Smoky Mountain Breakfast
Many argue that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Who am I to argue? Breakfast is delicious and there is nothing like a good Smoky Mountain Breakfast in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area to kick-start my day! This area certainly is not in a shortage when it comes to pancake houses, as anyone can easily tell when driving down the Parkway. They all offer some great meals, but there are a few that are local faves and as someone who grew up here from birth, I am going to let you in on the best ones.
Located in Gatlinburg, this restaurant is fairly new, but one of the busiest places to get that delicious Smoky Mountain Breakfast. Named after the famous David C. “Crockett” Maples, this place serves up a variety of “comfort food” as well as the healthy staples to get your day going. Familiar with “Crockett?” He was born in 1840 and was a frontiersman, honored soldier and a devoted family man. His story is one of survival, and inspiration. After serving with the Ninth Tennessee Cavalry, Crockett married his wife Mary. They owned a supply store at the base of Mount LeConte and were known throughout the area for serving a Smoky Mountain Breakfast to travelers passing through. Crockett was a definite mountain man and was very familiar with the mountain trails and terrain. During one particular winter, Crockett led a salesman to the top of the mountain. After separating from him, Crockett found himself in a blizzard and nearly froze to death. He had such severe frostbite, his legs were amputated. He vowed not to give up though and made himself a pair of boots with wooden feet that he then tied to his legs. He continued to lead an active lifestyle with his wooden feet and two canes until he passed in 1928. Crockett’s Breakfast Camp serves as a legacy to this man and his story still inspires many to this day to not give up no matter the obstacle.
Widely popular among the locals and the many tourists that vacation in the area yearly, the Pancake Pantry is, by far, one of the most visited restaurants in the Gatlinburg area. In fact, this restaurant was the first pancake house in all of Tennessee. It opened in 1960 and the delicious, made from scratch, recipes keep people returning again and again. If you have vacationed in the area and walked past the Pancake Pantry on your trip to Gatlinburg, but never stopped, be sure to the next time you are in town. Many times, there is a line out the door, but do not let that stop you! We can assure you that once you taste their fresh food, you will return for a second, third and twentieth time.
Sawyers Farmhouse-Pigeon Forge
Sawyers Farmhouse opened in 2014 and are already one of the most talked about breakfast spots in town! It is locally owned and offer some amazing crepes, pancakes and waffles. They also serve lunch and dinner, but also continue to serve breakfast throughout the day so stop in at any time and leave full and satisfied.
Riverstone Family Restaurant-Townsend
Want a breakfast like your grandmother used to fix or still fixes? Well, be sure to stop in for some “home cookin” at Riverstone Family Restaurant. Located on the quiet side of the Smoky Mountains, in Townsend, this is a popular place to stop in before heading into the mountains for a busy day of exploring and hiking. My family and I stop here often when we are heading to Cades Cove for the day. It gives us fuel for all the hiking we have planned for the day and offers a true southern/friendly atmosphere.
Smokies Cuban Cafe-Pigeon Forge
If you are looking for something other than a southern breakfast, then you should consider stopping in at the Smokies Cuban Cafe in Pigeon Forge. Located just below our Whispering Pines property, this place offers unique Caribbean/Cuban food. Their Cuban espresso is sure to give you some ‘pep’ in your step and they offer some great breakfast options with their cuban bread. We like their food, folks on TripAdvisor like their food so we are sure you will too!
The Old Mill-Pigeon Forge
If you are familiar with Pigeon Forge at all, then you are bound to have had a meal at the Old Mill. If you haven’t, then let me be the first to tell you that you are truly missing out. The Old Mill is a staple to many people’s vacation when they visit the Smoky Mountain area. They do get extremely busy and a lot of the time have a waiting list, but do not let that deter you. While waiting, you can shop in the many shops they have there at the Old Mill Square.
Like we mentioned earlier, there are so many fine places to enjoy a Smoky Mountain Breakfast. The ones we mentioned above are just a few of our favorites. 2017 is literally around the corner and we hope you choose to spend some time with here in one of our Pigeon Forge Condos. Give us a call at 800.429.4361 so we can help you plan your best Smoky Mountain vacation to date!