Unfortunately, the cost of living doesn’t seem to be getting any easier right now. So sometimes, when eating out, we need to find a place that is wallet-friendly. Though, it’s good to know that Brisbane has plenty of cheap eats, so we’ve curated a list of the best under $15.
1. Create Your Own Ramen at Motto Motto
There’s nothing like a heartwarming bowl of ramen, and Motto Motto is slinging serves of it on the cheap. Best of all, you can choose your own base flavours and ingredients, making you the boss of your own ramen.
We’re talking pork belly chashu, marinated ramen egg, black fungi, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, and more.
You can find Motto Motto at Westfield Carindale, Westfield Chermside, Westfield Mt Gravatt, and Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.
Price: from $9.90
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2. Taco Tuesdays at El Camino Cantina
Did someone say $2 Taco Tuesdays? Yes please! Select $2 tacos are available at El Camino with any drinks purchase, so you can grab a feed and a drink on the cheap every Tuesday.
Taco varieties include The King Caesar with grilled, the El Mac served with beef mince, as well as The Cauli Cartel with roasted cauliflower.
You can find El Camino at Bowen Hills, South Bank, Chermside and Hotel Diablo.
Price: $2 each with a drinks purchase
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3. The Bagel Boys
If you’re looking for quick, easy and budget-friendly lunch option in the city, look no further than The Bagel Boys.
These legends have plenty of options on their menu to fill our hungry bellies, from traditional bagel varieties such as cream cheese and avocado from just $5.50, to loaded bagels such as salmon, chicken as well as Reuben from $10.50.
You can find The Bagel Boys at 376 George Street, Brisbane City. They also have outposts in QUT and UQ.
Price: $5.50 – $11.50
4. Botanica Real Food
Craving a salad but don’t want to pay upwards of $20 for one? Head to Botanica Real Foods, where you can pick up delicious healthy takeaway salads from $14.90.
Think Israeli Cous Cous & Sweet Potato, Potato & Pea, Roasted Carrots with Chickpea, and plenty more.
Botanica also freshly made tarts from $8.50 as well as little cakes for the sweet tooths.
You can find Botanica venues at Red Hill, Teneriffe, Camp Hill, Hawthorne and Albion.
Price: $8.50 – $14.90
A good burger and some wings hits the spot most of the time. Even better when you can get fed for under $15. Fritzenberger has deliciously juicy burgs from just $11.80, which is an absolute steal in this economy, especially if you still want to eat chef-sourced local ingredients.
They also serve up $1 chicken wings, which come in packs of eight. Choose from flavours such as spicy buffalo, smoky BBQ, or spicy Korean.
You can find Fritzenberger at South Bank and Wilston.
Price: $8 – $14.80
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6. Sushi Edo
Sushi is always a good choice for eating out on a budget, especially with the rice, which fills hungry tums up.
This conveyor belt sushi spot offers a variety of fresh sushi rolls and plates from just $4.80 each.
You can find Sushi Edo at CBD, Barracks, Garden City, Newmarket, Sunnybank and Kenmore.
Price: $4.80 +
7. 5 Dogs
If you’re out late in the Valley on a weekend and want a late night feed that isn’t a kebab, then head on over to 5 Dogs on Brunswick Street.
They’re slinging hot dogs from just $9, burgers from $14.80, as well as loaded fries and other rolls for under $15 too.
Never underestimate the power of carbs after a night at the clubs.
Price: $9 – $14.80
8. The Yiros Shop
With multiple locations around Brisbane, The Yiros Shop offers traditional Greek-style yiros (gyros) wraps filled with meat, vegetables, and tzatziki sauce for under $15. They also have vegetarian varieties as well as loaded fries and salads.
You can find restaurants in South Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Cannon Hill, Newmarket, Albion, and more.
Price: $5.50 – $14.90
9. Harajuku Gyoza
Naturally, there are a lot of places to get cheap gyoza around Brisbane, but one of our favourites is Harajuku Gyoza.
They’ve got a venue in the CBD and another in South Bank, and their gyoza is absolutely delish. With a five-pack of pork gyoza for just $9, you can’t go wrong on the price point either.
Price: $9 – $13
10. Fat Angel Sports Bar
American-inspired Sports Bar ‘Fat Angel’ is slinging some super cheap eats such as classic cheeseburgers for $13, poutine for the same price, as well as smaller bites from $8.
Fat Angel’s daily specials are notable too: $10 burgers on Tuesdays, $1 wings on Wednesdays, $10 hot dogs on Thursdays, and $1 tater tots on Fridays.
You can find Fat Angel in Eagle Lane, Brisbane City.
Price: $8 – $13
For wholesome homemade vegetarian meals, you can’t go wrong with Govinda’s.
Here, you can get curry bowls with rice and kofta balls from just $12 as well as lasagne, samosas, cheesy potato bake, and a spinach and feta roll.
Find Govinda’s in Brisbane City and West End.
Price: $4 – $12
12. Banh Mi Factory
Want crunchy banh mi for under $10? Then be sure to check out this joint, which is located in both Newstead and Zillmere.
Banh mi varieties for $9.90, noodle salads and rice bowls for $13, and two rice paper rolls for $7 – Banh Mi Factory has your lunch sorted.
Price: $7 – $13
13. Watany Manoushi Lebanese Bakery
Felafel fans to the front – Watany Manoushi Lebanese Bakery is where it’s at. Delicious eats at a truly attractive price, and totally worth stopping by when around Mount Gravatt.
Loaded felafel plates for $14.99, felafel wraps from twelve bucks, and plenty of other delicious bites for under $10.
Price: $4.50 – $14.99
14. New York Slice
Another popular late night feed in the Valley, New York Slice has giant slices of pizza for $5.95 each you can choose and eat right from the window.
Or why not grab a whole regular Pepperoni pizza for $11.99?
New York Slice in located in Fortitude Valley and Redbank Plains.
Price: $5.95 – $11.99
15. McDonald’s (because where else has hash browns as good?)