There is no worse feeling than having $12.47 in your bank account, and no edible food in your fridge, with four days until pay day. Which is why we've decided to round up a hit list of the best cheap eats on the Sunshine Coast.
Luckily, a heap of local restaurants, bars and cafes have come up with loads of ways to make your money last longer while still getting out and enjoying the region’s buzzing foodie scene. Up your alley? Well then, let’s do this.
With its famous smoky barbecue sauce, slow-cooked meats and great atmosphere, Dirty Moes gets an even bigger seal of approval from us for serving up a $20 brisket bargain every Wednesday. Along with 250g of melt-in-your-mouth brisket, you’ll get the choice of two hearty sides, like garlic bread and fries.
When Yum Cha would be stretching this month’s budget a little too far, enjoy the next best thing with Embassy XO’s $9 beer and bao deal. For less than a tenner, you’ll get to treat yourself to one of their famous pork baos, washed down with an ice cold Stone & Wood. Available daily at the wine bar, from 3pm to 6pm.
Raid the piggy bank and fulfil your Ramen cravings at this central no-frills restaurant. Nothing on Umami Ramen’s menu costs more than $17 and they’re appealing to the vegetarian and vegans souls amongst us, too. Amen to no longer having to drive to Brisbane for a great Ramen fix.
The Beach Bar & Grill
We love a good steak as much as the next person, but they can get expensive. That’s why your best bet to help keep the budget in tact is to wait until Tuesday, and then hit The Beach Bar & Grill for their $15 steak night—featuring a tender 250-gram rump with chips and salad.
If you’re near Ocean Street on a Friday, skip in to La Canteena for a cheap-as-chips lunch—just don’t forget a buddy. Offering two lunches for the price of one, all you have to do is purchase a drink and this one is in the bag. Easy peasy and definitely one of the best cheap eats on the Sunshine Coast.
Offering half price bar bites and epic pizzas every weekday between 3.30pm and 5.30pm, why aren’t you spending every single afternoon at Miss Moneypenny’s? Their After Work Wine Down sessions are the place to be, if you’re looking for something a bit special without dipping into your savings.
Saddle on in to Locale between 12pm to 6pm any day of the week and enjoy one of their famous pizzas and a glass of beer or wine for just $25. That’s just crazy talk for one of the best restaurants in Noosa.
Move over macaroni and cheese, there’s a new duo in town going by the name of $5 wings and beer. You heard us; Ninth Street are absolutely delivering the goods with their Tuesday night banger of a deal, pairing $5 crispy coated wings smothered in spicy BBQ, Hickory BBQ or JFC sweet chilli Siracha sauce with a $5 frosty cold beer of your choice. You’ll never be more excited to hit food coma status.
Maroochydore and Nambour
Wednesdays is “ribday” at DownTown Burgers. Any other day a rack will set you back $20, but on hump day the team will be plating up drool-worthy ribs for only $12. That’s $8 you can either slide into your back pocket or spend on crinkle cut chips—we suggest the latter.
Masters of the cheap eats, Junk have a heap of options if you’re penny-pinching. Our current obsessions are the pork dumplings ($10) and the perfectly crunchy popcorn chicken ($12).
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