Who has the best pancakes in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg? Here’s our top 7

Pancakes at Flapjacks

Flapjack's Pancake Cabin has six locations around the Smokies (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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“The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life,” says Katsumoto in “The Last Samurai”

“Yeah, same thing. But about pancakes,” says John Gullion on the website you’re reading right now.

The search for the perfect, best pancakes in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville is both a fool’s errand and a noble pursuit. It’s like seeking the perfect blade of grass in a two-acre lawn, like devoting your life to identifying the best grain of sand.

It is an impossible task but not because they are so plentiful.

In the end of “The Last Samurai” (spoiler alert), as he is dying after being shot 7,000 times by a Gatlin gun that somehow manages to only graze Tom Cruise, Kasumoto asks his friend to run him through to preserve his honor. Kasumoto uses his last sentient seconds to see the blooming cherry trees in the distance.

It’s in that moment he realizes they are all “perfect”.

Really, they could have shot that scene and substituted pancakes. Like cherry blossoms, every one is perfect in its own way.

So as we set out on the impossible task of identifying the best places to get pancakes in Sevier County, we’re going to start with a caveat.

The Pancake Pantry has been removed from the competition.

We’ve written about the Pancake Pantry here and there, and frankly writing about them again just seems like we’re rubbing it in. Those crazy Hoosiers came down here in 1960 and started a trend. So to make the question a little more interesting, they’re out!

Now, let’s talk about the pancakes.

Pancakes at Flapjacks
Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin has six locations around the Smokies (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

7. Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin (6 locations)

Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin offers just about every type of pancake you could imagine, including pancakes that accommodate some gluten sensitivities.

Flapjack’s has been serving up tall stacks of pancakes for more than 50 years, and these scratch-made pancakes are some of the best, classic pancakes around.

This restaurant has one location in Kodak, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge and three locations in Gatlinburg.

Crockett's Breakfast Camp
The pancakes at Crockett’s Breakfast Camp are made on the griddle (left photo by Greg and Laura Akens/right photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

6. Crockett’s Breakfast Camp in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

You know what happens when you assume? Nothing, they’ll still serve you the pancakes but you’ll just be ill informed.

No.

This is not Tennessee legend Davy Crockett’s breakfast camp. You want some of his flapjacks, I reckon you’ll have to go to San Antonio or Greeneville or some other place sponging off his legacy.

This here breakfast camp honors the legacy of David C. “Crockett” Maples, a frontiersman who served with the Union Cavalry in the Civil War.

Fun fact, much of upper East Tennessee sided with the Union in the war and the region swayed back and forth between Southern and Northern control.

After the war, Crockett and his wife Mary R. Ogle – a name familiar to all in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg – returned to the area and set up a supply store at the base of Mount LeConte where they served hungry travelers home-cooked breakfast.

According to legend, and the Breakfast Camp website, Crockett also served as a mountain guide, got caught in a blizzard and nearly died.

Instead, he lost part of both legs to frostbite. Undeterred, he built himself a pair of boots with wooden feet inside that he latched to his legs. With the help of two canes and his wooden feet he stayed active until 1928 when he died at the age of 88.

What does all of that have to do with the quality of the pancakes? Nothing, but you don’t read a story with that much, if you’ll forgive the phrase, meat on the bone and simply walk (I may be going to hell) away.

Crockett’s offers a wide array of breakfast fare, but the griddle cakes are what keeps ‘em coming back. Served with a wide variety of toppings, they are fluffy, filling and delicious.

For a change of pace, try the Aretha Frankensteins Pancake, a famous recipe from the temporarily closed coffeehouse in Chattanooga.

Why is it called Aretha Frankensteins? Honestly, I don’t know and after the episode with Crockett Maples’ wooden feet, I’m a little too shook to Google it.

Sawyers Farmhouse
Sawyer’s Farmhouse has sweet pancakes that come with a wide variety of toppings (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

5. Sawyer’s Farmhouse Restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Locally owned and operated, Sawyer’s has a giant chicken wearing a cowboy hat outside which happily allows me to quote the “Young Guns” peyote scene to my kids until they’re ready to stab me with the cutlery.

“You guys. You guys. D’ja see the size of that CHICKEN?”

Comedy gold.

