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.
Your Mates Brewhouse
Join the parmy army, and get one in you every Thursday night at Your Mates Brewhouse. For just $20, you’ll get a Your Mates beer, along with one of the best parmigianas on the Sunshine Coast. Choose between The Classic, Spanish, Mexican or Americano, and whatever you don’t go with, it’s just another reason to return next week.
With its famous slow-cooked meats and great atmosphere, Dirty Moes gets an even bigger seal of approval from us for serving up epic burgers every Thursday night from 5.30pm, starting at a bargain $12. If you've already feasted on their brisket, try the Southern Fried Chicken Burger with buttermilk chicken, lettuce, creamed corn, jalapenos, salsa and mayo, for something a little different.
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 rack of ribs 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 Friday, and then hit The Beach Bar & Grill for their $30 rib night. Featuring ½ kilogram of USA slow-cooked pork ribs, six chicken wings, chips and house slaw, there’s no chance you’ll go home hungry.
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.
We’ll be the first to admit this isn’t the average addition to our best cheap eats on the Sunshine Coast list. But seeing as it’s a special that’s been running for five years, and has a solid following of locals backing it, it’s time we share. Each Thursday, Corbins in Maroochydore host a BYO wine night where they waive the corkage for bookings. Which means, you’ll snag a few extra baos or karaage chicken wings with the drinks money you never had to spend. Boom.
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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