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100 of Melbourne’s Best Cheap Eats to Try in 2015

By Sarah Rogan - 17 Dec 2014

Kong

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Jimmy Grants | Emporium

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Crisp Salad | Southern Cross Lane

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Cobb Lane

Yarraville, VIC 1 Image

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Jimmy Grants | Fitzroy

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Oasis Bakery

Murrumbeena, VIC 1 Image

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The Meatball & Wine Bar | Flinders Lane

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The Meatball & Wine Bar | Richmond

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The Meatball & Wine Bar | Smith Street

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Jimmy Grants | Ormond

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Sezar

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Hey Jude

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Paperboy Kitchen

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Ferdydurke

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Wonderbao

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Tuck Shop Take Away

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Smith & Daughters

Fitzroy, VIC 1 Image

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Little Henri

Thornbury, VIC 1 Image

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Massive Wieners

Prahran, VIC 1 Image

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A1 Bakery

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Martha Ray’s

Fitzroy, VIC 1 Image

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Charlie Dumpling

Prahran, VIC 1 Image

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Hanoi Hannah

Prahran, VIC 1 Image

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I Love Pho 264

Richmond, VIC 1 Image

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Naked in the Sky

Fitzroy, VIC 1 Image

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Bimbo Deluxe

Fitzroy, VIC 1 Image

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Park St

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Le Bon Ton

Collingwood, VIC 1 Image

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Hooked Fish & Chipper | Windsor

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8bit

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St. Edmonds

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Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop

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Humburger | Hawthorn

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The Grand Trailer Park Taverna

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il.tavo

Nunawading, VIC 8 Images

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Hooked Fish & Chipper | Fitzroy

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Jimmi Jamz

Elwood, VIC 1 Image

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The Nutrition Bar | Richmond

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Radio Mexico

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Oscar Cooper

Prahran, VIC 1 Image

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Vegie Bar

Fitzroy, VIC 1 Image

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Elephant Corridor

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1889 Cucina Povera

Fitzroy North, VIC 8 Images

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La Tortilleria

Kensington, VIC 1 Image

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Pope Joan

Brunswick East, VIC 1 Image

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Shortstop Coffee & Donuts

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Dr Morse

Abbotsford, VIC 1 Image

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Crisp Salad | Goldsbrough Lane

Melbourne, VIC 1 Image

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Crisp Salad | South Melbourne

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I Love Pho Express

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Laksa King

Flemington, VIC 1 Image

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Reverence Specialty Coffee & Tea

Ascot Vale, VIC 1 Image

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South Melbourne Market

South Melbourne, VIC 8 Images

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Lune Croissanterie

Fitzroy, VIC 1 Image

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Bad Frankie

Fitzroy, VIC 1 Image

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Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe

Melbourne, VIC 1 Image

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Pomona Cafe

Preston, VIC 1 Image

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Hanoi Hannah Express Lane

Windsor, VIC 1 Image

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Huxtaburger II | Melbourne CBD

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Huxtaburger | Collingwood

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Huxtaburger | Hawthorn

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Huxtaburger | Prahran

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Mr Burger Food Truck

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Mr Burger | Little Bourke Street

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Naked for Satan

Fitzroy, VIC 1 Image

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Heal.Thy Self Co.

Yarraville, VIC 1 Image

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Windsor Deli

Windsor, VIC 1 Image

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Thaiger

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Foxes Den | Elwood

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Foxes Den | Malvern

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Foxes Den | Port Melbourne

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The Nutrition Bar | Melbourne

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The Nutrition Bar | Windsor

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Jinda Thai

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The Grain Store

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It sure is an expensive time of year, Listers, but we don’t have to tell you that! Between the obligatory office Kris Kringle, never-ending Christmas drinks and inevitable overspending on New Year’s festivities, you’re probably going to want to tighten those belts (metaphorically speaking, of course!) and hit up some frugal feasts.

That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of some of the tastiest treats in town for under $10 that are sure to keep you happy and the debt collector at bay, so you can spend a little less and eat a little more.

