Are cheap eats a thing
of the past?
Last week, Gourmet Traveller ‘2016 Australian
Restaurant Guide’ was out, and The Two Girls celebrated Tasmanian restaurants
lauded on the national stage.
They gave us their list
of ‘Best cheap eats’ too. FYI it included:
This list of breakfast,
lunch and snacks got The Two Girls to thinking.
And more importantly,
where are they?
Thanks to a Uni
assignment, there’s now a Facebook page that will help you eat out on
shoestring, helpfully called Cheap Eats Hobart. This Girl is inspired by its initiative
but a scroll through its posts shows Hobart’s cheap eats are limited to
takeaway, or at best, eat your takeaway in.
The Two Girls asked
around. What is this thing they call cheap eats?
generally low: not paying extra for soy milk and anything from a food van came up. There was also a view
that cheap is what you pay for, a dollar amount only. Value on the other hand,
is where the quality exceeds the price.
It seemed GT was trying to locate a place on the compass in between but cheap, good value dining out options seem few and far between. Maybe our definition of cheap and the real world are worlds apart?
If cheap eats are a thing of the past, eating out will be something only some people can do some of the time. Paying for quality is a privilege but surely it should be possible to get a wholesome meal without breaking the bank?
The Two Girls want to explore what
Hobart has to offer for dinner for $20 or less, excluding drinks, and where dining out has some restaurant aspects like for argument's sake, the entire menu is
not from a bain marie.
The Two Girls are on
the hunt for a cheap value eat where:
- the meals tick the boxes: filling, tasty
and the plating up is aesthetically pleasing
- the main is served with
some ethics, like free-range chicken, eggs and pork, and local produce and
- there's a modicum of comfort: you can sit down, alcohol is available or you can BYO, and the service is affable.
If there’s somewhere you
think we should blog about, let us know.
Watch for our future Cheap Eats posts.
your cheap eats tip?