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Cheap eats

You don't need a stash of cash to eat well in Melbourne. Cheap eats have long been part of the city's dining scene and there are plenty of places to treat your tastebuds without stretching the credit.

Discover the local favourites keeping students and cheap dates alive.

For cheap and tasty Asian food, try restaurants and supermarkets on Victoria Street, Richmond. Go west for affordable pho, budget-friendly African food and great produce in Footscray.

Choose a cheap eatery on Little Bourke Street, Chinatown, or scout surrounding Russell, Swanston and Bourke streets for student haunts dishing up Indian, Malaysian, Korean, Japanese and more.

Sniff out affordable lunch specials at Melbourne's top restaurants or pull up a bar stool for pub grub deals. Further out, tuck into excellent yum cha and other affordable Chinese feasts in Box Hill.

Feast for next to nothing with a trip to the deli halls of Melbourne's favourite produce markets. Join the locals queuing for kranskys at Queen Victoria Market and dim sims at South Melbourne Market, or get budget bites from food trucks at a hipster hangout near you.

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Trunk Diner

The first bite of Trunk Diner's cheeseburger-and-apple-pie goodness brings back memories of diners from across the USA, right here in Melbourne.

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Pellegrini's

Do your bit to ensure Pellegrini's gets to its centenary as it's a known fact Melbourne would be poorer without its charm and comforting Italian food.

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Shandong Mama

Try the mackerel and 'Melbourne' dumplings at this unpretentious family-run dumpling house specialising in cuisine from eastern China's Shandong province.

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8bit

Unlock the next level of indulgence and put the 8bit team's claim to make Melbourne's finest hamburgers, milkshakes, fries and hotdogs to the test.

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HuTong Dumpling House

Linger long enough at HuTong to give your scalding xiao long bao meat and soup dumplings time to cool, scoffing the rest of the menu while you wait.

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Paco's Tacos

Pay just a few pesos and take your pick from a razzle dazzle line up of soft shell tacos or delish bar snacks from the hombres who brought you MoVida.

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Huxtaburger

If you reckon less is more in the burger kingdom, look no further than Huxtaburger, where five tasty burgers, crinkle cut chips and cans of beer rule.

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Rockwell and Sons

Visit an upmarket diner that matches fine dining with the best of American fast food goodness. Book ahead for the weekly fried chicken dinner.

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I Love Pho 264

You're not really supposed to eat pho beyond breakfast o'clock, but the aromatic broth fits the bill just as well at lunch and dinner, too.

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Mukka

Mukka is an Indian restaurant in Fitzroy with the philosophy of keeping things simple and creating fresh and traditional dishes that showcase the...

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Meatmother

Meat lovers unite at Meatmother – a celebration of all things carnivorous and the smokin' joint that kicked off the American BBQ craze in Melbourne.

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Naked for Satan

Fill a plate with pintxos (tapas-style morsels), order a house-infused vodka cocktail and tally your toothpicks at the end of the night for the bill.

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Tokyo Tina

Check out Hanoi Hannah's youngest sibling for contemporary Japanese cuisine with added Korean flavour and a whole host of accompanying tipples.

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Acland Street Cantina

Kick start your day with a single origin brew and breakfast tortilla or swing by after the daily grind for gluten-free pizza and house red.

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Colonel Tan's

Arrange an introduction to Revolver's Colonel Tan and experience the combination of US diner charm, zinging Thai-pop flavours and skinny jean rock.

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Radio Mexico

Turn up your radio, 'cause you're gonna like what you're about to hear. Fresh. Healthy. Tasty. Democratic. Goes great with beer. It's Radio Mexico!

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Fonda Windsor

Start your evening upstairs at Fonda's Atico Bar, or enjoy reimagined Mexican faves while you watch Chapel Street go by from behind the picket fence.

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