We can never say no to a good bargain, and we’ve found aplenty to bring you 100 of Melbourne’s best cheap eats to keep you going through 2015. Enjoy!

1.    Ice cream sandwich—fresh strawberry ice cream sandwiched between shortbread biscuits and sprinkled with anise sugar at Cobb Lane in Yarraville, $6

2.    Middle East falafel salad with falafel, mint, currants, cucumber, tomato, Spanish onion, and cos lettuce at Crisp in Melbourne CBD, $9

3.    Pork banh mi at Trang in Collingwood, $4.80

4.    Salt and pepper calamari at Steam Packet in Williamstown, $9.90

5.    Wagyu beef jerky from The Meatball & Wine Bar in Collingwood, Melbourne CBD and Richmond, $9.50

6.    Macadamia and cranberry muesli, with honey, yoghurt, fresh berries and apple strings at Hey Jude in Essendon,  $9.90

7.    Selection of Turkish pides at Oasis Bakery in Murrumbeena, around $5 each

8.    Special beef pho at I Love Pho in Richmond, $10

9.    Slow-roasted lamb souvlaki with tomato, red onion, chips and virgin tzatziki at Kalamaki in Melbourne CBD, $9

10.    Zucchini and Dill Fritters from Sezar in Melbourne CBD, $9

11.    Crispy fried chicken—marinated free-range chicken riblets with sriracha mayo at Paperboy Kitchen in Melbourne CBD, $9

12.    Organic tofu toastie with homemade tomato sauce, coriander pesto and spinach from Disco Beans in Preston, $8.50

13.    The Phat Brat was one of our favourite cheap eats, but unfortunately Fitzroy's Phat Brats is closed now. Sad face!

14.    Combination curry laksa—mixed noodle with shrimp, fishcake and chicken from Laksa King in Flemington, $9.80

15.    Nachos at The Vic Bar in Abbotsford, $10 (4pm til close Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)

16.    You Dirty Furke Hot Dog with cheese sauce and chilli beans at Ferdydurke in Melbourne CBD, $5

17.    Chocolate nachos—chocolate tortilla chips in rich chocolate sauce with hazelnuts and ice cream at The Reverence in Footscray, $9.50

18.    Pulled pork jaffle with smoked cheddar béchamel from Tuck Shop Take Away in Caulfield, $7.50

19.    Braised pork belly gua bao with pickled mustard, coriander and crushed peanuts at Wonderbao in Melbourne CBD, $4.20

20.    Build-your-own-burger at Perseverance in Fitzroy, $10

21.    Ten freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters from South Melbourne Markets in South Melbourne, $10

22.    Twice baked pistachio and rosewater croissant from Lune Croissanterie in Elwood, $8

23.    Lamington jaffle - toasted chocolate sponge slices filled with jam, rolled in coconut and served with thick double cream at Bad Frankie in Fitzroy, $7

24.    Ganmodoki tofu burger from Purple Peanuts in Melbourne CBD, $9.00

25.    Beef curry don from Don Don in Melbourne CBD, $6.90

26.    Mr Papadopoulos lamb souvlaki at Jimmy Grants in Collingwood, Ormond, Fitzroy or Melbourne CBD, $9.50

27.    Hot and sour pho at Viet Rose in Fitzroy, $10

28.    Egg, bacon and relish breakfast roll at Martha Ray’s in Fitzroy, $10

29.    Two soft-corn tortillas filled with salads and your choice of filling at Cornutopia in Preston, $9

30.    Chicken Pho at Pho Hung, Preston, $9

31.    Charlie’s fried chicken ribs with five spice honey and kewpie mayo at Charlie Dumpling Jr in Prahran, $10 take away

32.    Spinach and cheese pie from A1 Bakery in Brunswick,  $4

33.    Nachos with chipotle black-bean chilli, green salsa, sour cream and cheese from Brother Alec in Thornbury, $10

34.    Toasted blueberry bagel with cream cheese, tofutti or jam at Pearl Oyster in Thornbury, $8

35.    Bircher Muesli with apples, carrots, apple juice, organic yogurt and berry compote at Fifteen Pounds in Fairfield, $9.50

