Where to Find the Best Breakfast in Gatlinburg, TN

If you are visiting the Smoky Mountain area, you don’t want to skip the most important meal of the day. A great breakfast can get your day started on the right foot.

I’m sharing the best places to go for fluffy pancakes and more in Gatlinburg and beyond for the whole family.

There are several restaurants serving breakfast within walking distance of Gatlinburg’s downtown shops that you can visit before exploring the other local attractions and hidden gems in the area.

The Strip in Downtown Gatlinburg TN

Several of the restaurants in Gatlinburg serve breakfast all day, which is perfect for anyone who isn’t an early riser.

Many of the restaurants also have fresh eggs, country ham, griddle cakes, VERY generous portion sizes, and REAL butter on the table to help fill you up before your next outdoor adventure or visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

There is no shortage when it comes to pancake houses in the state of Tennessee. There are a variety of pancakes to choose from including buttermilk pancakes and specialty pancakes with warm homemade syrups.


Pancake Pantry

628 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 

Founded in 1960, Pancake Pantry is Tennessee’s first pancake house treating generations of families.

Pancake Pantry Gatlinburg

It’s pretty common to see a LONG line wrapped around the building. Surprisingly, it moves along quicker than you would anticipate.

On our most recent visit, we were in line at 9:58 am and seated at 10:20 am. The friendly staff at Pancake Pantry are very efficient!

breakfast hash at the Pancake Pantry Gatlinburg

A few of the highlights were the hash and the Sugar and Spice pancakes.

sugar and spice pancakes at the Pancake Pantry Gatlinburg

The Sugar and Spice pancakes are served with applesauce and cinnamon cream syrup.

Almond Apricot crepe at the Pancake Pantry Gatlinburg

We also tried the Almond Apricot crepe.

Breakfast Strategy to Try More Menu Items

This would probably be a good time to tell you that a few of us were ”food sharers” at a few of these restaurants. The first thing we do is narrow down our top choices.

Three people = three entrees to try. And let’s be honest, a PERFECT breakfast is a combination of both sweet AND savory.

We tried to avoid visiting the top places at peak times when possible.

Crockett's Breakfast Camp Gatlinburg

Crockett’s Breakfast Camp

1103 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN

Crockett's Breakfast Camp Gatlinburg

We avoided the lines for this popular breakfast stop by arriving about an hour before closing time.

Signature corned beef hash breakfast at Crockett's Breakfast Camp

Crockett’s Breakfast Camp is closer to the Ober Gatlinburg side of downtown Gatlinburg near Bennett’s Pit Bar-b-que.

Jake Creek Skillet at Crockett's Breakfast Camp

The portions are generous and the dining area is used to seating for families or groups.
We tried the Signature corned beef hash breakfast and Jake Creek’s Skillet.

corncake at Crockett's Breakfast Camp
Griddle cake

Jake Creek’s skillet includes pecan-crusted rainbow trout, two farm-fresh eggs, grits, hunt camp potatoes, biscuit, sausage gravy, and a griddle cake.

cinnamon roll at Crockett's Breakfast Camp Gatlinburg

The giant cinnamon roll is also worth sharing as an appetizer before the rest of your food arrives.

The Donut Friar

The Donut Friar

634 Parkway #15, Gatlinburg, TN

The Donut Friar is located in the Village Shoppes that are in downtown Gatlinburg.

cinnamon bread at The Donut Friar

One of their most popular items is their cinnamon bread. You’ll want to grab a loaf or two while you’re there.

donuts at The Donut Friar

They also have a variety of donuts, pastries, and coffees to choose from.

There isn’t any seating so this is a great option if you want to grab a sweet treat on the go.

Flapjack's pancake cabin

Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin

This restaurant has 7 locations in the area serving up giant pancakes and omelets.

giant pancake at Flapjack's pancake house

This is a breakfast restaurant that “gets it” because all of the omelets are served with two pancakes.

Flapjacks pancake cabin Spanish skillet

You’ll find plenty of classic southern breakfast dishes on the menu.

Gatlinburg Grind Coffee Shop

Gatlinburg Grind

680 Glades Rd STE 3, Gatlinburg, TN

This is a coffee shop with GOOD coffee and pastries made fresh daily near the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community.

Log Cabin Pancake House

327 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN

This pancake house is family-owned and operated since 1976 and serves up an assortment of pancake varieties, crepes, and breakfast classics all day long.

There is free parking beside and in front of the restaurant and the line can get long for this restaurant but it’s designed to move quickly.

The Apple Barn Cider Mill

Here are a few other breakfast restaurants in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge to try too:

The Apple Barn & Cider Mill

230 Apple Valley Rd, Sevierville, TN

The Apple Barn is always one of our go-to stops on the way to Gatlinburg… and sometimes we even make a second trip on our way back home.

The Apple Barn Cider Mill

Their fried apple pies are served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and their apple slushies make the stop totally worth it!

This is a quick service stop if you need a few apple-themed essentials, including cider donuts to enjoy later that week.

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

Next door you’ll find the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant with table service and an expanded menu offering both sweet and savory breakfast menu items.

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant also has several tables that have porch swings to sit in front of the table.

Mel’s Classic Diner

119 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 

This is another popular family-owned and operated classic American diner serving breakfast all day.

The Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe 3

Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe

2785 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

If you are in Pigeon Forge, I highly recommend Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe.

The Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe 6

The animatronic chickens are so cute and fun but this restaurant isn’t just a gimmick. It really does have great food and it’s a unique breakfast experience in Pigeon Forge.

cinnamon pancake The Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe

Their cinnamon swirl pancakes aren’t on the menu anymore but they are still available upon request… and my kids still talk about them years later.

omelet The Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe

The portion sizes are generous for their omelets and biscuits and gravy too.

Which of these Best Breakfast Restaurants in Gatlinburg Do You Want to Try First?

You have plenty of places to choose from during breakfast time for a great price.

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3 thoughts on “Where to Find the Best Breakfast in Gatlinburg, TN”

  1. I love how you did the searching and finding! I’ve been here a few times and not found the perfect spot but I’m excited to try your suggestions!

  2. Pancake Pantry was highly recommended during our recent stay. Unfortunately, we passed it up because we refused to pay $20 for parking just we could enjoy the pancakes. Flapjacks Cabin was delicious!!

  3. Hi Nendra,

    It was a great read! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I love trying out new things for breakfast. I have been thinking about visiting Gatlinburg with my friends and I will definitely try out these fluffy pancakes. My friends love pancakes as well, and I think they will love trying them out as well. Thanks a lot for sharing all of these places. I am sure many people will find it very useful.

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