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    40 must-try Cairns cheap eats for $15 and less


    Heading out in Cairns to eat with 15 dollars or less to spare?

    Fill yourself up on these tasty morsels - from sweet to savoury, breakfast through to dinner - with Tropic Now's handy list of 40 cheap eats under $15…

    Tropic tip: bookmark this page for future reference!



    1. 'Good Morning Jaffle' at Jafflehead = $9

    A pocket of breakfast goodness with poached egg, spinach, hollandaise sauce, bacon, spinach and cheese.

    39-49 Lake St, Cairns City


    2. Lime n Pepper calamari at The Pier Bar = $14.50

    Take a seat overlooking the Esplanade and enjoy this seafood dish, complete with chips and a salad!

    1 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City


    3. Nasi goreng at Bagus Cafe = $10.90

    Indonesian foodies will love this classic fried rice dish.

    149 The Esplanade, Cairns City


    4. Beef roti at Roti Shack = $10.90

    Melt in your mouth taste of the Caribbean

    Shop 4, 93 Lake St, Cairns


    5. A pie from Meldrum's = around $7

    This much-loved bakery on Grafton St has been a favourite for pie lovers for years, with lots of varieties to choose from including a popular gluten free option.

    97 Grafton St, Cairns


    6. Chickpea and zucchini curry at Richard's Salt and Pepper = $14.50

    Famous for his goat curry, this vegetarian option from Richard's is also worth a whirl.

    Oleander St, Holloways Beach


    7. Cheesy Evo at Evo Burger = $11.90

    A classic burger, with chees, tomato, lettuce, red onion, mustard, ketchup, mayo, picks, plus (of course) an Angus beef pattie.

    105 Lake St, Cairns City


    8. Salmon bento box at Bento Paradise = $10

    A local favourite for fresh sushi, this box comes with four rolls plus heaps more - so much value!

    99 Mulgrave Rd, Parramatta Park


    9. Epicurean chicken at Bang and Grind = $11

    On Turkish with bacon, salad, cheese and aioli. Mmmm.

    8/14 Spence St, Cairns


    10. Lunch deal at Jambo Pastry = $10

    The menu changes but it's all delicious traditional Filipino fare, served buffet style. Don't leave without trying the jackfruit ice cream.

    1/180 English St, Manunda



    11. Avocardio at Waffle On = $13

    Homemade waffles served with smashed avo, scrambled eggs, bacon and spring onion.

    62 Shields St, Cairns City


    12. Lunch special at Jade Chinese Restaurant = $10

    One of the best value lunches in Cairns. Includes a meat seafood or vegetable dish with steamed or egg fried rice plus salad or soup of the day.

    313 Kamerunga Rd, Freshwater (Cairns North venue now closed)


    13. Taco Duo at Rattle n Hum = $15

    Soft shell tortillas with a choice of mexican chicken, spicy battered prawns or sauteed veges. Plus salsa and guacamole of course!

    67 The Esplanade, Cairns City


    14. Greek sausages at Fetta's Greek Taverna = $10

    Lightly spiced sausages with cooked onion, cucumber and chili sauce, served with pitta bread. A bargain at ten bucks.

    99 Grafton St, Cairns City


    15. Spanish tapas at Three Wolves = $10

    There's more than just fab cocktails at this laneway bar.  Their $10 Spanish-style tapas dishes are also a must-try. 

    32 Abbott St, Cairns City


    16. Curries at Khin Khao = $8.90

    Classic Thai red, green or Panang curry with your choice of meat, veges or tofu.

    21 Aplin St, Cairns North


    17. Quarter chook at Howlin' Jay's = $13

    Nashville-style fried chicken with bread and pickles in a great location.

    1 Pierpoint Rd, Cairns


    18. Poached eggs and sourdough toast at Caffiend = $9.90

    Breakfast eggs don’t get much better than this very cheerful combo.

    5/72-74 Grafton Street, Cairns


    19. Beef stew at Pho Viet = $12.90

    Think Vietnamese-style comfort food with bread or rice noodles to boot!

    Shop 5, 78 Abbott Street, Cairns


    20. Gourmet fruit toast at Hopscotch = $10

    Artesian baked raisin toast with whipped mascarpone, rainforest honey and home-made preserve.

