With all the outdoor activities to enjoy during your vacation in Gatlinburg, one thing is for sure: You will need a good, hearty breakfast to get energized and the day started right. And you have come to the right place. The Gatlinburg area is filled with plenty of old-fashioned pancake houses to leave you satisfied and ready to take in everything Gatlinburg has to offer. A family tradition for years and the most loved meal of the day, breakfast at one of the many pancake houses is the absolute best way to begin your jam-packed day, for both visitors and locals alike.
The warm, fluffy goodness we cannot get enough of starts with the batter. Though we may be used to a quick fix like Bisquik mix, the pancake houses in Gatlinburg use the real deal. They make their pancake batter from scratch with butter, flour, baking powder, milk, eggs, sugar, and salt, and then combine that with an endless amount of ingredients to create sweet or savory pancakes. Then to make pancakes, they fry batter into round thin cakes on a griddle or hot pan, evenly cooking them on both sides, and serving them up with toppings like fruit, butter, and syrup, that can bring a smile to diners of all ages. Do as the locals do and hit up one of our favorite Gatlinburg pancake houses. Get the low down on three restaurants in the area you won’t be able to resist, because no vacation to Gatlinburg is complete without a trip to a pancake house.
The Pancake Pantry
628 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Hours: 7am – 4pm June thru October, 7am – 3pm the rest of the year
You cannot visit Gatlinburg without stopping in for a bite at The Pancake Pantry. Since 1960 they have been serving up a variety of pancakes, with all batters made from scratch, to keep customers coming back for more. People flip for their hearty portions of sweet potato pancakes, Caribbean Pancakes, Georgia Peach Crepe, or Wild Blueberry Pancakes to name a few, all served in a warm cabin-like atmosphere. Pancake Pantry has become a tradition for many diners, and popular amongst townies and Bluegreen vacationers alike, so be patient if the lines are long, because their pancakes are worth the wait.
432 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Hours: 7 am – 2 pm
Another option for your Gatlinburg pancake pleasure that won’t disappoint is Atrium Pancakes. Dine alongside a beautiful waterfall, as you feast on 25 varieties of pancakes and Belgian Waffles. Guests go nuts over their walnut or pecan hot cakes or waffles, or try something different like the Caribbean pancakes, filled and topped with sliced bananas, then covered in chopped walnuts and coconut. Indulge on the M&M’S® or chocolate covered strawberry pancakes if you are looking for something sweet or if you like to keep it simple, try one of their classics like buttermilk, apple cinnamon, and blackberry pancakes, with fresh fruit compote. The food is getting plenty of praise and the attention of the Food Network. Not to mention the Atrium Baked Apple Pancake, served with fresh slices of apples and brown sugar, was featured in Taste of Home Magazine. This pancake is definitely worth a try during a Bluegreen vacation to the Smokies.
Log Cabin Pancake House’s
327 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Hours: 7am – 2pm
Make a pit stop for some flapjack fun at either of Log Cabin Pancake House’s two locations featuring buffet style dining and some good ol’ fashion country cooking during your next Bluegreen vacation. Treat yourself to their French Toast Royale, topped with bananas and a special cream cheese sauce. Have some Butterscotch Chip pancakes, or the Parisienne Crepes to begin your day off on a tasty note.