Smoky Mountain Pancake Houses
One of the best parts of vacationing in this area is the endless list of pancake houses. There are Smoky Mountain Pancake Houses on every corner it seems and if you ask us, that’s not a bad thing to have a lot of. Haha! When that order of fluffy buttermilk pancakes, with melted butter and sweet maple syrup arrives at the table, the only thing you can do is quickly dig in! Now, these pancake houses obviously offer much more than delicious pancakes so do not fear if you do not (gasp) like them. With so many in this area, we thought we would share our top faves to dine at when we want an incredible breakfast or lunch of a huge stack!
- Pancake Pantry
Now this should go without saying. You simply must stop by the Pancake Pantry on one of your trips to the Smoky Mountains. This pancake house became the first one in the state of Tennessee is 1960. Visitors to the area have been dining here ever since and it is quite the popular place. It is all served with fresh ingredients and real butter and whipped cream, made from scratch. It has a darling exterior that makes it look like a rustic building in some foreign country. Not only is the food out of this world good, but the service is as well. You will find it in the popular shopping area called The Village in Downtown Gatlinburg. I would certainly put it at the top of your itinerary on your next trip. You will thank us, guarantee it!
- Red Rooster Pancake House
This pancake house is known for their variety of southern breakfast items in Downtown Pigeon Forge. Its central location makes it quite popular among visitors (and locals) but the food speaks for itself! My personal favorite here is the biscuits and gravy. They come with home fries and pancakes. I would advise you to enter their doors on the brink of starvation as you get a ton of food for your money. The staff is always friendly, attentive and quick.
- Sawyer’s Farmhouse Breakfast
Grab a down-home American meal here for breakfast and lunch! This is comfort food at its Southern Best. Since they opened in July of 2014, this locally owned and operated restaurant has acquired a huge local following. And ya’ll, if the locals go-then you know it is good. Am I right? Yes, I am! Some of the top favorites here are their Belgium Waffles, Crepes and Pancakes. Made from scratch with fresh ingredients, the food here will keep you returning time and time again. Be sure to check them out the next time you are in Pigeon Forge.
- Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café
Now this place offers a unique dining experience. While dining on some of the best food around, you will be serenaded by…Frizzle Chickens…throughout your meal. They sing and dance to some of the top tunes of today. My personal fave is, of course, Rocky Top. I realize you are probably scratching your head a bit at this, just as I was when I first heard of it. All I can say is go. Go and experience it for yourself. It is always fun to watch the kids (and adults) laugh and giggle as they dine here. We are sure you will do the same. Now, let us chat about the food for a moment. They really thought outside the box a bit when they were putting their menu together and it sets them apart from the other pancake houses in the area. Yes, they offer the normal pancake house food of pancakes, biscuits and gravy etc, but they take it up a notch. For instance, they offer something on their menu called The Kearney Stack. This consists of homemade pancakes that are layered with apple smoked bacon and fresh eggs. Different right? They also serve delicious cathead biscuits that come with beef or chicken and delicious toppings such as homemade tomato jam and tomato hollandaise. To put it simply, you cannot go wrong here. They also stay open and serve dinner.
- Log Cabin Pancake House
This rustic restaurant serves a large variety of pancakes and crepes for breakfast and a great buffet for lunch. Family owned and operated since 1976, this is a staple among many vacationers to this area. Every time I go here, I always order my favorite which is the Blackberry Crepes. If you like homemade blackberry cobbler, then ordering these crepes will work out well for you! Other popular favorites here are their old-fashioned pancakes, french toast and pigs in a blanket. Located on the historic nature trail in Downtown Gatlinburg, stop in for a good southern experience.
There are plenty more wonderful Smoky Mountain Pancake Houses, but these are some of our favorites. Most of you may have even eaten at one or two of the above places, but we hope we were able to tell you about, at least one, new restaurant that you simply must try when you are back on vacation. Speaking of vacation, September and October are fantastic times to visit the Pigeon Forge area and we would love to have you stay with us at Whispering Pines. Give us a call at 800-429-4361 to book your getaway during the Fall Season. There is an array of events happening this time of year and we would love to have you in town with us while they are going on.