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The round-up: chow down on budget bites with the Gold Coast’s best cheap eats

Penny pinchers tend to get a bad rap for being miserly and stingy, but at the end of the day they're the ones with full bellies and pockets full of cash. In honour of the frugal folk among us, 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? Not us.


Pretty Handsome, Miami: As a general rule, any venue that slings a delicious brekkie burrito and a large bean juice for $10 has our complete and undivided attention and friends, Pretty Handsome is one such place. Formerly a takeaway joint on the corner of Christine Avenue and Lemana Lane in Burleigh Heads, the quaint coffee nook has expanded to the shop next door to deliver a cafe-by-day and dive-bar-by-night.

El Camino Cantina, Robina: Put the supermarket noods down and make haste to El Camino Cantina to chow down 10-cent wings on Wednesdays. Yes, you read right, ten. flipping. cents. The catch? You have to buy a drink and you’re limited to 20 wings per drink – we’ll take 100 wings and five margs, thanks. Hot tip, if you enjoy tacos (who doesn’t, really?) be sure to check out the $2 Taco Tuesdays.

SPEC, Miami: If you’re partial to a cheeky bevvy and spend a significant portion of your day thinking about tacos, you’re going to love SPEC. Head down at lunch time and for just $12 you can grab a taco with a beer or wine – every day!

Aloha, Broadbeach: At risk of sounding like your nan, $2 doesn’t get you much these days … unless it happens to be Thursday and you’ve found your way to Aloha. Here $2 will get you a taco stuffed with sashimi salmon, pork, Paina lamb, Szechuan chicken or halloumi. Seriously, you couldn’t even make it yourself at home for that.

La Bella Cellar, Burleigh Heads: For a cheese board and a bevvy on a budget, we have just the place. Head down to much-loved La Bella Cellar on weekends between 3:00–5:00 pm and nab a bargain drink – we’re talking $5 Peronis and $7 proseccos – along with half-price cheese boards and $10 zucchini chips. Cheers to that.

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.

The Bavarian, Robina: If you have a small tribe, you know how expensive it can be to eat out. Enter The Bavarian. The crew is slinging a Feed the Family feast, which is suitable for two adults and two kids, for $50! The share-style menu comprises pretzels, chicken schnitzels, fries, salad and even a little something sweet to finish, apple strudel for the grown-ups and ice-cream for the kiddos. Available daily before 6:00 pm and kids must be 12 and under.

Little Mermaid, Mermaid Beach: As they say, the early bird gets the worm – or, the $10 bacon, egg and cheese roll with a coffee to boot. Head down to nab this brekkie special from 6:30–9:00 am from Monday to Friday.

Burgster, Palm Beach: This beloved neighbourhood burger joint dishes up daily specials throughout the week. Thursday is our personal fave as it’s cheeseburger night! Wrap your mitts around a single for $11, a double for $14 or go all out with a triple for $18. Coming in a very close second is oyster happy hour on Friday from 3:00–5:00 pm where you can slurp back natural oysters for $1, tempura or kewpie for $2 and kilpatrick for $3. The specials change on the reg so we suggest checking Burgster’s ‘gram for the latest info.

Hail Mary, Burleigh Heads: Keen to fill your belly with Mexican? Of course you do, because no-one said we Mexi-can’t! Hail Mary fangs $6 tacos on Taco Tuesdays, $12 burritos on Wednesdays, then on Thursday grab a pal and feast like kings (and/or queens) for just $55 with its Pineapple Thursday meal deal – nachos, six tacos and two drinks. On weekends you can get two tacos and a drink for just $18 at lunch. Holy guacamole!

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. Go ahead and don your stretchy pants for this date night.

Bine, Nobby Beach: No matter what day it is, Bine has a banger deal for you. On Mondays you can get cheeseburger and chips for $8, on Tuesdays tacos are $5 (bonus, it’s also trivia night!), on Wednesdays you can down $1 dumplings or a steak for $20. Thursday is dishing up a parmi and beer for $20. Oh, and did we mention there’s 50-cent wings from Monday to Friday between 4:00–6:00 pm? How good.

Ze Pickle, Burleigh Heads: Head down from Monday to Wednesday for half-price bar snacks – the ultimate mid-week pick-me up!

Harajuku Gyoza, Broadbeach: Lovers of pillowy gyoza (aren’t we all?) can chow down on $1 gyoza on Mondays, two-for-one gyoza plates on Tuesdays and 50c wings on Wednesdays – not technically gyoza, but who’s complaining?

Precinct Brewing Co., Miami: If you’ve overdone it on taco Tuesday and fancy yourself a bit of a smarty pants, book a table at Precinct for $15 pizza and trivia. What a combo!

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.

Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar, Surfers Paradise: Having champagne tastes on a beer budget isn’t a problem at Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar. Monday you get mates rates with 20% off food and drinks, Tuesday you can bite into the Beach Cheeseburger and fries with a soft drink, pot of house beer or a glass of vino for a cheeky $20 note. Rustle up your pocket change for $1 wings on Wednesday and Thursday is for locals with $13 burgers and booze specials all day long.

TupeAloha, Kirra: This southern gem is luring locals with $5 tacos on Tuesday and coconut chilli, cauliflower and buffalo wings for $1 on Thursdays along with $5 Young Henrys schooners. On Fridays, chow down on Cuban sandwiches for $15 from 3:00–5:00 pm along with some tasty drink specials. Best book a table because it’s got quite the fan-base.

Muso, Robina, Mermaid Beach and Chirn Park: There’s something deeply satisfying about slurping back a bowl of soul-warming ramen and with the Tokyo chicken bowls and the Tonkotsu bowls starting at just $16, it’s not too shabby on the old purse strings.

2 Bros, Southport: The words ‘we don’t cluck around’ adorn the side wall and friends, they aren’t lying. 2 Bros is like Disneyland for fried-chicken fiends, except unlike the aforementioned theme park, a trip here won’t break the bank with burgers starting at just $12. Go forth and eat.

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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