizzeria attached. What’s the cheapest way to check it out? Well their $10—$12 wood-fired pizza lunch specials will do the trick! Pair it with a beer or wine for an extra fiver.

Bine Craft Beer Bar | Nobby Beach

In case you didn’t get the memo last time we raved about these guys, here we are again. Anyone with an appreciation for wings needs to hit up Bine Craft Beer Bar between 4—6pm erryday when craft beers are $5 a glass and wings sell for just 50 cents a pop. Be warned, the “inferno” option lives up to its name.

Know of any other awesome cheap eats on the Gold Coast? Tell us in the comments!


Photo Credit: Daniel Hine for Metropolist

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