There’s no shortage of excellent breakfast foods in the Smokies.
Folks at the Pancake Pantry struck gold in the form of flapjacks when they came to the Smokies in the 1960s, and then pancake houses began popping up like weeds … if weeds were buttery and delicious, that is.
But what’s that? You want to eat breakfast for dinner tonight?
That, ironically, is a tall order.
Almost as tall as the stack of pancakes you’re craving.
Most of the classic breakfast gems in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg close up shop between 12-2 pm.
But, you do have a handful of options if you want access to all day breakfast in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. Here’s your best bet for finding breakfast for dinner in the Smoky Mountains:
6. IHOP (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.)
Even though it’s a chain restaurant, the folks at the International House of Pancakes know breakfast, and they know some folks really like eating it at all hours of the day.
So when in doubt, you can always go with the sure thing. IHOP offers dozens of pancake combinations, breakfast samplers, french toast, omelettes and more.
IHOP is open from 6 am until 10 pm daily and located at 3636 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, TN.
5. Sunliner Diner (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.)
If you’re craving a breakfast and a blast from the past, check out Sunliner Diner, conveniently located along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
The breakfast is served all day and features items such as eggs benedict, pancakes, waffles, omelettes and more. They have two locations in the United States, with the other location in Alabama.
The Sunliner Diner is open until 10 pm throughout the week and 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Sunliner Diner is located at 2302 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN.
4. Cracker Barrel (4 locations)
Cracker Barrel is a staple for Southern cuisine, and as such, knows that some of us need access to good biscuits and gravy whenever the craving calls.
If you’re a fan of breakfast food, which I am assuming you are if you are reading this, you are likely familiar with Cracker Barrel’s menu.
But just in case, they offer a variety of pancakes and even specialties such as country fried turkey with gravy.
Cracker Barrel has four locations in the Smokies: Two locations in Pigeon Forge, one in Sevierville and one in Kodak.
These locations are open until 9 pm throughout the week and 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
3. Mel’s Classic Diner
If you want to stick to family-owned and local, Mel’s Diner has you covered for your all day breakfast cravings.
Mel’s Diner serves a variety of breakfast options all day long.
The breakfast items include pancakes, eggs, omelettes, bacon, sausage, french toast, biscuits and other Southern classics.
They are a classic American diner with a classic 50s theme. If someone else in your party wants to skip the all day breakfast, they also offer juicy burgers, huge banana splits, hot dogs and other classic treats.
Mel’s Diner is open until midnight and located just off the Parkway at 119 Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge, TN.
2. Timber’s Log Cabin
We’re stretching a bit here because Timber’s Log Cabin closes at 4 pm on most days.
But if you’re eating either a late lunch or an early dinner, you won’t regret checking out this locally owned hidden gem.
Timber’s Log Cabin is located in Gatlinburg, tucked away from all the chaos but certainly worth the trip.
This no-frills restaurant will fill you up for an affordable price tag. They also offer burgers, shrimp and grits and other home cooked, daily specials.
Timber’s Log Cabin Restaurant is located at 600 Glades Road, Ste 10 in Gatlinburg, TN. and is open on select dates, so check their operating hours before planning your trip.
1. The Pancake Pantry
Since we’re including places that close at 4 pm on the list, it would be a sin not to include the Pancake Pantry as well.
The Pancake Pantry is king of breakfast in Gatlinburg: The original, the best, the undefeated.
The Pancake Pantry is located at 628 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN.
Where is your pick for breakfast in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area? Let us know in the comments!