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The Best Places to Have Breakfast in Gatlinburg TN

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While on vacation in Gatlinburg, make sure to start your day off with a big breakfast! We are sharing the best places to get breakfast in Gatlinburg. These popular Gatlinburg restaurants not only serve the best buttermilk pancakes, waffles, French toast, cinnamon rolls, omelets, but southern favorites like biscuits and sausage gravy, breakfast skillets, grits, country ham, and corned beef hash.

This list contains all of the best places to have breakfast in Gatlinburg, TN. From Gatlinburg’s famous pancake houses, to fresh donuts, or a big southern style breakfast, we have the perfect place to eat the most important meal of the day!

Pancake Houses

Gatlinburg is known for it’s pancake houses. Eating pancakes in Gatlinburg is a tradition for so many people visiting the Smokies. Some say that eating pancakes in Gatlinburg is so popular because of the southern tradition of eating a big and hearty breakfast. And some say it stems from the lumberjacks that worked in the Smoky Mountains.

Now matter what the reason, there is nothing like fluffy, buttermilk pancakes in the morning. Gatlinburg is loaded with pancake houses, and each one brings its own personal flavor to your breakfast table. Below are our favorite pancake restaurants in Gatlinburg.

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Pancake Pantry

Known for their many varieties of pancakes, the Pancake Pantry is Tennessee’s first pancake house. They serve 24 specialty pancakes, from the old fashioned buttermilk pancakes to crepes and blintzes. They also offer different flavors of waffles, French toast, omelets, and eggs with all your favorite breakfast side dishes. Pancake Pantry dishes are served with real butter and fresh whipped cream. With its diverse menu, the Pancake Pantry is the perfect place for all taste buds. The Pancake Pantry can be found in downtown Gatlinburg.

628 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 .  (865) 436-4724

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Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin

With pancakes made from scratch, Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin is one of the top choices in Gatlinburg for piled high pancakes. The most popular dish at Flapjack’s is their sticky bun pancakes. With a cinnamon swirl and coated in icing, the sticky bun pancakes are a must. They offer 9 different flavors of pancakes served with hot syrup. Several of their popular pancake flavors are chocolate chip and Reese’s Peanut Butter pancakes. Their menu also offers waffles, crepes, French toast, egg platters, omelets, skillets, and all your favorite breakfast side dishes. Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin has three locations in Gatlinburg.

956 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738 . (865)-436-2387

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Log Cabin Pancake House

With a menu full of pancakes and breakfast favorites, Log Cabin Pancake House is one of a kind. Country ham, fresh eggs, and old-fashioned pancakes with real butter make up a delicious breakfast at this pancake house. Log Cabin Pancake House has 13 flavors of pancakes. One of their most popular dishes is the French Toast Royale which is topped with bananas and a special cream cheese sauce. Their menu also features crepes, biscuits, country ham, egg platters, omelets, grits, and breakfast side dishes.

327 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 . (865) 436-7894

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Little House of Pancakes

Little House of Pancakes is the pancake house where the locals eat. They also have many flavors of pancakes, including blueberry pancakes, pecan pancakes, and apple pancakes. Not a pancake person? Little House of Pancakes also have other great breakfast dishes like Belgian waffles, country fried steak and eggs, omelets, and French Toast. This hidden gem is a wonderful place to visit on your next trip to Gatlinburg.

807 E Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN . 865-436-8784

Southern Style Breakfast

There is nothing like a good hearty southern style breakfast before you start your day in Gatlinburg. Make sure to try the biscuits and sausage gravy, breakfast skillets, country ham, thick cut bacon, grits, griddle cakes, or hash.

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Crockett’s Breakfast Camp

Loaded with classic southern breakfast dishes, Crockett’s Breakfast Camp is one of the most popular restaurants to get a real a southern style breakfast. This restaurant is a cabin-themed eatery that has an Appalachian-inspired menu . Their signature dishes include thick French toast served with whipped butter and warm maple syrup, an amazing fried cinnamon roll, and their mountain omelet. Some of their most popular dishes are their pot roast eggs benedict, black bear camp skillet, biscuits and sausage gravy, and griddle cakes. You will enjoy Crockett’s Breakfast Camp’s breakfast classics and southern specialties.

1103 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 . (865) 325-1403


Who doesn’t love a good donut, especially with a cup of steaming hot coffee! Quick and easy, donuts are a great choice for breakfast before a day out in Gatlinburg. Below are the most popular places to get fresh donuts in Gatlinburg.

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The Donut Friar

The Donut Friar is a great place for freshly made donuts, pastries, and other breakfast breads. You can also get enjoy coffee with your donut. One of their most popular items is their cinnamon bread. So don’t forget to get one when you visit the Donut Friar. It is one of the many Village shops which is a center of European-themed shops and restaurants located in downtown Gatlinburg. Open at 5:00 am daily, the Donut Friar is the perfect breakfast place for the early riser.

634 Parkway #15, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 . (865) 436-7306

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Lit’l Donut Shop

The Lit’l Donut Shop has some of the best and freshest donuts in Gatlinburg. Their menu consists several flavors of mini donuts with fruity pebbles being super popular. They also serve award winning coffee, because you can’t have donuts without coffee. With the mini donuts made fresh in front of you, the Lit’l Donut Shop is a great place for breakfast or for a donut snack.

449 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 .  (865) 436-8784

Best Breakfast In Gatlinburg

From Gatlinburg’s famous old fashioned buttermilk pancakes to breakfast pastries, like donuts, or to more savory dishes like biscuits and sausage gravy, there is something for everyone’s taste palate on this list. These are just a taste of the breakfast choices you can experience on your trip to Gatlinburg, TN. Which Gatlinburg breakfast restaurant will you try first?


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