We all know that guilty feeling you get when you hand over your credit card to purchase yet another meal out. Every time we promise ourselves we will be more organised, remember to adult and pack our lunch for the next day, because spending $25 for a salad is kind of an expensive habit.
Well Sydney, it’s time to start saving your pennies for that summer holiday because we’ve found a whole list of Sydney gems that make it possible to eat out, without breaking the bank.
Bourke Street Bakery
The long line says it all, pork and fennel sausage roll or a maple bacon danish? Why not get both, $10 isn’t going to break the bank.
Did someone say $3 tacos!? Head to The Norfolk on a Tuesday night to really get the most out of Taco Tuesday. We’ll take three please.
Grab a $6 slice of pizza and listen to some groovy tunes. What else do you want?
Four ate Five
Lunching in Surry? The ricotta and semi-dried tomato sandwich is our go to.
Enmore & Bondi
Healthy ‘fast’ food on the go. This vegan, paleo, gluten free, sugar free friendly establishment will ensure you start the day off right. We recommend the freshly baked banana bread and the house blended chai latte.
The Baja fish burrito, it’s big, it’s fresh, it’s delicious and only $13.
Whether you’ve had a big night or just feel like indulging Mary’s is your spot. We suggest the classic cheeseburger and chips, you’ll enjoy every mouth-watering bite.
Fishbowl Poke Bar
Taking sushi to another level, build your own poke bowl with fresh sashimi and housemade toppings, be sure to ‘sauce it’ with their miso tahini dressing.
The vibe here is on point. Colourful tables and roof decorations make it a perfect place for group hangs or first dates. The menu consists of copious amounts of authentic Mexican fare and they certainly know how to fry their chicken.
Priding themselves on being natural, healthy and affordable Proteini offers you exactly that, a ‘gut loving’ hunger fix. If you can squeeze in a little something more after lunch there are plenty of nutritious sweets to get you through that inevitable 3 o’clock slump.
Forest Lodge Hotel
Flash your student card and pizzas become $10, that’ll definitely leave you with enough coin for a beer or two.
Craving a lunchtime laksa? Head to Iku and peruse the menu, all made from organic produce, from laksa to lasagne, Iku has you sorted.
Bavarian Bier Cafe
It doesn't really come much cheaper than $1 wings. Yep, this is our kind of happy hour and it's happening at the Bavarian Bier Cafe every Monday to Friday.
She is the self proclaimed Queen of rice paper rolls, and we absolutely agree, the prawn ones are our weakness. Try a variety of dishes for under $10 or grab a combo, sometimes it’s just too hard to choose one item.
It’s basically impossible to get a reasonably priced breakfast at a cool cafe these days. Three Williams have defied the odds producing a mouth-watering breakfast narnie for $15, it’s so filling it’ll probably tide you over for lunch too.
The Lord Dudley Hotel
Get yourself down to Woollahra for an after work drink on a Friday. Happy hour comes with free snacks.
Infiltrating Newtown with top-notch bar snacks, we can’t stop thinking about Bloodwood’s polenta chips with gorgonzola sauce for $9.
Dove & Olive
With craft beers, daily $9 meal specials and $5 tinnie Tuesday’s this place is certainly on it’s way to becoming our local.
Manly Wharf Hotel
Feel like a steak but don’t want to fork out $20+ for dinner. Head to Manly Wharf Hotel on a Thursday night. Did we mention it comes with chips and salad?
The Little Guy
We love free food. Popcorn is on tap at this tiny bar in Glebe giving you the chance to spend your $ on their endless amount of craft beers.
Perfect for a quick weekday lunch or a Saturday night BYO dinner, there are options for everyone, we like the sound of the miso ramen.
Lentil as Anything
This not for profit organisation has a pay how you feel system where the customer pays how much they think the food is worth. You can guarantee a good hearty meal that will make your soul feel good.
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Image credit: Bavarian Bier Cafe