While eating my way through the Burgundy Room's menu, I was encouraged by how many crave-able items there were econo-priced (read about these racy and rich shrimp and grits here).

So why aren't any Burgundy Room goodies on my list of 13 top delicious local cheapies? Well, I wanted to concentrate on fantastic offbeat offerings from lower profile joints seriously deserving of attention (with an occasional oddball or under-the-radar wonder thrown in from well-established businesses like the Worthington Inn and the incomparable Jeni's).

So, of course, my list could include scores more of cheap champs, but the flavor-packed powerhouses described in the current Alive are all highly worth seeking out.