36.    Banh Cuon—steamed crepes with pork filling, topped with crispy shallots and herbs at Chumanchu in Preston, $10

37.    Pickled Weiner with onions, ketchup, American mustard and zesty pickle relish from Massive Wieners in Prahran, $3.50-$7

38.    Warm jam donuts from American Doughnut Kitchen at Queen Victoria Market, 90c each or six for $5

39.    Steamed pork dumplings at I Love Dumplings in Flemington, $8.80 for 15 pieces

40.    Gluten-free ham sandwich with virginia ham, scamorza cheese and tomato at Pomona Cafe in Preston, $10

41.    HH Classic Banh Mi from Hanoi Hannah in Windsor, $8.50

42.    Sautéed mushrooms, roasted peppers and Meredith goat’s cheese bruschetta from Pizza Farro in Thornbury, $7.50

43.    South Melbourne Market Dim Sims in South Melbourne, $2

44.    Salted caramel popcorn profiteroles from Green Park in Carlton North, $4

45.    Pizzas from Bimbo Deluxe in Fitzroy, $4 all day Sunday and throughout the week

46.    Spicy lamb borek from The Borek Bakehouse at Queen Victoria Market, $3

47.    Cajun battered catfish with tomato, lettuce, pickles, mayo and Louisiana hot sauce from from Po’ Boy Quarter in Fitzroy, $9.90

48.    Beer battered and jerk seasoned onion rings from Le Bon Ton in Collingwood, $10

49.    Smoked brisket bun with ssamjang and kimchi from Kong BBQ in Richmond, $6

50.    Huxtaburger with beef pattie, mustard, mayo, tomato, cheese, lettuce and pickles from Huxtaburger in Collingwood, Melbourne CBD or Prahran, $9.50

51.    Trucker Chips—fries with bacon, cheese and special sauce from Mr Burger in South Yarra, $8

52.    Three cheese toastie with smoked mozzarella, gruyere and parmesan on toasted pepita crusted grain bread at Little Henri in Thornbury, $9.90

53.    Spicy Meatballs in red pepper sauce, drizzled in aioli served with a warm dinner roll from Andaluse at Prahran Market pop-up street stall, $7.50 - $10

54.    Fatal Fury Hotdog - jalapeno and cheddar sausage, cheese sauce, chilli beef and jalapenos from 8bit in Footscray, $7.50

55.    Crumbed eggplant with honey and blue cheese sauce from Naked in the Sky, Fitzroy, $9.50

56.    Be Awakened Smoothie - double shot of espresso, banana, mesquite cinnamon, raw vanilla fermented protein powder and house almond nut mylk from Heal.Thy Self Co. in Yarraville, $9

57.    Falafel plate with the lot - four falafels, range of dips (including homemade hummus) and a variety of fresh salads from the Falafel Cart at Prahran Market, $8.90 or $7.40 in pita

58.    Lebanese lamb pizza at Cedars Bakery in Preston, $3.50

59.    Baked New York cheesecake from Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop in Ascot Vale, $7 a slice

60.    Mac and cheese croquettes from Junction Beer Hall and Wine Room in Newport, $3.50 each

61.    Nude snags with fries and mustard from Humburger in Glenferrie, $10

62.    House-made waffle stack with peanut butter parfait, freshly whipped cream, fresh strawberries and drizzled with salted caramel sauce from The Grand Trailer Park Taverna in Melbourne CBD, $10

63.    Spiced chicken gozleme from Koy Restaurant in South Melbourne, $10

64.    Fish Burrito—grilled fish in a soft-shell tortilla with baja sauce, spanish onion, slaw and homemade spicy salsa from Hooked in various locations, $8.95

65.    All pizzas at Jimmi Jamz in Elwood, under $10 take away

66.    Bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers from Huff Bagelry in Mentone, $8

67.    Grilled fish taco with bean and corn salsa and avocado from Radio Mexico in St Kilda, $7.50

68.    Toasted pulled pork sandwich with caramelised onion, cheese, jalapenos and chilli chutney from Windsor Deli in Windsor, $9.90

