A Guide To Cheap Eating In Sydney For $1 And Up
Lovers of tight-arse Tuesdays and their equally thrifty Wednesdays, rejoice!
For between $1 and $3, you can now stretch the shrapnel in your pocket to cover a range of tasty foodstuffs to keep you satiated while scrimping and saving at the same time. These four Sydney establishments run killer food specials, so you know just where you need to be on Tuesday and Wednesday nights to rake in some delicious deals.
The Soda Factory
The first place to deposit all your change is the Americana-themed dive bar The Soda Factory in Surry Hills. There’s already so much to love about this venue, from live music to karaoke, movie nights and a kick-arse American diner-inspired menu, but on Tuesday nights, Dollar Dogs reign. For just $1 each, you can get a choice of three hot dogs including the famed Frank Sinatra, with fancier counterparts from $2-3 including the likes of the Yoko Ono and the Al Capone. When your meal is cheaper than the side of fries, you know you’re doing well.
Johnny Wong’s Dumpling Bar
Next on the lineup is Johnny Wong’s Dumpling Bar, perfect for your Darlinghurst nights. Located just above Kinselas, Johnny Wong’s is home to a wide variety of dumplings and buns from Taiwan. Get there on Wednesdays and be treated to $1 dumpling specials from 6-11pm. Here, they come in servings of five for $5, so turn up with a mate, grab a few plates, and enjoy a special that will keep your stomach and wallet happy.
El Camino Cantina
For those with an extra dollar to spare – or anyone in need of some rockabilly at The Rocks – there’s always El Camino Cantina. With Tex-Mex chic matched by a ’50s rock’n’roll interior – complete with a jukebox and food served out of the trunk of a Cadillac – this cantina is like no other. Taco Tuesdays is when you’ll want to be here most, with $2 tacos all day. Boasting a choice of chicken, beef or a special weekly taco, not to mention the trademark complimentary corn chips and salsa for your table, this is definitely a hit.
Feeling a little fancy? Well then, step into The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room in the CBD. Forget about your crippling student debt, or the general cost of living, and feel like royalty with their oyster specials. $1 oyster hour happens every Wednesday from 6-7pm and bookings are suspended for the hour, so you just need to front up and, at times, be prepared to queue. But as this special also coincides with the 5-7pm happy hour with $5 house wine, beer and spirits, it’ll be well worth the wait.
Add the above to your weekly budget, eat responsibly, and enjoy the benefits of good food and good finances. For between $1 and $3, a wealth of opportunity awaits.