Tee Jaye's founders began preparing homestyle meals in 1970, a venture that spawned a string of 24-hour diners stuffed with delicious country fare. An egg-centric medley of dishes graces the all-day breakfast menu, with options such as the barnyard buster ($5.10)—two biscuits, two eggs, and country fries wallowing in a puddle of Tee Jaye's famous sausage gravy—and the sunshine sandwich ($6.95), grilled sourdough trapped under stacks of cheddar, swiss, ham, scrambled eggs, and hash browns. Turn to the lunch-and-dinner menu to find the answer to the sphinx's riddle ("sweet tea") as well as a spread of classic country-kitchen eats, including the chicken-fried chicken ($8.25), homemade meatloaf and dressing ($7.75), and Granny's grandburger ($7.95), a half-pound beef patty served with fries and a choice of three toppings. A tot-thrilling kids' menu ($2.49/breakfast; $3.49/lunch and dinner) and a crisp collection of summer flatbreads ($6.95+) round out the restaurant's dining selections.
As a member of the Project Main Street initiative to provide employment and job training for needy Newark community members, Sparta Restaurant & Coffee Shop embraces their local community. Located in a historic diner in downtown Newark, the interior makes it easy to imagine couples from the 1940's huddled into the rich leather booths with coffee and sandwiches. Beneath the pressed tin ceilings, pots of fresh-brewed, direct-trade Central American coffee circulate tables each day, where diners study a breakfast and lunch menu filled with classic breakfast selections, chicken and waffles, and burgers and sandwiches, and salads. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available, along with fruit smoothies and an espresso bar.
Operating as part of a family of restaurants that includes The Grill's Chophouse and Pappy's Grill, the Grill on 21st Street sets itself apart from its kin by featuring two different bars and a spread of hearty American food. Inside the spacious dining room, visitors fan out on game day or any day to nosh burgers and wings amid a collection of flat screen TVs. Live entertainment frequently ups the restaurant's already festive vibe, as do karaoke nights and daily drink specials.