The Age Good Food Under $30 guide

The latest 2013 edition of The Age Good Food Under $30, formerly The Age Cheap Eats.
The latest 2013 edition of The Age Good Food Under $30, formerly The Age Cheap Eats.

Yes, it’s Cheap Eats, with a new name. Good Food Under $30 brings the guide-formerly-known-as into the family fold with our other ‘good guides’, including the Good Cafe GuideGood Bar Guide, and our flagship, Good Food Guide. It also links this book with our website, and the weekly review column in Epicure, in Tuesday’s Age.

While we may look trimmer (having dropped a size), we can still put plenty away. Good Food Under $30 includes the same great content as Cheap Eats: more than 500 reviews plus '10 Top ...' lists. 

At every one of the 500-plus places profiled, you can eat well – two courses or a number of share-plates – for less than $30. As usual, each place has been visited anonymously and reviewed afresh. As well as finding more than 150 new places, we discovered:top-notch street food from around the world taking over the streets; hello to Wonderbao, Huxtaburger, Phat Brats, Roll’d, Los Latinos, Radio Mexico and Chingon a throw back to jaffles, and pulled-pork and steak sangas that you can’t top pizza as a great under-$30 eating option, with six new pizza specialists … and counting.

Among the guide’s features, there’s: a brand new takeaway chapter that profiles more than 50 excellent to-go options'10 Top ...' lists that include: coffee spots, bars, bakeries, pubs, kid-friendly cafes, international breakfasts and vegetarian options five country chapters, with 80-plus very good reasons to skip the city – all of them food-related.

While this year the guide shifts its focus slightly to dinner options, there are still hundreds of daytime cafes for the best breakfasts and lunches – proving that, when it comes to comprehensive coverage of the city’s cheap eats, some things never change. 

Simone Egger & Nina Rousseau

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