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9 sweet lunch specials

Vapiano
Salt Meats Cheese
Lucky Bao
Imperial at The Star
Harry's Steak Bistro

Lunch is definitely the most underrated meal. Breakfast is fun because it’s the first food of the day and dinner is good because looking forward to it is the thing that gets you through the day but lunch, kinda more of a necessity isn’t it.

Because we’re about celebrating all the foods, all the time, we wanted to give lunch the recognition it deserves. We’ve put together a list of sweet lunch specials at some of our fave spots. Listed from north to south.

The Sandwich Bros.
The little sambo shop in the heart of Surfers provides many lunchtime goods and these specials will ensure they’re at the top of your list (and this list as it turns out). Get yourself a baguette, side salad and bottle of water for just 10 measly bucks or the daily baguette special for only $7.
Where: Shop 7, 38 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise 

Vapiano
Italian food never tasted so good. Find Vapiano overlooking the ocean at Surfers Paradise and eat yourself silly with $10 pizza and pasta dishes. Good luck not going there every day until you’ve tried everything. Plus, there’s all the people watching opps. What’s not to love.
Where: Soul Boardwalk, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise

Salts Meats Cheese
Home of all things delicious and cheesy is Salts Meats Cheese in Surfers’ fancy The 4217 precinct. While you should definitely eat one of everything on the menu, lunchtime is the perfect excuse to inhale a $10 pizza. Every weekday from 12 to 3pm they’re yours.
Where: The 4217, Beach Road, Surfers Paradise

Mecca Bah
Oh this place is a gift from the foodie Gods gang and definitely one of the Coast’s best restaurants (in our humble opinion). Luckily for us (and you) you can feast upon a pizza and beer for just $20 every weekday from 11.30am to 3pm. Go today.
Where: The Oracle, 3 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach

Lucky Bao
Feeling lucky? If you’ve ever tried Lucky Bao’s delicious little morsels of goodness you’ll know a two for $16 bao special is as lucky as it gets. Get them while they’re hot (which is Monday to Friday lunchtime). Thank you very much and race ya to the baos.
Where: 90 Markeri Street, Mermaid Waters

Imperial at The Star
How good is Chinese food and in particular that of Imperial at The Star. So good is how good. Internationally trained Exec Chef Song Yao Su combines Mandarin and Cantonese ingredients and creates a little bit of magic to be honest. Eat three courses for just $24.50 per person from Wednesday to Sunday.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Saiko Teppanyaki
The Kitchens is always a fun time and we’re pretty partial to a Teppanyaki time at Saiko. At lunchtime you can grab a stir-fried protein of your choice plus veggies, steamed rice, salad and miso from $13 to $18. So yummy, so healthy, sign us up.
Where: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina

Harry’s Steak Bistro
So this is technically not a lunch special but it is the most special of specials if you’re keen on champagne, fries and bustling Burleigh Heads. YES PLEASE. The gist is this. You can get yourself a glass of champagne and unlimited fries for just $4. Yes folks, just $4. Friday’s and Saturday’s from 2pm to 5pm. Get it.
Where: 1744 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

Rainbow Bay SLSC
Down south you can sit overlooking the surf and tuck into $10 lunches from Monday to Friday. It’s the perfect combination really because firstly, views for days and secondly surf club meals are some of the best (and most filling) you can get. Add a frosty cold beer and call it a day.
Where: 2 Snapper Rocks Rd, Coolangatta

Words by Kirra Smith

8 places for Thursday cheap eats

Mr PP's Deli & Rooftop

Being the day before Friday used to be the best thing about Thursday, until cheap eats was born that is.

In the name of saving pennies but still extracting yourself from the couch for a night out pre-weekend, we found a few places to get some cheap grub.

Please hold while we point out that pretty much all Mexican joints on the Gold Coast offer some form of taco Thursday situation which also involved margaritas so double win. There’s a list of those here.

Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop Bar
Not only stunning views and plenty of good vibes, Southport’s Mr PP’s is serving up $5 cheese tasting boards and two for one pizzas on Thursday’s. There’s also fun times in the form of trivia so gather the gang and get involved.
Where: 43 Nerang Street, Southport 

Aloha Bar & Dining
The tropical little tiki bar is serving up the goods every day of the week but on Thursday’s it’s half price taco Thursday. Plus, their cocktails are some of the very best around.
Where: 18 Main Place Broadbeach 

BonBon Bar
It’s taco Thursday so head to your favourite Mermaid Mexi joint for $5 tacos and a guaranteed good time.
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach 

Little Mermaid
Get in on the action with a burger, fries and a beer, cider or wine for only $15. That’s a doozy of a deal. Plus, you get to sit amongst the greenery and watch the world go by.
Where: 2557 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Little Mermaid

Apres Surf
The crew at Apres Surf have a special on every weekday so you can save many shiny pennies. On Thursday it’s $10 delicious Après Chicken Parmi Burger with bacon, basil and special sauce.
Where: 2376 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Bine Beer Bar
The team at Bine Beer Bar are bringing the goods with a chicken parmy and beer tasting paddle for $15. If you aren’t full by the time you leave, we’ll eat our hats.
Where: Shop 1/28 Chairlift Ave, Nobbys Beach

Wildernis Bar & Restaurant
The wildlings come out on (Rn’B) Thursday’s at Wildernis with two tacos and a Corona or a glass of sangria for just $15. Get it gang.
Where: 1166 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach 

Currumbin Vikings SLSC
It’s all about the two-for-one meals on Thursday arvos from 5pm. There’s 180 degree ocean views and cheap beers too. Best.
Where: 741 Pacific Pde, Currumbin

baskk at Kirra Point
The prettiest of southern spaces, baskk at Kirra Point is serving up $20 pizzas all day long and they are DE-LICIOUS. Wash one down with an icy glass of rose and everything is golden.
Where: Shop 2 Beach House Plaza 52-58 Marine Parade

Words by Kirra Smith.

