Prahran and Windsor may have their fair share of hefty price tags when it comes to shopping and dining out, but there are a myriad of cheap and cheerful edible gems on Chapel Street to help you avoid the expenditure guilts. After all, one must stay sustained when trawling through that endless strip of op shops and boutiques!
Chaps is a long street, however, so we've done the leg work and collated our top 10 cheap eats on Chapel, which means you can still have the cash to shop like a boss and eat like a king. Having a mere tenner in your purse on Chapel Street means that maybe you can even shout someone else lunch, too (or at least a coffee).
For some serious Vietnamese salad roll satisfaction, you cannot go past this true Chapel Street staple. N Tran is the best bargain bun for your lunch time run with nothing over $10 (even with all those added extras!). The variety of bread and fresh fillings make Subway over the road look sub-par. If you're in a rush, the service at N Tran is the easiest in-and-out scenario you could ask for, and the filling options are extensive, which could find you going back time and time again with the other local N Tran addicts.
N Tran | 263 Chapel Street in Prahran
The best tasting pho this side of the river, for under $10 you have yourself a full tummy and tingling taste buds (add all of the chili!). Tender beef, poached chicken or mixed mushroom are the go here. Or as the summer days steer you away from hot liquid deliciousness, you can grab some Yellowfin tuna and wasabi mayo rice paper rolls to go!
Hanoi Hannah | 180 High Street in Windsor (just off Chapel Street)*
On yer bike! Hanoi Hannah on High Street.
You'll be guaranteed to leave Traffik happier and healthier with little dent in the wallet. A large pita with fillings of your choice or a BFF (beef friends forever) salad are a tidy $10, with cheaper options for small sizes available (and they're generous portions I might add). The team at Traffik use whole foods and nutrient dense ingredients to keep you fuller for longer. Don't forget Chapel Street is over 4km long, so you'll be needing that sustenance to last the distance.
Traffik | 15 Chapel Street in Windsor
Peckish for pasta? You can design your dish every step of the way at Sauced Pasta Bar. Maybe you're feeling Rigatoni (little cylinders), or Pappardelle (fatter and flatter fettuccine), or get stuffed (no, seriously, stuff that pasta with field mushrooms or veal and caramalised onion...Mmmmmm). Top it off with the sauce of your choice for around 10 bucks.
Sauced Pasta Bar | 148 Chapel Street in Windsor
'Raw' zucchini pasta at Sauced. Image Credit: Sauced Pasta Bar Facebook.
Hello HUGE hot dogs! You can't take on the 25-inch challenge with ten bucks, but you can certainly grab yourself a Chilli Dawg, a Classic or an Average Joe Pickle with those Disco fries or choc malt shake. Open late Friday and Saturday nights, so when you realise your card has finally been declined up at Revolver, you can scrounge around for some change and grab some sobering snacks at Massive Wieners over the road.
Massive Wieners | 226 Chapel Street in Prahran
Massive Wiener, Average Joe or Little Pecker. Tongue in cheek fun at Massive Wieners.
Do you want your sanga fresh or toasted? The deluxe deli sandwiches at Windsor Deli will not disappoint and, for that $10 note, it's the best exchange you may have all day. If the grilled pumpkin, deli pesto, spinach, caramelised onion, semi-dried tomato and feta option doesn't sound like enough, then try the toasted corned beef, swiss cheese, beetroot, gherkins, onion and coleslaw with hot English mustard. Yum! They don't skimp on the quality and quantity of the scrumptiousness here!
Windsor Deli | 33 Hornby Street in Windsor*
You'll be hooked on Hooked before you know it. If you can hustle an extra 95 cents, you can chow down on a lunch box special from 11:30am - 4:30pm daily. This menu includes the fish or veggie burger with mini chips or the Calamari box with your choice of chips or rice with a salad. The house fish, Blue Grenadier is certified sustainable for your piece of mind and your tummy too. Or if you're skint on that extra coinage, grab the fish burrito for a friendly $8.95.
Also check out our write up on the Hooked 'House Fish Burger' in our Bite Me! story.
Hooked | 172 Chapel Street in Windsor
We're hooked on seafood from Hooked (groan).
What's not lucky about a $4 pizza? The pizzas pack a punch at Lucky Coq, also famed in Fitzroy at their sister venue, Bimbos. This tasty south-side pizza joint is welcomed with open mouths, and why not have a cold one from the tap while you're at it? The upstairs open rooftop is a welcome sunny spot during lunch hour, and at any given time you can sit on the High Street sidewalk and watch the world bustle on by. Variety keeps the punters ordering (two for a whopping $8 – yes please!); come back again for dinner and save them pennies I tells ya.
Lucky Coq | 179 Chapel Street in Windsor
(Editor Note: OK so two of these* are just off Chapel, but the walk will do you good).
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