Brekkie for a Tenner

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and supper like a pauper!”

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s become a popular catch up time for friends to meet, especially on the weekend.

But if there’s a trend emerging already in 2018 it’s that some breakfast prices have risen dramatically in popular cafes, some costing well over the $20 mark.

If you’re sporting a pauper’s budget but still want to eat like a king, where can you get a value brekkie? Giving an honourable mention to the ‘half-serve’ smashed avo at Bumbles, here’s our list of places where you can still buy breakfast for $10 or under (and not just toast):

Alfred’s Diner 2389 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach Ph: 5575 2001

Rock in off the beach to this Mermaid Beach hangout for some fine eating that doesn’t bust the budget. Call in for Dogs (standard, American or vegan) for between $7 – $10 or their brekkies of Toasted muesli with yoghurt and seasonal fruit or Sourdough toast with avocado and dukkah are both only $10.

Alfred’s famous Breakfast burrito stuffed with egg, bacon, diced tomatoes, spinach, cheese, relish and aioli is just a couple of dollars more. And they’re licensed. Shhhh!

Black Lime Café 145 Pappas Way, Carrara Ph: 5596 0823

Black Lime Café, on the low side of Pappas Way, is a great place for food to go or a quiet place to dine in. It’s become a popular tradie haunt and, while the dish is hardly gourmet, you can get in a $5 brekkie roll and a mug of coffee for under $10. Eggs on toast, either poached, scrambled or fried, are $8, with bacon or avo for an extra $2 and a hash brown for $1. There’s plenty of parking just in front.

Black Sheep Bistro 108 Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford Ph: 5556 0909

This Northern Gold Coast bistro’s menu is full of great food at different price points. The $10 flat rate menu offers five options for $10: Free-range eggs with relish on chargrilled ciabatta, Bacon and egg burger, Roast pumpkin and feta bruschetta, Freshly sliced mango with homemade muesli and chia coconut yoghurt, and Buckwheat and banana pancake. How could you go wrong!

Caffe Republic Bronberg Plaza, 62 Slatyer Ave., Bundall Ph: 5539 3060

Our favourite $10 deal at the moment is Caffe Republic’s Seasonal fruit bowl with Açai coconut whip bowl with organic raw paleo granola and açai berry coulis. This is soooo good that I could eat it every day… and it’s on our way to work. Dangerous! Except that it’s totally vegan and refined sugar free too! That means it’s guilt free!

NOTE April 2018: This dish is now $15, however Caffe Republic has several other ‘Light Bites’ under $10.

Caffeine Kings 1920 Gold Coast Highway, Miami Ph: 0412 834 130

Missing your Melbourne laneways? Then you can hang out at Caffeine Kings, a little place that has some of the best coffee in town. Their all-day menu items, almost all under $20, hold a couple of $10 deals – Bacon & Egg Burger or Poached or fried eggs on toast. And don’t forget your coffee!

Chanoyu 1/19 Alicia Street, Southport Ph: 5532 2442

Tucked away in a little nest of shops off Minnie Street, Southport, Chanoyu is home to Chef Shin Sugiyama, who’s worked in hotels and one of our most popular cafes! He’ll make you Scrambled eggs on sourdough for $10, but why not take a walk on the wild side and delve into some more adventurous cuisine: Croque Monsieur with homemade miso béchamel, bacon, tomato, cheese and shallots on sourdough for $7.50, Pork fillet sandwich – deep-fried crumbed pork fillet with Japanese BBQ sauce, cabbage and mustard mayo for $9. Even the $10 Bacon and egg roll has a free-range egg, cheese, spinach, tomato and sriracha mayo on a milk bun. That’s value!

Cooly Cafe 28 Cooly 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

It’s one of the coolest places in Cooly with views across to the ocean, the café inside the Quiksilver shop where you can shop and eat plus some. Up off the beach and wanting some cheap eats, Café 28 is a great choice. Byron Bay bircher muesli with flaked almonds and mixed berries soaked in fresh pressed apple juice and topped with yoghurt, honey and a sprig of mint is only $8.50, a vego Brekkie burrito filled with black beans, fried egg, salsa, avocado, sour cream and tasty cheese is $10.00, as are Eggs on organic toasted sourdough.

Hot Shott 3/17 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach Ph: 5532 3275

Yes, I know that I said ‘no toast’, but this is Not Just Toast, a house-baked loaf made in the kitchen of Hot Shott’s chef and co-owner Kellie Rolfe (ex-Versace). One of my favourite treats, it marks a breakfast all about quality not quantity. The loaf, laden with figs, apricots, hazelnuts and pistachios is served with ricotta cheese and orange marmalade for $9.50.

Little Mali 237 Boundary Street Coolangatta

Pull up a milk crate or do a takeaway from the tiny Little Mali on your way up from the surf at Rainbow Bay, one of our favourite beaches. Bacon & eggs are $5, Chicken pesto or Falafel wraps are $8 and Smashed avo comes in at only $9 (half the price you’ll pay in the big city)!

Nonna’s Harbourtown Shopping Centre, Cnr Gold Coast Hwy & Oxley Drive, Biggera Waters Ph: 5529 2000

If you’re tackling the big shop (Harbourtown), then why not start early and have breakfast first? There’s no beating Nonna’s special brekkie, served on a platter – Scrambled eggs, lashings of bacon and a hash brown on Turkish toast for $5.95. For fried or poached eggs, add $1. This special is served until 11am daily.

On Fire 12/17 Albert Ave Broadbeach Ph: 5539 0467

Think Broadbeach has the most expensive brekkies on the coast? Yes, the rent is expensive, but there’s also value. From Asem Othman, the originator of the $10 breakfast, who now owns On Fire, come four great options for $10: a Big Brekkie with two eggs any way, bacon, tomato, sausage and hash brown on toasted panini; BLT on panini; Bacon and eggs straight up (including GF); or a Falafel Baladi Pocket starring Asem’s sensational handmade Egyptian fava bean falafel with salad, hummus and tahini stuffed into a pocket. Man, that’s great value, and the falafel are the best we’ve tasted on the coast. Smashing it!

Randy Wallhole 4/21 Nind Street, Southport Ph: 5679 8189

Step back to the 60s in this eclectic little café tucked away on the northern side of SoPo. You’ll be invited to “say hello to a stranger (they won’t bite)…put your phone away and… join our SoPo family tree. You can afford to, with six choices for $10 or under: Bowls – Granola, Bircher muesli or fresh fruit bowls, all with natural yoghurt, fresh fruit and honey ($8.50 each), Smokey pulled beef bowl on peri mayo apple slaw ($10), the Black & yellow bagel filled with Nutella, peanut butter and pretzels for $9, or even the House salad for the same price. Stop being such a social snob and check it out!

The Pastry Emporium 90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters

Brekkie burgers on a milk bun, leg ham cheese and tomato toasties, spinach and ricotta pastries, fresh house-made panini toasted to order, the best pork and fennel sausage rolls, and chicken and leek pie – all lovingly handmade, there’s no brekkie on The Pastry Emporium’s menu that goes over our $10 price point. Get yourself down there and enjoy the atmosphere of this emerging food corner. You’ll be glad you did!

Note: Some photos supplied by eateries.