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5 Places You Can Eat for $5 in Brisbane

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Published May 8th 2023
$5 is the new gold coin

Times are tough for everyone right now. The cost of living crisis has us all tightening our belts and embracing frugality - whether that's cheaper groceries, finding better ways to keep cool, or being more careful with presents and entertainment.

Now, you can enjoy takeout on the most meagre budget, with the bargains below.

1. Vietnamese Roll or Bahn Mi from Scotts Road Vietnamese Pork Rolls (9 Railway Parade, Darra)

This absolute cracker of a bargain had to lead the list. Scotts Road is an unassuming Asian takeaway store with some of the cheapest prices in Brisbane. They're well known for their rolls and bahm mi, which frequently feature on 'best of' lists, but the rest of their menu is insanely low as well.

If bahn mi doesn't float your boat, you can grab a sandwich or a plain burger for $5.

2. Bagel from The Bagel Boys (various locations)

Bagels aren't just a breakfast time - they can provide a quick, easy and filling handheld meal any time of the day.

The Bagel Boys menu is comprehensive and affordable - I personally love the salmon lox - but to fit with the brief, we're sticking to the Schmears portion, where a cream cheese bagel is $5.50 and a buttered bagel is $4 (add your choice of spread for $1).

3. Dumplings at Ling Lings Bar and Late Night Restaurant (351 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley)

Ling Lings aims to emulate the taste and feel of late-night markets in South East Asia. This ramps up on a Wednesday night, when the broke and hungry can fill up on dumplings for $1. From 6pm, diners can choose between chicken or vegetable dumplings. Bookings are highly recommended and can be made online.

4. Taco or burrito Royal George Hotel (327 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley)

The RG, as generations of Brissy kids have referred to this piece of architectural furniture, gets a headstart on Taco Tuesday with their Monday Mexican Madness special. Grab a taco for $4 or a burrito for $5, with the option to choose from beef and bean, chicken, or veggie.

Their All Day Deals menu is impressive - for a few extra dollars you can get a $10 rump steak (Tuesday) or chicken parmy (Wednesday), and for only $6, the BBQ wings and chips is available Monday to Friday.

5. First Pie at Worthy Pie Co (94 Boundary Street, West End)

Worthy Pie Co is a new entry to the Brisbane pie market but they've quickly proven themselves to be crowd-pleasers. The West End bakery churns out the Aussie favourite by the dozens, with halal-certified, vegetarian, and vegan options to suit everyone.

With a little preparation, you can treat yourself to one of their pies for $5 (usually around $11-$12) by signing up for their mailing list. With options like Curry in a Hurry, Chicken Parmy, and Let that Shittake Go, the hardest part will be choosing the pie.

Do you know any fabulous $5 deals in Brisbane? Share them in the comments below.

If you want more great meal deals, check out Brisbane's cheapest tacos here, cheapest chicken wings here, or cheapest bao here.
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I'm sure people will be keen to grab one of these bargains.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10579) 3 days ago
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