Tribute Cafes

Our Main Location is in the Halls/Crossroads community of North Knoxville at 4620 Maynardville Pike. We are open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 am until 7 pm, serving lunch and dinner. 
Our Marina Location is open May until September and is located at Fox Road Marina in Farragut, TN on beautiful Lake Loudon in West Knoxville. We are open Thursday - Sunday from 11:30 am until 8:00 pm. (Subject to change). 



Our Story

Smilin’ Jack’s Cafe is an authentic tribute cafe that is proudly serving food that got its roots in the South and its heart from my Dad, Smilin’ Jack. My girls and I have put together the menu from our own story- things we love to eat, drink and enjoy around a big family table. Daddy did family meals right- and we continue his tradition serving  high-quality food for all those that wish to combine fun and enjoyable ambiance with skillful cooking into one extraordinary dining experience. Scroll down to learn more about us.



Food for Every Mood



The Perfect Choice

From soup to dessert, we’ve got you covered. We are three generations that enjoy making hungry people happy. My Daddy was an amazing cook, one with a celebrity smile and a personality that lit up every room he entered. His language of love was food and we bring that same dedication to the table every single day just for you. 



When the leaves in Tennessee start to turn color, we break out the soup pot and the old family recipes.  Simple yet delicious offerings served daily. Ask us about today’s rotating selection.

Jack’s Chili 
Creamy Potato  
Poor Man’s Soup 
Creamy Tomato Basil 
Chicken and Dumplings 
Spicy Black Bean 
Jalapeño, Chicken & Sweet Corn 
Mimi’s Chicken Noodle
Italian Sausage and Tortellini With Spinach



With our passion to please, we’ve managed to put a new spin on an old classic. Daddy had a nickname for everyone he loved, and we’ve continued that tradition with our menu selections as well.  Simplicity is the name of the game: we use fresh ingredients and offer a variety of extras on the side. Are you ready for this culinary sensation?

Brunch in Parris
Roast turkey sliced thin, bacon and avocado with melted cheese. 

Fresh bread with roasted turkey, cranberries, melted white cheese, sliced apples with blackberry jam. 

Handsome Harry
Classic Chicken cordon bleu panini. Enough said because it’s to die for. 

Austi Bosti Jalapeño Peach Panini 
A serious combination of amazing flavors. Your new obsession. 

Little Red Hen Panini
Our Housemade chicken salad is gluten free and amazing. Try it on one of our freshly baked bread selections. 

No. 5
Roast beef, mozzarella, strawberry jam and our Housemade wicked pickles. 

Hard Rock Pimento Cheese
All of our Housemade goodness with pimento cheese, crisp bacon and fresh tomato slices on your choice of bread. 

The Sparks Italian Classic
Pepperoni, salami, mozzarella, fresh tomato, banana peppers and lettuce is perfectly steamed on our own six inch soft white hoagie with Italian dressing. 

Dawnie Marie
Housemade tuna salad with Swiss, avocado and romaine and just a tad of fresh lemon juice. 

E Dub Burger
Our Southern hamburger served with your choice of toppings. It’s 100% all black angus on a brioche roll that is steamed so you know it’s gonna be great!

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Served All Day

Many places have their own take on this category, but we’re confident that ours is the best, always prepared to perfection with a creative spin.  Why?  Because our youngest two girls are the master mixers of all things liquid. So whether it’s a Sparks Red Bull Slushy or a Pixie Pie Peanut Butter Milkshake, —you’ll enjoy every last sip. 



Our sides are a bit different and delish....have them with your Panini or take them home for the family. Either way, you will love our family favorites made with the freshest ingredients. 

Little Red’s Chicken Salad
Bacon Pea Salad
Mexican Corn DipHouse Made Pimento Cheese
Wicked Pickles
Ask about Today’s Selections!



Single servings or Take-Home to Table $4 and $4.50
Whole  desserts- $16-$26

Rotation includes:Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies, Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bakes, Coconut Cream Pie, Peanut Butter Pie, Key Lime Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie,
Louie’s Coconut Cake, Southern Banana Pudding, Matilda’s Triple Layer Chocolate Cake,                             Housemade Cream Pies, Apple and Cherry Hand Pies and Wedding Cake Cupcakes

To learn more about our menu and what we can do for you—get in touch.



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4620 Mill Branch Lane, Knoxville, TN 37938, USA


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Tuesday  - Saturday from 11:00 AM-7:00PM

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