Did you know Gatlinburg is the pancake capital of the South? The cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN are famous for three things:
- The incredible natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains
- An amazing variety of family attractions
Yes, pancakes are serious business in the Smokies. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg may have the highest concentration of pancake houses per square mile of anywhere in the country! This fierce flapjack competition has really raised the bar for hotcakes in Sevier County, and the results have been phenomenal.
With so many great restaurants to choose from, deciding where to go out for breakfast during your vacation can feel like an overwhelming task. Stop by one of these restaurants for breakfast and you’ll some of the best pancakes in the South.
1. Pancake Pantry
Since 1960 when the Pancake Pantry became Tennessee’s first pancake house, visitors to Gatlinburg have made dining with us a tradition. What keeps them coming back? It’s the real butter, the honest-to-goodness fresh whipped cream and everything made from scratch. And it’s also the warm atmosphere of century-old brick, rich oak and rustic copper.
Becoming a tradition requires a special quality, a commitment to excellence, a willingness to experiment, test and develop new dishes for your pleasure and delight, while retaining the favorites from years past.
628 Parkway • Gatlinburg, TN 37738
2. Log Cabin Pancake House
A top secret sauce is the signature of the Log Cabin Pancake House. The recipe for their special Royale Sauce is such a top secret, only three people are entrusted with it. The cream-cheese based sauce is heaven poured on top of their mouth-watering French Toast Royale.
Pour it over an order of silver dollar pancakes for a delightful change from the standard maple flavors. Log Cabin Cornmeal Pancakes, and the Pancake Royale (topped with banana wedges and a cream cheese sauce). It’s easy to see why the Log Cabin is one of the top destinations for pancakes in Gatlinburg!
4235 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
327 Historic Nature Trl, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
3. Sawyer’s Farmhouse Restaurant
Sawyer’s Farmhouse Restaurant also serves some of the very best pancakes in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Despite only having opened in 2014, this restaurant has quickly established itself as one of the top breakfast spots in the Smokies. What sets Sawyer’s apart from the rest is their delicious homemade syrups. The peanut butter syrup, in particular, is absolutely incredible!
2831 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
4. Crockett’s Breakfast Camp
Crockett’s Breakfast Camp is another relative newcomer who has taken the Smoky Mountain restaurant scene by storm. With its rustic interior and fun mountain atmosphere, Crockett’s is a great place for breakfast with the whole family. Instead of ordinary pancakes, this restaurant makes delicious “griddle cakes” that are extra large and extra thick. Highlights of the menu include the Cinnamon Roll Swirl Pancakes and the Hogs in a Blanket Pancakes.
1103 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
5. Reagan’s House of Pancakes
If you’ve got a mighty appetite, you can’t go wrong with Reagan’s House of Pancakes! This hometown favorite is famous for its excellent breakfast buffet. Featuring pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, and made-to-order eggs, this buffet never disappoints. Reagan’s also has an expansive menu with a variety of great pancakes in case you’re not in the mood for a buffet. With two locations on the Pigeon Forge Parkway, you’ll never be far from a Reagan’s location.
2820 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863