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51 of Melbourne’s Best Cheap Eats

By Pip Jarvis - 29 Aug 2014

It's been a while, Listers, since we've brought you a sweet list of mouthwatering and thiftylicious cheap eats in Melbourne. If, like us, you've been digging deep into the coffers to fund your winter wine-and-brie habit, your wallets are probs feeling a little light on right about now… 

Luckily, there's no need to turn to nights in with beans on toast and a goon bag; instead arm yourself with our round up of 51 of Melbourne's best cheap eats under $15

  1. Half rack of lamb ribs at Ike's Rack Shack in Carlton, $15
  2. Fried Hokkien Mee – noodles with squid, prawn, pork and vegies at Penang Coffee House in Hawthorn, $12.20
  3. Steamed bao bun with pork belly & hoi sin at The National in Richmond, $12 (for 2)
  4. Calamari or House Fish Lunch Box (fish or calamari, plus Hand Cut Chips or Rice and Asian Greens or Salad) at Hooked – various locations, $10.95
  5. Rum 'n' raisin porridge with a caramelised brown sugar crust at Hub in St Kilda, $14
  6. Roast pork burger at The Beer & Burger Bar in Richmond, $14.50
  7. 5-spice calamari with a smoked jalapeño aioli at Mavis Brown's in St Kilda, $14
  8. German Hot Dog with smoked sausage, sauerkraut, gherkin, and mustard from Munich Brauhaus in South Wharf $14
  9. Ice Cream Sandwich—fresh strawberry ice cream sandwiched between shortbread biscuits & sprinkled with anise sugar at Cobb Lane in Yarraville, $6
  10. Two-cheese scramble at Common Galaxia in Seddon, $13.50
  11. Crunchy peanut butter, heirloom tomatoes, salt and pepper peanuts on toast from Barry in Northcote, $12.50
  12. Middle East Falafel Salad with falafel, mint, currants, cucumber, tomato, Spanish onion, and cos lettuce at Crisp in Melbourne CBD, $9
  13. Slow-roasted lamb souvlaki with tomato, red onion, chips & virgin tzatziki at Kalamaki in Melbourne CBD, $9
  14. Soft shell crab, wombok salad, chilli at Richmond Oysters in Richmond, $18
  15. Pork Banh Mi at N Tran in Prahran, $9
  16. Salt & Pepper Calamari at Steam Packet in Williamstown, $9.90
  17. Macadamia & cranberry muesli, with honey, yoghurt, fresh berries & apple strings at Hey Jude in Essendon,  $9.90
  18. Selection of Turkish Pides at Oasis Bakery in Murrumbeena, around $5
  19. Beef pho at Love Pho in Richmond, $10
  20. Chesapeake Crab Burger with 100g blue swimmer crab cake, fresh slaw, herb mayo, dill pickle, sesame bun at Miss Katie's Crab Shack in North Melbourne, $15
  21. Quinoa & roast cauliflower salad with smoked almonds, currants, pomegranate, and yoghurt at The Plough Hotel in Footscray, $15
  22. Zucchini pizza (small) – tomato, fiore di latte, zucchini, mint & chilli at I Carusi Pizza in Brunswick East, $14
  23. Pulled lamb shoulder, slowly smoked over lemon myrtle & coated in a sticky beetroot BBQ Sauce, piled high over slaw in a soft damper roll at Sweetwater Inn in South Yarra, $15 (single)
  24. Crispy fried chicken – Marinated Free Range Chicken Riblets with Sriracha Mayo at Paperboy Kitchen in Melbourne CBD, $9
  25. Organic tofu & homemade tomato sauce, coriander pesto & spinach toastie at Disco Beans in Preston, $8.50
  26. Nutella calzone at Pizza Farro in Thornbury, $10.50
  27. The Phat Brat was an epic cheap eat from Phat Brats, but unfortunately it's gone now! 
  28. Ssam Roti-Roll with teriyaki roast ora king salmon, work fried broccoli and tomato from Kong in Richmond, $12
  29. Grilled chicken salad with quinoa, black beans, coriander, fresh corn, sweet potato, mint, peas & lemon vinaigrette from Fonda – various locations, $15
  30. Combination curry laksa – mixed noodle with shrimp, fishcake, and chicken from Laksa King in Flemington, $9.80
  31. Nachos at The Vic Bar in Abbotsford, $10 (4pm til close Monday-Tuesday-Thursday)
  32. Any three tacos for $12 at La Condesa in Fitzroy
  33. Panfried quinoa cakes with balsamic roasted beetroot, pumpkin, cucumber & feta, lemon dressing & mint yoghurt at Oscar Cooper in Prahran, $14
  34. You Dirty Furke Hot Dog with cheese sauce and chilli beans at Ferdydurke in Melbourne CBD, $5
  35. Chocolate nachos—chocolate tortilla chips in rich chocolate sauce with hazlenuts & ice cream at The Reverence in Footscray, $9.50
  36. Smashin' Pumpkin 10-inch pizza with tomato, mozzarella, pumpkin, goats cheese and black olives at Pizza Meine Liebe in Northcote, $14
  37. Vietnamese Coleslaw—cabbage, cucumber, carrot, and green beans mixed with lime and chilli dressing, topped with cashews at Yong Green Food in Fitzroy, $13
  38. Spicy lamb boreks from Borek Stall in Queen Victoria Market, $3
  39. Larb crispy chicken on rice at Jinda Thai in Abbotsford, $12.90
  40. Mr Papadopoulos lamb souvlaki at Jimmy Grants in Collingwood, $9.50
  41. Lamb Murtabak – roti filled with spicy meat, cabbage, eggs and onions from Mamak in Melbourne CBD, $12
  42. Ganmodoki Tofu Burger from Purple Peanuts in Melbourne CBD, $9.00
  43. Beef Curry Don from Don Don in Melbourne CBD, $6.90
  44. Carbonara pasta with cold smoked pancetta, bacon and spring onion from Sauced Pasta Bar in Windsor, $9 / $14
  45. Braised pork belly gua bao with pickled mustard, coriander, and crushed peanuts at Wonderbao in Melbourne CBD, $4.20
  46. Pulled pork jaffle with smoked cheddar béchamel from Tuck Shop Take Away in Caulfield, $7.50
  47. Philly Cheesesteak from Sparrow's at The Catfish Bar in Fitzroy, $15 (with fries)
  48. Lamington Jaffles at Bad Frankie in Fitzroy, $7
  49. Vegetarian cashew milk ramen at Shop Ramen in Collingwood, $13
  50. Ten freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters from South Melbourne Markets in South Melbourne, $10
  51. Twice Baked Pistachio and Rosewater Croissant from Lune Croissanterie in Elwood, $8

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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