4 Places to Eat Pancakes in Gatlinburg That Are Worth Getting Out of Bed For

A plate of pancakes in Gatlinburg covered in syrup and berries.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee may very well be the pancake capital of the world. It seems that everywhere you turn in Gatlinburg, you find a new pancake restaurant – not that we’re complaining! Here at Visit My Smokies we love pancakes, and we think that the fierce flapjack competition in Gatlinburg has produced some of the best hotcakes in the country. If you’re looking for the perfect breakfast destination, be sure to check out these four places to eat pancakes in Gatlinburg:  

1. Pancake PantryThe Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg.

As the oldest pancake house in the state of Tennessee, the Pancake Pantry has had a long time to perfect its recipes. Located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, this extremely popular restaurant still uses fresh whipped cream, real butter, and the very best ingredients. The result? A stack of flapjacks that is guaranteed to make your mouth water.

Offering 24 different types of pancakes, the Pantry has something for everyone. Of course, you can’t go wrong with their Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes, but we suggest branching out to try a pancake you’re unlikely to find anywhere else, such as Swedish Pancakes (made with a rich egg batter and imported lingonberry), Sweet Potato Pancakes, or their Austrian Apple-Walnut Crepes.

Log Cabin Pancake House in Gatlinburg.2. Log Cabin Pancake House

If you’re looking for something a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown strip, you’ll love the Log Cabin Pancake House. This quaint restaurant is full of genuine country charm, with some of the friendliest service you’ll find anywhere. Guests can expect hearty helpings and a varied pancake selection, along with other breakfast and lunch fare. Standout menu items include Pigs in a Blanket (link sausages wrapped in a pancake blanket), Log Cabin Cornmeal Pancakes, and the Pancake Royale (topped with banana wedges and a cream cheese sauce). It’s easy to see why the Log Cabin is one of the top destinations for pancakes in Gatlinburg!

3. Flapjack’s Pancake CabinPancakes, eggs, and bacon on a plate.

With three locations in Gatlinburg, you are never too far away from a Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin. Founded in 2001, Flapjack’s serves up old fashioned pancakes inspired by the hotcakes the owner’s grandmother used to make. Anyone with a serious sweet tooth will love Flapjack’s Reese’s Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Pancakes, made with chocolate and peanut butter chips and topped with peanut butter sauce and whipped cream. Guests who are looking for something a little healthier will enjoy their Multi-Grain & Nuts Pancakes. Any of the pancakes at Flapjack’s can be ordered gluten free, making this restaurant ideal if one of your family members has an allergy or is on a diet.

A large baked apple pancake.4. Atrium Pancakes

Anyone looking for a quick and satisfying meal will love Atrium Pancakes in Gatlinburg. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, Atrium is a Smoky Mountain staple with a loyal following. The star of Atrium’s menu is undisputedly the Baked Apple Pancake. Cooked until golden brown and served with plenty of butter and syrup, this thick pancake is completely stuffed with warm apples. Trust us, you’ve never had a pancake quite like this! In addition to 25 types of flapjacks, Atrium is known for its country ham, Belgian waffles, massive club sandwiches, and Eggs Benedict.

For more excellent breakfast places, check out our complete listing of restaurants in Gatlinburg!

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  • Gary Mustain

    I have tried them all and I just don’t get it. Nothing spectacular, just pancakes. People will stand in line for hours at the Pancake Pantry and it is just not worth it. Not even close.

  • generalstratos

    In my humble opinion, Flapjack’s pancakes are awful. Should have replaced them with Crockett’s. Pancake Pantry is pretty good. Haven’t tried Atrium yet.

  • southerninsanity

    My goodness. You simply will NOT beat The Pancake Pantry. They’re as good today as the first time I went there with my parents nearly 40 years ago. Great service and fantastic food.

    • Jason Fishman

      Very true!