10 Gold Coast spots for cheap drinks

Is there anything that makes you happier than cheap drinks? Neither. Because summer is the best time for beverage consuming, we’ve found the top 10 spots to make the most of your hard earned cash (and beat that absolutely unnecessary heat).

You’re welcome.

Apres Surf Kitchen & Bar
Happy hour comes around daily at your favourite surf shack. Pop in from 5pm to 6pm for $5 house drinks and $10 selected cocktails. They’ve also got tasty food deals most nights so your shiny coins will stretch far.
Where: 2376 Gold Coast Highway Mermaid Beach

Bine Bar & Dining
It’s a beer bonanza at Bine with $5 craft beer daily daily from 4pm to 6pm. Why not grab some 50c wings to go with it. On Thursdays head in for a $15 parmi and paddle where you get to taste five beers and down your fave dinner option.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Ave, Nobbys Beach

Stingray Lounge
Keep it classy at Stingray Lounge on Taco Tuesdays from 5pm to 10pm. There are $3 tacos and $10 cocktail specials (margaritas please). Tequila Thursdays are a good time with tequila from $15 and additional $10 quesadillas.
Where: 7 Staghorn Ave Surfers Paradise

Steampunk
On Sundays at Steampunk you can indulge in a double dose of goodness with drink specials (changes weekly) and live music. Oh and Espresso Martinis are a measly $10 all day, every day so there’s no excuse not to spend all your time there.
Where: Level 1, 3113 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Nightjar
Unsurprisingly, Burleigh’s home of the never ending good times has epic happy hour deals. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s from 4pm to 6pm there’s $5 basics (including Sailor Jerry, dry and lime HELLO). It’s guaranteed fun and frivolity.
Where: Justin Laneway, Burleigh Heads

Mecca Bah
Not only do these guys do a delicious feast they also have $5 selected drinks from 3pm to 6pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and Saturday from 3pm to 5pm. Make a night of it and stay for dinner once you’ve slayed a few beverages.
Where: 3 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach

BiN 12
BiN 12 in beautiful Burleigh graces you with a happy hour every Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm – perfect for after works knock offs. In other exciting news, they also offer a Taco Tuesday deal with some of the most delicious tacos on the Coast for just $6. Race ya.
Where: James Street, Burleigh Heads

Harry’s Steak Bistro & Bar
Make a date with Harry on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2pm until 5pm with drink and food specials that’ll absolutely make your weekend. It’s called Harry’s Hour and we like the way he thinks. Everything there is exceptional so do yourself a favour.
Where: 1744 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

Elephant Rock Café
Keen for a frosty cold beverage and one of the best views in town? Same. Head down to Elephant Rock Café in Currumbin overlooking the ocean and with $5 wine and beers and $10 nibbles on Friday’s from 4 to 6pm. Happy days.
Where: 776 Pacific Pde, Currumbin

Words by Kirra Smith

10 spots for Tuesday cheap eats

Salts Meat Cheese

Making it through Monday definitely deserves a celebratory dinner but, because there’s still a whole week to get through, better make it a cheap one.

Here’s 10 spots to eat a tasty Tuesday dinner that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

NORTH GC

  • The Southport Yacht Club: Right on the water, this lovely little place offers a chicken parmi with chips and salad for just $12.90. Gobble that up while ogling all the fancy yachts floating about nearby. At 1 Macarthur Parade, Main Beach
  • Brooklyn Depot: If you’re keen to party on a Tuesday eve, Brooklyn Depots’ Frat Tuesday’s are where it’s at. Grab yourself $1 Wings all night long as well as unlimited fries with every side AND there are board games on every table and plenty more fun to be had. At The 4217, Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise
  • Salt Meats Cheese: Ever seen pasta prepared in a cheese wheel? Well now you can thanks to Salt Meats Cheese. These legends offer $25 Truffle Cheese Wheel Pasta for your tasting and viewing pleasure. At The 4217, Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise
  • Stingray Lounge: Stop it Stingray Lounge. These colourful characters are all about tacos on a Tuesday and can grab yourself a few for just $3 a pop. Yep, that’s as good as it gets. At QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise

MID GC

  • MexiCali: Perched high above Nobby’s, MexiCali, has epic tacos for the encourage-you-to-overindulge price of just $5 each. At 2223 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
  • Sway Contemporary Thai: Sway Contemporary Thai brings you a selection of stir-fry’s every Tuesday night for $15. It’s Burleigh’s hidden gem, go check it out. At Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade, Burleigh Heads
Beach Burrito

SOUTH GC

  • Currumbin Beach Vikings: Currumbin Beach Vikings, perched right above the sea, offers two for one meals on a Tuesday night from 5pm. Really, it’s three for one if you include that crazy view. At 741 Pacific Pde, Currumbin
  • BiN 72: Keeping it in the family is BiN 72 in Coolangatta also serving up $6 gourmet tacos for our southern friends. Bonus: you can people watch and listen to the crashing waves while scoffing tacos. Yes. At The Strand, 72-80 Marine Pde, Coolangatta
  • baskk at Kirra Point: If you haven’t been to the breezy, beachside newbie that is baskk at Kirra Point, here’s the motivation you need. On Tuesday’s they offer $10 share plates and be warned, you’ll want to try them all. At 52-58 Marine Pde, Coolangatta.
  • Beach Burrito Coolangatta: You guessed it, it’s taco Tuesday at Beach Burrito in Coolangatta. Get yourself $3 tacos from their super long list and wander across the road to enjoy them by the beach. At 72-80 Marine Pde, Coolangatta

Words by Kirra Smith

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