Do you wish you could eat out more often? Well, we’ve discovered the best cheap eats in Melbourne and tested them ourselves. Our cheap eats guide covers everything from tacos, burgers, oysters & more. Go forth, get fat.
The crew at Lounge have recently upped their burger game; head in between 12pm to 3pm on a weekday to pick up this classic cheeseburger and fries for just $11.50. The buns are made in-house and the black Angus beef patty is aged for at least 21 days. An incredible burger for fantastic value.
In the heart of the CBD is a Japanese joint that produces fantastic curry don dishes for less than $8. For years, Don Don has been a hot spot for students and workers on their lunch break, and it’s clear why, when you’re served a piping hot bowl in under 30 seconds. Make sure to bring cash – there’s no eftpos – and avoid lunch time if you don’t want a little wait.
Pay a visit to Tom Phat during the week to enjoy a main meal and coffee for $15. It’s a Brunswick gem that serves modern Thai cuisine. Attached next door you’ll find Bah Phat, their little boozy brother that sports a fantastic happy when beer & wine is just $5
Pacino’s Italian Family Restaurant celebrate Monday with their $10 international parma special. Choose from over 10 different parma toppings – including Indian tandoori, Mexican nachoe & Spanish chorizo – served alongside chips and salad.
You’ll pay $10 for the parma, and then any sides will set you back $1 each. It’s incredibly value for money, and it’s a local favourite with over 400 being served every Monday.
You won’t leave Flemington, but your taste buds will get their own little holiday.
A buck doesn’t buy much anymore, except for an oyster at The Rochester Hotel every Monday. Call around from 3:00 pm onwards when the oysters are offered for just $1. The Rochey also celebrates happy hour until 7:00 pm, featuring $7 pints & $5 house wine.
It’s a fantastic local pub, with pool, a fireplace and nice little rooftop garden.
Melbourne is known for it’s many hidden bars, and Ferdydurke is a shining example. Head up the unassuming stairs on Tattersalls lane and you’ll find this cosy bar with intimate seating and a balcony that overlooks section 8.
Visit during the weekday between 4pm – 7pm, and score a specialty polish hotdog and a pot of beer for just $10.
Chef Adrian Trimarchi makes his pasta daily at his solo venture, Twirled Pasta Bar. You’ll find housemade spaghetti, pappardelle, tagliatelle and also a range of toasted sandwiches.
Head down on either a Monday or Tuesday for a bowl of house-made pasta for just $12. It’s available from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and you can choose anything from their main menu.
Inside a trendy warehouse space on the edge of The Yarra is Bangpop. Visit on a Tuesday to score yourself some $9.90 pad thai. Choose from chicken, vegetarian or prawn.
There’s only a couple of things in Melbourne one dollar will buy you, and dumplings at Maeve Fox is one of them. Head along to this slick bar on a Thursday night for $1 dumplings and spring rolls.
Not only does Burgerlove make some of the cheapest burgers in Melbourne, they also make some of the best. The Meataxe is our favourite, coming in at a more than reasonable price of $14. They also serve glorious poutine, donuts and milkshakes. If these guys don’t blow you away, nothing will.
Tucked away at the lower end of Spencer Street is The Wharf Hotel, home to a great lunch time special. Visit on a weekday to score yourself one of their ever changing meals accompanied by either a wine or beer. Sit back and enjoy the wonderful view of The Yarra.
Down in St Kilda there is a little bar call The Branch, that offers some pretty big specials. Housed in a former art Deco State Bank, this cosy venue specials happening every night of the week.
Call around on a Tuesday from 3 pm and you’ll find fried chicken wings for just 50c. Happy hour also runs until 7 pm, featuring $5 house wine, $6 spirits & $12 beer jugs.
The guys at Lazerpig have a lot going for them; they’re a welcoming laid back pizza bar just off Smith St, with regular DJs & a great bar.
Their pizza is hand-stretched and cooked in their wood fired oven at over 400 degrees. Every weekday you’ll be able to pick up their classic margherita for just $10. It happens from 4pm – 6pm.
One of Melbourne’s best specials happens every Wednesday at Mr Scruff’s, where you’ll be able to score anything off their main menu for half price. This makes the burgers and nachos both $5, along with plenty of other greasy gems for mere pocket change. Careful, it gets packed.
If there’s one love that will eventually unite all nations, it’s the love of cheese. Add in some meat and bread and you have the best peacemaker mankind has ever seen. This is called a Philly Cheesesteak, and Sparrow’s serve them for $8 every Monday evening. Throw in an extra $2 for chips.
This is one of the juiciest burgers we’ve ever had the pleasure of destroying. It features a 300g wagyu beef pattie, topped with cheese and served between a house made bun. Grab it for $10 every Thursday night at The Royal Mail.
We like good looking legs, especially if they’re made of chicken. Every Monday, Howler offers their fried chicken basket for $12 along with either a beer or cider. It’s an awesome Brunswick hideaway, perfect for putting your feet up (expect maybe if you’re poultry.)
There’s only one way to test how much you truly love tacos, and that’s to see how much you can eat in one sitting. Every Monday night, Father’s Office offers all you can eat tacos for $25 along with a bonus schooner of beer or cider. Is there anything more romantic?
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