69.    Alka’s Lunch Pack—ham and pork neck, green pickles, egg salad and freshly baked bread from the Polish Deli at Queen Vic Market , $7.90

70.    Grilled lamb kafta wrap with hummus and tabouleh at Bayte in Collingwood, $10

71.    Autumn cauliflower soup with pernod, italian style breadcrumbs and lemon & parsley from Oscar Cooper in Prahran, $10

72.    Vegemite and smoked scarmoza melt from Tomboy, Collingwood  $8

73.    Chicken Tikka served with a mint chutney from Elephant Corridor in Glen Waverley, $8

74.    Beetroot salad with goats curd, orange, balsamic and frisee lettuce from il.tavo in Nunawading, $9

75.    Black bean, corn salsa, jalapeños and sour cream jaffle from Dr Morse in Abbotsford, $10

76.    Beef short ribs from Fancy Hank’s BBQ in Melbourne CBD, $8.50

77.    Pou-Nim black burger - crispy softshell crab, granny smith Asian slaw, sweet and tangy dressing on a black burger bun from Thaiger in Melbourne CBD, $10

78.    Bourbon creme brulee donut from Shortstop Coffee & Donuts in Melbourne CBD, $5  

79.    Hot chicken and gravy roll from Foxes Den in Elwood, $8.90

80.    Spicy raw tuna sushi burger from J Cafe Restaurant in Melbourne CBD, all burgers under $10

81.    Minestrone soup served with a dollop of fresh pesto from Cafe Italia in Carlton, $9.90

82.    Kung Pao Chicken served with rice, peanuts, vegetables and crispy chilli peppers from Rice Bar Not Only Rice in Carlton, $9.80

83.    Murtabak—roti stuffed with chicken or lamb and veggies from Mamak in the CBD, $9.50

84.    Warm ginger bread served with maple butter from Pope Joan in Brunswick East, $7

85.    Soft shell tacos with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo (salsa fresca), manchego and guacamole from Curious Goose in Brunswick, $5 each

86.    Smashed chickpea sandwich with garlic tahini, piquillo peppers and a crisp lemon-dressed rocket from Luncheonette in Kensington, $10

87.    Quesadillas—choose from cheese, mushroom, chorizo or cactus with mexican herbs at La Tortilleria in Flemington—$3.50 to $5 (each)

88.    White chocolate calzoncino served with pitted sour cherries from 1889 Cucina Povera in Fitzroy North, $10

89.    Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls at Greentea in Flemington, $6.10 (2pcs)

90.    Hot meat pies from Babka in Fitzroy, $6 takeaway

91.    Light lunch—smashed egg, coriander, mayo and iceberg lettuce sandwich on fresh casalinga at Grub Food Van in Fitzroy, $10

92.    Corned beef, cheddar and pickles sandwich with buttermilk dressed salad at The Rusty Fox in Kensington, $9

93.    Sea Salt Burger—crispy battered fish of the day with fresh lettuce, tomato and a side of chips from Sea Salt in Carlton, $9.90

94.    Tofu Tight roti wrap from Vegie Bar in Fitzroy, $8.50

95.    Raw lemon cheesecake from The Nutrition Bar in Richmond and Windsor, $9

96.    Boat noodles—a dark and thick sweet and sour broth with tender strips of beef, herbs and puffed pork crackling from Jinda Thai in Abbotsford, $9

97.    Spanish tortilla—a thick slice of hearty potato pie and Spanish onion omelette flavour served with garlic aioli from Smith & Daughters in Fitzroy, $7

98.    Toasted quinoa salad with beef, lentils, rocket, radish, almonds feta and salsa verde from St Edmonds in Prahran, $10 take away

99.    Kakuni pork belly rice paper rolls with pumpkin puree, candied chilli and roasted sesame from Banoi in Docklands, $6.80 (2pcs)

100. Chocolate chip cookies baked to order served with milk from The Grain Store in Melbourne CBD, $10

Love cheap eats in Melbourne? Check out Melbourne's 25 Top Breakfast Cheap Eats and our 11 Best Healthy Lunch Cheap Eats.


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