Best breakfast in Pigeon Forge: 7 eateries you don’t want to miss

Flapjacks chocolate chip pancakes

The chocolate chip pancakes at Flapjacks can be ordered with our without pecans (photo by Morgan Overholt/

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Pigeon Forge is meant to be entertaining. Everything is bright and musical, designed to earn every tourist dollar, and the competition is fierce.

Dinners come with themes – sometimes even whole shows.

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Nothing is simple. Nothing is basic. Everything is over the top. Everything is more.

It’s like a mountain Las Vegas with significantly less sin.

Until you get to breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

This is the South. ‘Round here, you don’t mess with breakfast.

The truth is there are probably dozens, if not hundreds of places in Sevier County where you can get a darn good breakfast. 

We got folks coming out the womb with a spatula ready to fry up some sausage or bacon and slap a pan of biscuits in the oven.

Sure. We’ll put on a show for you tourists over lunch. 

Heck, at dinner we’ll sing and dance.

Breakfast? Just sit down and eat, ya hear?

So with the caveat that it’s nearly impossible to eat at and rank all the breakfast spots in the Great Smoky Mountains of Pigeon Forge without dying of a coronary on the spot, here are some of our favorite places to get some downhome dishes.

A woman holds a coffee cup in front of krispy kreme
Coffee aficionados will also tell you that Krispy Kreme also happens to have the best coffee in the area (photo by Alaina O’Neal/

7. Krispy Kreme

I hear you. After all that talk about a hearty Southern breakfast, I’m opening with a chain donut shop?

But when that neon Hot Now sign lights up, that’s like a beacon from the angels. Change your plans and get yourself to the Krispy Kreme for the freshly made doughnuts. You can get bacon and eggs for lunch if you don’t die from the sugar rush.

From the “technology is a wonderful thing” department, they’ve got an app now that tells you when the sign is about to be lit.

Got a big day planned? Why not start it with the kids’ eyes spinning like pinwheels and the adults mainlining black coffee and sugar. You’ll be sprinting up the hills at Dollywood.

Sawyer's Farmhouse
Sawyer’s is located on the main strip on the Parkway (photo by Alaina O’Neal/

6. Sawyer’s Farmhouse Restaurant

Sawyer’s Farmhouse is one of the most reviewed and highest-rated breakfast joints in the Smokies.

Their menu features a variety of pancakes, french toast, waffles, crepes, breakfast platters, omelets, meats and even a small collection of healthier options like low cholesterol eggs and whole wheat pancakes.

Miss out on breakfast? No worries, Sawyer’s is also open for lunch, until 2 pm daily.

Flapjacks on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge
Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin has six locations in Sevier County (photo by Morgan Overholt/

5. Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin

Look, you can’t have six locations in the same county unless you really understand how to serve up some excellent pancakes.

Flapjack’s, as the name would suggest, are known for their pancakes, but they also serve up a variety of other traditional breakfast foods like omelets and skillets.

Overwhelmed by the flapjack selection? Give the chocolate chip pancakes a try and thank me later.

Read Also: Flapjacks Pancake Cabin review: Great pancakes, strange origin story

4. Mama’s Farmhouse

If you’re in the mood for a traditional family-style southern breakfast, look no further than Mama’s Farmhouse. 

Mama’s specialties include pinwheels, chicken tenders, chocolate gravy, buttermilk biscuits, Belgian waffles and hash brown casserole. But they also offer traditional breakfast staples as well like applewood bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage and cheese grits.

Mama’s biscuits are so good that they even won a People’s Choice Award at the International Biscuit Festival in 2015. 

And we haven’t even gotten to the best part yet.

It’s all you can eat. You’re welcome.

At the time of this writing, adults can enjoy their all-you-can-eat breakfast for $14.99. Kids 6-12 are $7.99. Kids five and under eat free.

Animatronic Chickens
Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse is known for its singing animatronic chickens and pancakes (photo by Alaina O’Neal/

3. Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café

Remember all that stuff I said about Southerners taking breakfast seriously? Well, every rule has an exception.

Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café is like Bob Evans dropped a tremendous amount of acid.

It’s like someone took a 4-year-old to Krispy Kreme, gave them a dozen donuts and asked them to design a restaurant.

The walls of Frizzle’s Chicken Farmhouse Café are lined with more than a hundred animatronic chickens who perform a handful of times an hour.

It’s like the Tiki Room at Disney, but with chickens and a significantly better breakfast menu.

Look, the Farmhouse Café won’t be for everyone. But this is the one breakfast from your vacation that your family will absolutely not forget.

And the food itself is actually quite good. You’d think the singing chickens would do most of the heavy lifting, but the omelets are tasty and the waffles are as good as anybody’s.

Read Also: Frizzle Chicken Review: Go for the pancakes, stay for the singing chickens

Brick and Spoon
The Bloody Marys at Brick & Spoon are some of the best we’ve ever had – anywhere (photo by Morgan Overholt/

2. Brick & Spoon

Brick & Spoon is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch in Pigeon Forge.

They specialize in high-quality southern food in a modern, casual atmosphere. 

The restaurant is a favorite of tourists and locals as well.

Brick & Spoon uses only the best quality ingredients, and it definitely shows. You won’t find a microwave in this kitchen. They offer an impressive list of delicious traditional favorites like omelets, pancakes, benedicts and beignets.

But one of the best parts of this restaurant is the cocktails.

Scratch your mimosa itch with a flight full of flavor. And best of all, their Bloody Marys are made with a signature Dumpling Creek infused vodka – the perfect blend of spice that could turn anyone into a Bloody Mary fan.

If a breakfast cocktail isn’t the best way to start your day, I’m not sure what is.

The Old Mill Restaurant is arguably the most popular breakfast restaurant in the Smokies. However, due to that popularity, wait times can be as much as two hours in the busy season (photo by Alaina O’Neal/

1. The Old Mill Restaurant

The opening page of the Old Mill Restaurant says, “Wholesome ingredients, time-tested recipes, and well-honed home-cooking skills are the hallmarks of real Smoky Mountains cooking, and the ones that keep the rambling dining rooms at The Old Mill Restaurant bustling all day and into the night.”

“We don’t go for gimmicks or trends. Rather, we pride ourselves on honest-to-goodness fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, fall-off-the-bone tender country ribs, and other Southern classics that warm our bellies and tug our heartstrings.”

In other words, they ain’t messin’ around.

This is an authentic home-style breakfast served in a historic setting. The original mill was built on the spot in 1830 to service the community.

Now, the Old Mill is one of the oldest continually operating grist mills in the country and one of the most photographed mills in America.

Walk in and tell the waitress there ain’t no point in foolin’ around with menus. You know what they’ve got without even having to ask.

Classics such as eggs, biscuits, sausage, bacon and country ham. And of course omelets with cheese, onions and peppers, home fried potatoes, pancakes and cinnamon pecan French toast.

The pancakes are served with warm maple syrup and your choice of strawberry or blueberry toppings.

This is a serious breakfast for people who like breakfast.

This is the breakfast you drove all the way to Pigeon Forge to eat.

Where is your pick for the best breakfast in the Pigeon Forge area? Let us know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Best breakfast in Pigeon Forge: 7 eateries you don’t want to miss”

  1. Brick and Spoon was such a nice spot for afternoon brunch. My 18 month old had the fried French toast, and I had bananas in pajamas! Breakfast tacos looked amazing!

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