    32 Mulgrave Road, Earlville


    21. Udon at Happy 4 10 = $13

    Seafood, tempura, beef, vege and chicken noodle options. Too easy.

    82 Sheridan St, Cairns


    22. Cheesy Deluxe burger at APEX Milk Bar = $13.50

    Pure beef patty, 2 cheese slices, house made pickles, onion, lettuce tomato and the Apex special sauce, all on a milk bun. Need we say more? 

    24 Hoare Street, Manunda


    23. Lunch special at Goong = $9.95

    A ten buck note gets you your choice of teriyaki chicken or tonkatsu pork with rice.

    16 Aplin St, Cairns City


    24. Russian dumplings at Linga Longa Restaurant = $12.50

    All home made, coming with a meat, veg and fruit filling. Just try them.

    120 Collins Ave, Edge Hill


    25. Cheesy pretzel at the Bavarian Beerhouse = $7.50

    This tasty Bavarian treat is made in house and is also available with jalapenos for an extra $2. Nice!

    1/77 The Esplanade, Cairns


    26. Chicken coconut soup at Café Thailand = $7.90

    A winter warmer for the Tropics! 

    7/93 The Esplanade, Cairns


    27. Banana & walnut bread at NOA = $9

    A ‘best banana bread’ award should be created just to be given to this dish.

    1 Pyne St, Edge Hill


    28. Devonshire tea at Café Botanic = $8.90

    Enjoy a classic Devonshire Tea surrounded by the lush landscape of the Cairns Botanical Gardens. Comes with your choice of tea or coffee.

    Flecker Botanic Gardens, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill


    29. Mario Kart at Get Toasted = $8

    A vegetarian toastie with Basil Pesto, Bruschetta Tomato, Mozzarella, Balsamic Glaze. More carnivorous foodies can add chicken.

    149 Spence Street, Portsmith


    30. Fishburger at Mobil on Spence = $7.50

    Locally caught Spanish mackerel for under 8 dollars? Yes please!

    8/14 Spence Street, Cairns City


    31. Truffle Jaffles at Cafe Ten One Twenty = $10

    Leg ham, cheddar, truffle tapenade, aioli

    10/120 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill


    32. Sushi plates at Sushi Express = $2 - $4.50

    This Orchid Plaza restaurant is hands-down the cheapest sushi joint in Cairns. You won’t pay any m
    ore than $4.50 per plate.

    2/111-115 Grafton Street, Orchid Plaza


     

    33. Kurodama at Ganbaranba = $8.90

    A pork broth with special garlic oil, infused for over two hours.

    7/12-20 Spence St, Cairns City


     

    34. Chicken Tikka Masala at Indian Brothers Restaurant = $11.95

    Sometimes it's hard to beat the classics, especially at this price. 

    58 Lake Street, Cairns 


    35. Eggs benny wrap at Wharf One = $10

    The breakfast classic, in a tasty wrap form.

    Wharf Street, Cairns City 


    36. French toast at Lillipad Café = $9.90

    A yummy 3 piece stack of French toast dusted with icing sugar and served with maple syrup.

    72 Grafton St, Cairns City


    37. Spinach and Wondaree macadamia salad at Harbourside Bar and Kitchen = $15

    Mungalli Creek fetta, spinach, snow peas, strawberry and orange segments finished with orange dressing and topped with roasted Wondaree macadamias and walnuts. Great with a sparkling rose!

    209-217 The Esplanade, Cairns City


     

    38. Ramen lunch deal at Ramen Street Cairns = $14.95

    New ramen joint in Manunda with seriously delicious and authentic dishes. Amazing value with a bowl of ramen plus 3 free gyoza for their lunch deal.

    Shop 2, 1 Jensen St, Manoora


    39. Jabche with rice at Corea Corea = $9.80

    Noodles mixed with vegetables and beef. A hearty dish for under $10.

    Orchid Plaza, 32/58 Lake St, Cairn


    40. Tempura Prawn Udon at Wara Sushi = $13.00

    Japanese udon noodles in a delicious broth, served with tempura prawns.

    Shop 144, 1-21 McLeod St, Cairns city, 4870