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.
Cuisine Type: Homemade ice cream and diner food
Established: Before 1950
Reservations: Not offered
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Homemade ice cream
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Be prepared for generous servings of ice cream.
What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?
We love providing our customers with generous portions of hand-crafted ice cream.
Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem?not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?
There are several. Our hot Virginia ham would probably be the most common.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We are a '50s-era-style diner. We have been making our own top quality ice cream since 1948. We also offer diner-style food like hamburgers and french fries. We have a signature hot Virginia ham sandwich that has been a customer favorite since 1948. We also offer a rib eye steak sandwich, fish tail sandwich, and homemade soups.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We also roast fresh peanuts and cashews daily, and we sell delicious Ben Heggy's chocolates.
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