Where to Find the Best Breakfast in Gatlinburg: Top 5 Restaurants

No vacation in the Smoky Mountains is complete without at least one breakfast in Gatlinburg. With pancake houses around every corner, our city may just be the breakfast capital of the United States! To help you plan the most important meal of the day, Alpine Mountain Chalets has put together a guide to finding the best breakfast in Gatlinburg. You can’t go wrong when you start your morning at these five restaurants:

1. Crockett’s Breakfast Camp

Crockett’s Breakfast Camp offers all of your favorite breakfast foods in a fun mountain lodge atmosphere. This popular restaurant is famous for its griddle cakes, which are like pancakes, but extra thick and fluffy. Crockett’s breakfast skillets are also legendary. Filled with your choice of eggs and meats, these meals are served right in the cast iron skillet they were cooked in. If you choose to dine at Crockett’s Breakfast Camp, we suggest coming early or during off hours (because there can be a long wait) and arriving with a hearty appetite (because the portions are huge)!

2. Pancake PantryThe Pancake Pantry in downtown Gatlinburg.

The Pancake Pantry is Gatlinburg’s most historic and revered breakfast place. In fact, the Pancake Pantry was the first pancake house in the entire state of Tennessee! This restaurant has had such longevity because its hotcakes are truly outstanding. All of their pancakes are made from scratch with real butter and served with fresh whipped cream. Guests will enjoy a varied selection of speciality flapjacks, including Swiss Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Sugar N’ Spice Pancakes (made with cinnamon) and Pigs in a Blanket Pancakes (sausages wrapped in hotcakes). Please note that the Pancake Pantry is a cash-only business.

3. Log Cabin Pancake House

Log Cabin Pancake House is another serious contender for the title of “Best Breakfast in Gatlinburg”. This beloved restaurant has built a reputation over many decades for its delicious food and fast, friendly service. A highlight of the menu is the French Toast Royale, which is topped with bananas and a homemade cream cheese sauce. Other popular items at Log Cabin Pancake House include the omelets, country ham, biscuits, grits, and, of course, pancakes.

4. Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que

While Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que is most famous for its BBQ dinners, it also offers a fantastic breakfast bar each morning. Guests will enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet with over 50 items, including scrambled eggs, sausage patties, bacon, oatmeal, pancakes, grits, muffins, biscuits, and fresh fruit. Bennett’s breakfast bar even includes BBQ pork, so you can still sample some of their signature smoked meat.

The Donut Friar in Gatlinburg.5. Donut Friar

Although the Donut Friar isn’t a traditional sit-down restaurant, it is one of the most popular places to get breakfast in the Smokies. Located in The Village in downtown Gatlinburg, this shop is renowned for its melt-in-your-mouth donuts, freshly baked cinnamon bread, and delicious coffee. The Donut Friar opens every morning at 5 a.m., so early risers can start their day with a sweet treat. Be sure to bring cash, as the Donut Friar does not accept credit cards.

When you stay with Alpine Mountain Chalets, the best breakfast in Gatlinburg will be just a short drive away. With hot tubs, mountain views, game rooms, home theater systems, and fully furnished kitchens, our cabins come with everything you need for a stellar vacation. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of Gatlinburg cabin rentals!


Jason Fishman is a writer and editor specializing in history, dining, travel and tourism. In his spare time, he enjoys science fiction, breakfast food and bad puns.