Gatlinburg: The hidden pancake capital of the south

Breakfast lovers unite! Why would anybody eat anything else? Especially the king of breakfast foods, pancakes? It’s cake! For breakfast! And who knew that Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the Smoky Mountain home for family-friendly and romantic getaways, also boasts tons of pancake houses? If you’re visiting historic Gatlinburg, or nearby Pigeon Forge, there’s a pancake waiting for you. Here are four local favorites that fix that pancake craving, whether you prefer traditional buttermilk or crave a more sugary treat.

1. Tennessee’s very first pancake house, The Pancake Pantry, opened in 1960 and hasn’t stopped serving all-day breakfasts since. This family-owned tradition boasts to make everything from scratch, and they always use real butter and whip cream. Amongst their 24 different varieties of pancakes, they offer specialty pancakes such as the Austrian Apple-Walnut Pancakes. These serious pancakes are made from a mix of melted butter, black walnuts, apples, and sweet spices that tastes like warm apple cider. After cooking, the pancakes are smothered in real whip cream and powdered sugar. For a healthier option, the menu also includes whole-wheat pancakes.

2.  Atrium Pancakes, in addition to serving legendary homemade syrup, was once profiled on the Food Network. Of their 25 varieties of pancakes, Taste of Home magazine chose to feature the Baked Apple Pancakes. This sweet delicacy takes fifteen minutes to prepare since each pancake is oven baked with fresh apple slices and brown sugar.

3. The Log Cabin Pancake House says that stepping into the restaurant is like taking a step back in time to when “life was simpler, meats were hearty, and the people were friendly and sincere in their willingness to be helpful to those they met.” Peruse their bursting menu of “Special Treat Pancakes” to find almost any fruit or sweet syrup topping imaginable.

4. Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin makes their pancakes from scratch daily, including the chocolate-lover’s favorite, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Chip and Chocolate Chip Pancakes.  These fluffy pancakes are filled with chocolate and candy morsels, and then topped with confectioner’s sugar and more chocolate treats. Or, for local flavor, try the Southern Pecan Pancakes, golden brown pancakes stuffed with Southern Pecans and topped with confectioner’s sugar.

Now that your stomach is growling, next time you visit Gatlinburg, make sure to dine at one (or more!) of the delicious pancake havens. Ignore the calorie counts and indulge yourself!

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