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Gogovore: Cheap Eats Sydney

Eat like a local in Sydney without breaking the bank.

Chinese Noodle Restaurant

The ultimate in authentic no-frills Chinese cheapies, this spot serves amazing specialties like steamed pork-and-chive dumplings and wonderfully chewy Xinjiang noodles, among many others. BYO is only $1, and portions and quality are as good as anything the city has to offer....

Red Chilli Hotpot Restaurant

For those looking to dine on huoguo in Sydney (that is, the fiendishly spicy pot of cook-your-own boiling oil with meat, vegetables, and savories) Red Chilli in Glebe should be considered a first stop. Deservedly popular with Chinese diners, you can pick your specific level of spiciness in both...

Thai On Wok

Serving Thai favorites cooked with fresh ingredients from their open kitchen on Glebe Point Road, Thai On Wok is unpretentious food done right. Lunch specials are particularly good value, but their massaman curry is outstanding any time.

Franks Pizza Bar

Located in a what appears to be an old converted garage, Frank's represents the holy grail in Sydney dining: good food, served without attitude, at a reasonable price. The space is lovely, the staff are friendly, and the pizza (I prefer the Capricciosa) is reliably tasty. It's BYO (no charge), and a...

Sea Bay Restaurant

Fried pork dumplings, rich beef soup, and other Chinese specialties (from the handmade noodles of the north to the Uighur flatbread of the far western provinces) are what Seabay does, and they do it well. Though there may sometimes be a wait for tables, this tasty and affordable spot is a regular...

The Old Fitzroy Hotel

Arguably Sydney's best "classic" pub experience, the chilled-out, congenial Old Fitzroy does decent meals and has a host of good beers on tap. More surprising, however, is the theatre space in the basement, in which they put on regular productions.

Don Don

With its excellent food, good prices, and fine Oxford St. location, Don Don is appropriately popular. Dinnertime on weekends (and some weeknights) will likely mean a short wait for a table in the small dining area, but it's well worth it for the fine donburi bowls (I favor the salmon sashimi),...

The Lansdowne

***UPDATE: After having closed for months due to a fire, the reopened Landsdowne resto is no longer the budget dining deal it once was.The bar remains a decent place to chill out, however.*** With their cheap drinks, cheap bar snacks and meals, and down-at-the-heels ambiance, the Lansdowne...

Different Drummer Bar

This bar-restaurant with a tapas orientation and loads of cool should be considered a first-choice in Glebe for a happy-hour cocktail, when their heavy-handed mixes are two-for-one. There's always great music playing and bar staff are wonderful.

ZanziBar Newtown

An oasis in the concrete jungle of Newtown, Zanzibar's yucca-fringed rooftop is an excellent place for drinks in-season, whether on a warm afternoon or a balmy evening. Among the best of this neighborhood's rooftop cocktail spots.