If Gatlinburg has one signature food, it’s definitely pancakes! For reasons that still remain unclear, the Smoky Mountains have more pancake houses than just about anywhere else the country. With flapjacks on every corner, it can be hard to decide where to eat when you’re craving hotcakes during your vacation. To help you make the most of your getaway, Top Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top four pancake restaurants in Gatlinburg TN.
1. Pancake Pantry
The Pancake Pantry is Gatlinburg’s original destination for hotcakes. In fact, this restaurant was the first pancake house in the state of Tennessee when it opened in 1960! The Pantry owes its longevity to its tried and true pancake recipes. Everything at this eatery is made from scratch using the freshest ingredients available, including real butter and whipped cream.
The Pancake Pantry offers a dizzying selection of mouthwatering flapjacks, many of which you won’t find anywhere else. The Swiss Chocolate Chip Pancakes and the Wild Blueberry Pancakes are both gourmet twists on two classic flavors. If you’re looking for something a little more exotic, consider trying the Swedish Pancakes (made with a rich egg batter and imported lingonberries) or the Sugar ‘N Spice Pancakes (made with cinnamon, sweet spices, and served with applesauce). Please note that the Pancake Pantry does not accept credit cards and can attract a long line on weekend mornings.
2. Log Cabin Pancake House
Log Cabin Pancake House is another one of the best pancake restaurants in Gatlinburg TN. This family owned and operated restaurant has been delighting guests for decades with their fantastic flapjacks and friendly service. Guests will find a wide variety of tasty pancakes to try at Log Cabin, including Pigs in a Blanket (sausages wrapped in a pancake), Butterscotch Chip Pancakes, and the Pancake Royale (topped with powdered sugar, banana wedges, and a house-made cream cheese sauce).
3. Atrium Pancakes
Atrium Pancakes is a beloved Mom and Pop restaurant that has been an institution in Gatlinburg for over 20 years. The standout item on Atrium’s menu is undoubtedly their Baked Apple Pancake. Featuring freshly sliced apples and brown sugar, this special pancake takes 15 minutes to cook, but it is definitely worth the wait! If you dine at Atrium, be sure to ask for a seat near their beautiful waterfall.
4. Crockett’s Breakfast Camp
Crockett’s Breakfast Camp is one of the most popular places to dine in downtown Gatlinburg. Instead of serving traditional pancakes, Crockett’s offers “griddle cakes”, which are at least 1.5” thick. These massive hotcakes are perfect for anyone with a hearty appetite. Guests can choose from a great selection of toppings, including chocolate chips, fresh blueberries, wild berry compote, strawberry compote, Southern pecans, and candied apples with white raisins.
When you stay with Top Cabin Rentals, you will be near all of these fantastic pancake restaurants in Gatlinburg TN. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 8 bedroom cabins, we are guaranteed to have the perfect accommodations for your escape. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of cabin rentals in Gatlinburg!