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Mango Jam

Just lately we have been testing out pizza in Macrossan Street. We look at a lot of things but also the price of the wine. In this case, Angove Studio Series-Shiraz, was excellent for $29.
Wood fired pizza is offered in two sizes at reasonable prices.
24 Macrossan Street

Central Hotel - 9 Macrossan Street

Lunch on a hot November day.
Sea food platter - $27
Calamari - $18
Pinot Gris - $39
It was OK, the platter was a lot better than the Calamari. This is Pub grub with an over-priced wine.

Lunch in the Park for two - $15.65

Free BBQ

Coles - Prawn Skewers $7.20,  French Stick $1.70 Iceberg Lettuce $1.00

Lunch in the Park for two - $15.65

cheap eats Port Douglas


Old Favourite - Salsa Bar & Grill

Probably the most patronised restaurant in Port Douglas whose history dates back to the early '80's when it was called "Danny's".
Atmosphere, value, service, quality all rate highly.

Salsa Bar & Grill 26 Wharf Street Port Douglas
Phone: 4099 4922

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Confused? Me too.

Sassi's Cucina
4 Macrossan Street
Sassi's has been one of our favourite restaurants for some time.
What is confusing though is most of it is on the footpath and there are two parts?
One part is the restaurant and one part is the "I don't know".
At one part you can buy a carafe of house wine and the other part you can't have house wine unless it is in a glass and part of a special. All this on the public footpath?
The food was good:

The confusion at the till wasn't.

Trying to make our visitors more comfortable.


COURIER MAIL TOP 100 Food Experiences

Of all the restaurants and eateries in Queensland, 100 were selected by the Courier Mail for a newspaper supplement and their responsive website. Great graphics and a QR code to get you onto the website.
Un-believably the Douglas Shire gets 3 mentions:
Mossman Markets - fresh tucker
Kuku Yalanji Heritage Cultural Tours - bush tucker
Harrisons - flash tucker
Courtesy of Cheap Eats Port Douglas


STAR of SIAM, 12 Macrossan Street Port Douglas

As Port Douglas frequent diners we are on the lookout for value. BYO, Bring Your Own wine, beer or spirits is not overdone in Port Douglas  and that is a pity because it can cut your dining bill in half.
The service in the Star of Siam is provided by people deeply connected with the restaurant. Our Thai hostess had us seated in moments with white wine glasses and an ice bucket  for our BYO white wine.
That was an excellent start and I am not sure that any restaurant in Port Douglas could match it.

We had some Salt & Pepper Squid, Mongolian Beef and deep fried King Prawns for Lunch and absolutely loved it.

This Restaurant stacks up well with any other eatery in Port Douglas
Our Bill $57
Where is it?
12 Macrossan Street
Port Douglas
Phone: 4099 6912

Keeping our diners happy.

Port Sushi & Izakaya

23 Macrossan Street (opp Saltwater Building)

Dishes from $3.50 to $5.50
No corkage
Excellent low cost and healthy dining.

Keeping our visitors happy Port Douglas Cheap Eats Website .

AQUA Pullman Sea Temple Resort

AQUA - Pullman Sea Temple is where Roy Weavers and Sarah Cullen interviewed Jim Wallace for the Port Douglas magazine article about the early days of Quicksilver. The finished article makes interesting reading and by coincidence our spin on Quicksilver's influence on Australian shipbuilding was included in the Port Douglas & Daintree Discovery Guide app in 2011.

Back to the AQUA Restaurant. Having not dined there previously we tried it out. It is a long way out of town and a long way from the Macrossan Street Restaurant Strip. It was not very busy. Part of the restaurant was set up for a wedding reception later in the day.  The setting is stunning and we settled in ordering two battered Spanish Mackerel $28 each, one Bruschetta $12 and a bottle of  Chardonnay $33 or $101 for lunch.

I knew that Jim was a great Fish and Chips man and i was interested as to why the magazine article interview was done at AQUA?  The fish and chips were excellent, the venue quiet, and I guess the ma…


What could be better than a seafood shop next to a park? Seashells Seafood are at 11 Grant Street opposite Rotary Park in the middle of Port Douglas.
We had some of the daily cooked prawns, homemade seafood sauce and  a cracking cold Pinot Grigio from home.
Prawns $11
Seafood sauce $2
Gossips Pinot Grigio $3.90
Seashells Seafoods
11 Grant Street, Port Douglas
Phone: 40994960

Promoting sensible dining in Port Douglas.

The Port Douglas & District Combined Clubs - on the waterfront.

The new extensions are a surprise when you first see them.   They are tasteful and I am looking forward to spending some time there.

Dining is still on the deck overlooking Dickson's Inlet and the mountains beyond giving one of the best outlooks of any Port Douglas eatery.
We had a Fisherman's Basket and the Fish and Chips with the Rothbury Chardonnay for about $70 all up.


