The round-up: chow down on budget bites with the Gold Coast’s best cheap eats
Penny pinchers tend to be mistaken for being miserly and stingy, but at the end of the day they’re the ones with smug grins and pockets filled with cash. In honour of these frugal folk, we’ve rounded up a bunch of the Gold Coast’s best cheap eats. This handy list will please your purse strings and your tastebuds – besides, who wants to cook when you can feed yo’face and still get change out of a $20 note? Not us.
Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar, Surfers Paradise: Having a big appetite isn’t a problem at Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar. Tuck into $10 cheeseburgers on Cheesy Tuesday, $1 wings on Wednesdays, and on Thursdays the burgers are a measly $13. Oh, and if you’re there on a Sunday the margaritas are just $10.
Hail Mary, Burleigh Heads: Want to fill your belly with Mexican? Hail Mary does $12 burritos and bowls on Wednesdays, then on Thursday grab a pal and feast like kings for just $25 each with its Pineapple Thursday meal deal – nachos, six tacos and two drinks for $50. On Saturday and Sunday you can get two tacos and a drink for just $17 at lunch, and on Sundays can share a large nachos and a jug of sangria for just $35.
Burgster, Palm Beach: This beloved neighbourhood burger bar slings eats on the cheap all throughout the week. On Cheeseburger Monday get $11 cheeseburgers with fries, then on Taco Tuesday you and a mate can feast like kings with a $45 mega taco pack (four tacos, chips, guac, chicken skins, and two beers). Wings are just $1.50 on Wednesdays and on Fridays it’s all about oysters – $2 natural, $3 tempura and $4 kilpatrick.
Bine, Nobby Beach: No matter what day it is, Bine has a banger deal for you. On Mondays you can get $8 burgers and chips, on Tuesdays tacos are $5 and margaritas are $12, on Wednesdays you can get $1 dumplings and $20 chicken or mushroom parmies (and a small beer!). If you’re there on the weekends for lunch, you can grab a burger and a beer for just 18 bones. How good.
That’s Amore, Miami: This neighbourhood Italian has your mid-week lunches covered. You can get a pizza or a pasta (choice of four different varieties) with garlic bread and a can of drink for just $10. Yes, $10. If you’ve got an extra $2 to spare, you can grab cheeseburger or a buttermilk chicken burger with chips and a drink for just $12. What a delicious bargain.
Pretty Handsome, Miami: We know $10 doesn’t get you much these days, but if you take your crisp tenner to Pretty Handsome cafe (nestled in along Christine Avenue opposite the Ugg shop) you can score a towering burger and fries from Tuesday to Sunday nights. The Southern fried chicken burger is quite the mouthful.
Salt Meats Cheese, Surfers Paradise: Anything that comes in bottomless quantities is a great vibe. Foodies can eat until they burst at Salts Meats Cheese at The 4217, with bottomless authentic woodfired pizzas for just $25 (with a drink purchase) on Mondays. Bellissimo!
The Cambus Wallace, Nobby Beach: Don’t feel like a burger? Overdid it on the tacos? This popular local watering hole will get you through Hump Day with eats that are a little more substantial while remaining wallet-friendly. Swing down each week for Whisky Wednesday – for just $19 you’ll get a grilled scotch fillet or a slow-braised lamb shank with fries and salad, or for just $15 you’ll get four tasty arancini balls with fries and salad. You’ll have a few dollars spare for a dram while you’re at it.
Miami Marketta, Miami: It took out the Best Place for Tasty Cheap Eats category of the 2019 EAT/drink Awards for good reason! Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights, locals arrive in droves for a street-food feast on the cheap at Miami Marketta. There’s everything from Mexican to Italian, Hungarian (hellooo langos), Greek, Japanese and more all under one roof. Plus, there’s always toe-tapping live beats to set the tone for a cheap and cheerful night out.
Mount Lebanon Deli, Nobby Beach: This long-standing Nobby Beach is famous for falafel, and you’ll find lunchtime particularly busy here as the locals line up for the well-known falafel wrap, which start from just $7.50. You’ll even have a few acorns left over for a sneaky baklava and a couple of kourabiedes to go.
Betty’s Burgers, Various Locations: The hugely popular burger joint has four locations across the coast (Westfield Coomera, Pacific Fair, Surfers Paradise and Robina) and boasts a menu packed with inexpensive nosh. Grab yourself a Betty’s Classic burger for just $10, french fries for $5 or snack on some onion rings for $6. Wash it all down with a Peanut Butter Brittle milkshake for $8 – yum!
La Diosa Mexicana, Surfers Paradise: For salty margaritas and Mexico City-style tacos, La Diosa Mexicana is where it’s at. Located in the Circle on Cavill precinct, this Mexican eatery serves up tacos (of the chicken and pork variety) for just $3 on Tuesdays so you can enjoy an affordable lunch on the run, or make it a proper feast and add some margaritas or Mexican beers.
Govindas, Burleigh Heads: If you’re after a meat-free day then scoot down to James Street in Burleigh Heads where you’ll find seriously tasty vegetarian nosh. The menu changes on the regular and for just $10 you’ll get a choice of two hot dishes with rice (make sure one of those is the potato bake) or you can get a hefty slice of vegetarian lasagne for just $9.
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