Tuck into Brisbane's best cheap eats

Have you got fine-dining tastebuds and a student budget? You’ve come to the right place – we’re here to help you make the most of your dollar when dining out in Brisbane.

Read on to discover our pick of budget-friendly dining throughout Brisbane.

Asian cuisine

Fat Dumpling
Fat Dumpling

The most obvious of them all, it can be quite easy to find cheap, quality Asian eats in Brisbane. For dumplings, try New Shanghai, Steamed, Harajuku Gyoza or Fat Dumpling. For Japanese, try Sushi Kotobuki, LR Sushi, Taro’s Ramen or Ginga. For Vietnamese, try The Vietnamese, Roll’d, Trang, Quan Thanh, Fat Noodle or Little Saigon Grill. For Indian, try Indian Kitchen, Taj Mahal or Punjabi Palace. For Korean, try Madtongsan, Noritor or Maru. For a cluster of cheap Asian eats, go to 8 Street at Westfield Garden City – experience 13 Asian food stalls in a completely Chinese-themed area. Be immersed in the sounds and smells of downtown China as a trolley passes tables selling $5 beers.

To market, to market

Eat Street
Eat Street Market

Markets are a great option for those wanting to eat cheap and have variety. The Jan Power Farmers’ Market pops up in Brisbane City every Wednesday – a great opportunity to grab fresh produce plus lunch and a juice. Eat Street Northshore and Boundary Street Markets both offer a twilight market of food stalls with every cuisine you can imagine. Eat Street is set inside shipping containers, while Boundary Street has unusual stalls, live bands and a retail shopping market too.

All American feasts

The Burger Project
Burger Project

Burger joints have been opening the doors all over Brisbane and are the perfect spot to stop for a cheap meal. Try Burger ProjectMiel Container, DA'Burger, Ben’s Burgers, Miss Kay’s, Chur Burger or Red HookTippler’s Tap will sell you 1kg of chicken wings for $12. Other great places for wings include WingBlaster, Carolina Kitchen, Super Whatnot or Archive. For hot dogs, try 5 Dogs, Greaser, The Manhattan Line, or Brat Haus. For bagels, you can’t go past The Bagel Boys.

European gems

West End is known for its Greek heritage, and the food here is both good and well-priced. Get mains for less than $20 at Little Greek Taverna or Lefkas Taverna. For good and cheap Italian, try Vapiano, Verve, Sorellina Pizza or Vespa Pizza. The Eiffel Restaurant in Fortitude Valley is a quick stop for French cuisine, while the Brisbane German Club is a great place for cheap German food – get a face-sized schnitzel with vegetables and potato mash for about $20. It is so large you could share with a friend.

Value dining

Kwan Brothers
Kwan Brothers

If you’ve got those fine-dining tastebuds and a small budget, dining in nice restaurants is still possible in Brisbane. For a nice dinner out that doesn’t break the bank, take your friends or a date to Beccofino, Bucci, Julius PizzeriaHop & Pickle, The Persian Restaurant, Fat Noodle, Kwan Brothers or Bird’s Nest Yakitori. At these places you will get the atmosphere and quality, but most mains are under $25.

Mexican

From fajitas and burritos, to quesadillas, tortillas and other words we can’t pronounce, Mexican fast food is here to stay – and it is cheap. For quick and easy, try Tuckeria or The Burrito Bar. If you’ve got time to sit down, head to Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant, El Torito or Beach Burrito. Beach Burrito is also a bar and has some good daily deals during the week.

Chase down food trucks

Vira Lata
Vira Lata 

Follow Brisbane’s food trucks as they roam the streets of the city bringing different cuisines to your doorstep. Rather than list them all (the fleet seems to grow every day) try and keep an eye out for a "food truck meet up". Wandering Cooks host "Thank Truck It’s Thursday" every week, the Downey Park Food Trucks meet monthly, as does Logan's Eats & Beats food truck meet. Brisbane City Council has also launch a food truck website to help you keep up with your favourite vans.

Seafood

For some of the best and cheapest fish and chips in Brisbane, The Fishery or Fishmonger’s Wife are your best bet. Reef Seafood & Sushi also has a number of cheap or value options, and George’s Paragon is half price when you dine at lunch time.

For the sweet tooth

Kiss The Berry Acai Bar
Kiss The Berry, Brisbane City store

Fortunately, sweets are often on the cheap, but where can you get the best treats? For the best Italian gelato, try La Macelleria or Shlix. Grab a donut, cronut or brownie for under $5 from Flour & Chocolate. Speaking of brownies, I Heart Brownies are just $4 for the basic range. For a healthy and cheap breakfast, try Kiss the Berry or Botanica.

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