Cyclone Sally's Burger, Bar & Grill (2)

We had been looking forward to dining in this new quirky restaurant where Fins used to be. I thought the landlord would be happy to have a tenant and to see a new dining concept introduced to Port Douglas would be a good idea. I was somewhat puzzled by the concept and after lunching there yesterday I still am.
The walk up from the underground car-park next to Zinc was far from inviting but we pushed on to Cyclone Sally”s and entered the restaurant. One thing that puzzled us on the outside menu was the cost of the tap wine. Tap wine has made it’s way into southern eateries providing good quality wine wine cheaply to patrons and owners alike. A win win situation if I ever saw one. Tap wine is bought by the glass, 1/2 carafe (500 ml) or carafe (1000 ml). 500 ml carafes are common at one of our leading restaurants and we enjoy them with lunch immensely at $13 per. The same size carafe at Cyclone Sally’s is $30 per. That’s right $30 for 500 ml of non-bottled wine.

Back to lunch. We had delibe…

Pizza In The Park (2)

In keeping with our cheap eats program for visitors to Port Douglas:
Pizzas $7.95 & $7.10
Wine $4 & $14
Cheap Eats Port Douglas for more ideas.


Seafood Lunch

2FISH 56 Macrossan Street Port Douglas

Local prawns on baked Cabatta $18
Calamari $18
House White $32
5 stars

What a wonderful place to watch the people go by on a day when Macrossan Street was buzzing with activity.
We are not into the tourist season proper and yet there were lots of people enjoying the various dining experiences on offer in Macrossan Street. All this was on a Tuesday on a not brilliant day with the odd shower and lots of wind. 

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First Tap wine in Port Douglas

free wifi

Sides, Bar Snacks & Gap Fillers
Sally's hand crafted burgers
Sally's sliders
Sally's grilled bits
Side salads

Portico Building

Shop 17 / 53 Macrossan Street

(previously Finns)
free ad from port douglas websites .

Reef Marina - Lure Restaurant & Bar

Black Pudding, Smoked Salmon and poached eggs with fried capers. $15
Salmon Bruschetta, poached eggs topped with dill hollandaise sauce. $15

Tasted as good as it looked.

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Sassi CUCINA E BAR - Spuntini

Spuntini = Tapas
We normally save Sassi's for special occasions because of the wine prices.  When friends found they had house wine by the carafe for $13 we went to investigate.
House white and house red half carafe for $13
TASTE SENSATION The house white is a very good Pinot Grigio and when combined with the sardines it is a knock out.
Other Spuntini we had were:
Pizza Bianca with olives, Baccala Mantecato, Polpette al Limone, Arancini
Sambuca sausage flambe.

2 Macrossan Street Port Douglas

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Combined Clubs

We heard the rumours and saw the publicity.
So we went.
The Caesar Salad and prawns and Calamari tasted good.
Presentation and service not good enough and not a smiling face anywhere.
The Calamari strips were in one lump on top of some limp fries. 
No finger bowls and no bowls to put the prawn shells in.
The rumours were right.



Sunday 10 may 2015
3pm - Carlton V Brisbane
on screen at Rattle & Hum
38 Macrossan Street

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A cheaper dining option

On these beautiful days try a picnic in the park.
Several of our parks have electric Bar B Q's (see the free stuff on the Keys to Port Douglas) and most have picnic tables or lovely grassed areas to use.
Our lunch yesterday consisted of hamburgers, salad, chipolatas and Warburn Estate Gossips Cabernet Sauvignon. At about $4.50 per is perfect...... 

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Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Children's Dining in Port Douglas

Port Douglas has holiday makers in mind with children's meals being available at reduced prices or even free for early diners. This of course suits a family on holiday and suits dining patrons without children at later seatings.
See the Port Douglas Cheap Eats App >
Dining with our daughter and grandchildren on Easter Sunday we were delighted to see a children's menu at the Surf Club. Offered to children were delights such as Sushi and a Chicken Wrap all at about half the price of an adult serve.

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St Patricks Day at Paddy's Irish Pub & Grill

What a good combination, St Patricks Day and an Irish Pub in Port Douglas.
A pint of Guiness, a bottle of Shiraz and Pinot Grigio luricated the Irish Stew and Guiness Pie very nicely.
Good Irish feel with the music and decore.
8 Macrossan Street.

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Mango Jam opens up again

10% off
Mango Jam has opened up again and is offering 10% off food & beverage when you next dine there.
Pick up the discount card at "information centres" around town.
24 Macrossan Street
Phone: 4099 4611

Photo: Port Douglas Cheap Eats

More Cheap Eats

This offer is one of the best that we have seen. For the month of February kids eat for free every day. Conditions apply - see store for details.
The Hogs Breath Cafe is at the Bally Hooley Station at Reef Marina.

Brought to you by Port Douglas Cheap Eats

Pizza in the Park

In line with presenting Port Douglas as a place anyone can afford to visit we tried some pizza in the park:

Domino's Americana $4.95 Gossip's Cabernet Sauvignon $3.95
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Port Douglas Cheap Eats goes live..........

Cheap eats Port Douglas community website app goes live and we are calling on those cafes and restaurants that made the cut to enhance their listings to help pay for the app. All it takes is a $1 per week.
A representative from Cheap Eats today remarks: "We do not get paid for making Port Douglas a good place for visitors to come to. Just one restaurant could make a big difference for just $1 per week."

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Cheap Eats - Web Dining Guide - Port Douglas

Under construction is a cheap eats web dining guide for Port Douglas. It does not have to be expensive to dine well in Port Douglas as this guide will show.
see it at:

Cafe Ziva

Cafe Ziva at 20 Macrossan Street Port Douglas
This is a busy little Cafe around breakfast time. Cooffee was good, breakfast was OK.