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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, 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 a few local favorites to satisfy that pancake craving – whether you prefer traditional buttermilk or crave a more sugary treat.

A stack of pancakes with a pat of butter on top, sitting on a white plate and a red and white tablecloth.

Pancake Pantry

Tennessee’s very first pancake house, The Pancake Pantry, opened in 1960.  They haven’t stopped serving all-day breakfasts since.  This family-owned tradition boasts to make everything from scratch.  They always use real butter and whipped cream.

Among 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. And the taste?  Like warm apple cider.  After cooking, the pancakes are smothered in real whipped cream and powdered sugar.

For a healthier option, the menu also includes whole-wheat pancakes.

Atrium Pancakes

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.  Each pancake is oven baked with fresh apple slices and brown sugar.

Log Cabin Pancake House

The Log Cabin Pancake House says that stepping into the restaurant is like taking a step back in time.  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.

Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin

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. Then, they’re topped with confectioner’s sugar and more chocolate treats.

Or, for local flavor, try the Southern Pecan Pancakes.  These are golden brown pancakes stuffed with Southern Pecans and topped with confectioner’s sugar.

The sticky buns are Flapjacks will be sure to satisfy even the sweetest sweet tooth.

Sawyer’s Breakfast Camp

A local favorite, Crockett’s Breakfast Camp needs to be on your list.  These super thick pancakes are served a variety of ways.  Try the Hogs in a Blanket – sausage links wrapped in pancakes served with two eggs.

The Buckwheat fruit and nut pancakes are served with house made granola and fruit.

Southern pecans, wild berry compote, and candied apples with white raisins are just a few of the toppings available.


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

Be sure to check out all of our vacation guides for planning your Smoky Mountain getaway.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest area information!

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