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The round-up: the best cheap eats on the Gold Coast The round-up: the best cheap eats on the Gold Coast The round-up: the best cheap eats on the Gold Coast The round-up: the best cheap eats on the Gold Coast The round-up: the best cheap eats on the Gold Coast The round-up: the best cheap eats on the Gold Coast The round-up: the best cheap eats on the Gold Coast

The round-up: the best cheap eats on the Gold Coast

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.


Apres Surf, Mermaid Beach: This neighbourhood kitchen and bar is the go-to for primo cheap and tasty eats. Monday is $5 Classic Cheeseburger night, and on Wednesdays all of the Apres burgers (like beef and bacon, and southern fried chicken) are just $12.50 with fries. Thursdays are for $1 dumplings (handmade on site), while on Friday from 5:00–7:00 pm it’s all about them 50-cent wings. Go get ’em!

The Cambus Wallace, Nobby Beach: This popular local haunt throws the cheap eats around all week. There’s $5 sliders every Tuesday (beef, pulled pork or crumbed zucchini), plus whisky-glazed ribs or sirloin steak for just $15 on Wednesdays, and $10 sourdough toasties (combos like salami, Swiss cheese and gherkins) with fries and slaw on Thursdays. The market-fresh oysters are just $1.50 each from 4:00–6:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays, and all day Sunday.

Burleigh Pavilion, Burleigh: There are cheap eats on the daily at The Pav. You can get a meal with a schooner of tap beer or a glass of house wine or sparkling for just $20 – and the ocean views are thrown in for free. The twenty-buck meal deal rotates daily – on Mondays it’s beer-battered fish and chips, on Tuesday it’s nachos, on Wednesday it’s any burger and on Fridays you can choose from any pizza.

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.

Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop, Southport: Mr PP’s is a popular hang for a budget-friendly gnaw. It’s happy hour every day from 4:00–6:00 pm where you can get $5 cheese boards, tap beers, basic wines and spirits. There’s all-you-can-eat pasta (for 1.5 hours) every Wednesday for just $20, including dishes like succulent beef rigatoni and garlic-infused spaghetti aglio e olio. Head back on Thursday nights with the crew for three-for-two pizzas and live-music bingo.

FuFu, Mermaid Beach: Get your broke self into FuFu on Wednesdays for $5 baos, then again on Friday to fill up on a spread of favourites with its $30 banquet. FuFu also dishes up 50-cent wings and $5 beers until 6:00 pm every day.

Aviary Rooftop Bar, Southport: Like the sound of all-you-can-eat pizza? Of course you do. Every Tuesday night, gather your best pizza pals and head to Aviary for bottomless pizzas for just $29. There’s also gluten-free and vegan pizzas on offer at no extra charge! Grab yourself a few cheeky cocktails for the perfect prelude to Hump Day.

Hail Mary, Burleigh Heads: Want to fill your belly with Mexican? Hail Mary does $10 burritos before 7:00 pm 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 beer for just $16 at lunch, then on Sunday you can fill up with a large nachos and a jug of sangria for just $35.

Burgster, Palm Beach: Curb your cravings on Mondays and Thursdays with $5 cheeseburgers (or $10 for a double, $15 for a triple). There’s $5 tacos on Taco Tuesday, on Wednesdays there’s $1 wings and $10 margaritas all night, and on Fridays the kitchen dishes out $1 oysters from 3:00–5:00 pm. Yep, that’s our kind of happy hour.

The Bavarian Broadbeach and Coomera: We love cheap eats – but free eats taste even better! Every day from 4:00–6:00 pm it’s Royal Snack Hour at The Bavarian – all you have to do is buy a drink and you’ll be able to snack on mini sausage rolls, Texan sloppy fries and Cajun popcorn chicken for free! It doesn’t stop there – from Monday to Thursday  The Bavarian does $10 lunches – we’re talking hearty eats like smoked-pepper kransky sandwiches, sloppy fries and Southern fried chicken burger, all for just ten bones.

Aloha Bar & Dining, Broadbeach: If you’re broke on Wednesdays you can get $1 dumplings at Aloha, or head in on Thursday for $2 tacos all night long. Prefer Sunday? Get in there for $1 oysters, served until they sell out. You’ll find plenty of tasty eats on the cheap here served until the wee hours.

Alfred’s Diner, Mermaid Beach: If you’re hunting for a cheap breakfast, both Alfred’s muesli and avocado on toast are just $10. Head back (two visits in one day is fine) for a cheap lunch – hot dogs start at just $7, or get your mitts around a pulled-pork or falafel burrito for $12.

Bonita Bonita and Bon Bon Bar, Mermaid Beach: The home of taco Thursdays – choose from a range of tasty tacos for just $5 every single Thursday, or head in on Fridays for $10 nachos next door at Bon Bon Bar. There’s also a $29 banquet on Sundays, while on Mondays it’s hospo night and there’s 50-cent wings (and $10 margis).

The Arc, Nobby Beach: You’ll find cheap eats aplenty here. On Wednesdays you’ll get either a pizza or a burger with a beer for $20 (plus free comedy!) and on Fridays for ‘locals night’ the kitchen slings $8 pizzas all day and night.

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. On Wednesdays you and your pals can tuck into half a kilo of gnocchi for just $35, while on Thursdays plant-based eaters can fill up on all-you-can-eat vegan pizzas for just $25.

Frida Sol, Palm Beach: Just like its sibling Bonita Bonita, Frida Sol slings $5 tacos on Thursdays, as well as $10 nachos from 5:00 pm on Fridays. Head back for Sangria Sundays, where you’ll get a four-course banquet for $29, washed down with $15 jugs of sangria.

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.

Ally Chow, Nobby Beach: Get your penny-pinching paws on delicious baos from Ally Chow every Thursday night – they are only $5 each. Pork-belly katsu bao, anyone?

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.

The Stumble Guide is our comprehensive Gold Coast dining guide with more than 870 places to eat, drink, shop and play.



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