For pancakes – and crepes – Sawyer’s skews to the sweet side. There are a variety of fruity options as well as chocolate chip and M&M varieties.

Serving just breakfast and lunch, Sawyer’s is able to focus on doing those two meals right.

There’s not a lot of extraneous business, except for the giant chicken. Just good breakfast food done right.

Frizzle Farmhouse
Frizzle Farmhouse has 100 animatronic singing chickens to entertain you while you enjoy your breakfast (photos by John Gullion/TheSmokies.com)

4. Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

We’ve also written about Frizzle before, here and there, so we won’t belabor the point.

But for a place whose hook is a bunch of singing animatronic chickens, the pancakes are really, really good.

Come for the bizarro-world Tiki Room, stay for the pancakes. The family loved it.

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

Reagans Pancakes
Reagan’s House of Pancakes has two locations in Pigeon Forge (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

3. Reagan’s House of Pancakes in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The breakfast spot is so nice, they built it twice. I like to imagine a family coming to Pigeon Forge to get a little breakfast and see a few sites.

They pull into Reagan’s House of Pancakes, which I like to imagine is built upon as sturdy a foundation as hoecakes will allow.

They sit down; maybe some try the buffet while others order off the menu. Dad has the caramel nut pancakes. Mom gets a Belgian waffle.

They have a hearty, satisfying meal and load into the car only to be confronted by horrendous traffic. A few hours and 1.4 miles later, they begin to feel a little peckish and what do they see?

Reagan’s House of Pancakes No. 2 conveniently located six laps of a high school regulation track away.

Whether you go to Reagan’s No. 1 or Reagan’s No. 2, you’re in for a great pancake and look, don’t take my word for it. Building a second location less than two miles away – that’s the Starbucks model, folks.

Smokys Pancake
Smoky’s Pancake Cabin offers great, simple and wholesome pancakes (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

2. Smoky’s Pancake Cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Not as hifalutin as some of your other establishments that build their flapjacks into houses or palaces or what-not.

This is a simple pancake cabin, if Abraham Lincoln came to Sevier County to eat pancakes, this would be the kind of down-home, wholesome pancakery he would choose.

Seriously, the Pancake Cabin may have the single greatest menu item in the pancake kingdom. The Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes are phenomenal.

It can’t possibly be healthy and there’s a good chance after breakfast you’re going to need to rest awhile before you start your day, but that’s the price you pay for greatness.

Pancake Pantry
Pancake Pantry was Tennessee’s first pancake house (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

1. Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Sorry. I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t leave them out. The original and the best.

This is pancake perfection. All hail.

Read Also: Tennessee’s first: Pancake Pantry holds the key to local hotcake obsession

Caribbean Pancakes
Behold … Caribbean Pancakes at the Pancake Pantry. All hail (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Where’s your favorite place to eat pancakes in the Great Smoky Mountains? Leave your vote in the comments!

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46 thoughts on “Who has the best pancakes in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg? Here’s our top 7”

  1. Mel’s Dinner has the best pancakes…i have tried most of the ones you named…and I know over half them we don’t like….but love Mel’s Dinner pancakes….

  2. Love smoky’s pancake cabin in pigeon forge. The best pineapple upside down pancake EVER! Service is good. Staff is friendly. I highly recommend this place.

  3. Love the Pancake Pantry but I will have to say, they’re not nearly as big as they used to be but prices keep going up. I love their light airy pancakes though so will go there today often as I can. You won’t be disappointed!

  4. Most definitely The Pancake Pantry hands down the best!
    We eat there every morning when we visit Gatlinburg.

  5. Log Cabin Pancake House in Gaitlinburg has the best pancakes by far! This is our favorite breakfast place in the area! It is a must everytime we are in the area.

  6. I hated Crockett’s due to very slow service and pancakes that were way too large and heavy. Pancake Pantry is very good, will go back.

  7. Pancake Pantry, pancakes are my favorite breakfast tried them alot of places in the Smokies but none better than Pancake Pantry. Love their sausage patties also.

  8. Smoky’s Pancake Cabin in PF is the best, hand’s down! Food, people, service is fantastic!!!

  9. We loved Reagan’s Pancake House, buffet style breakfast or order off the menu. Great food and service!

  10. Love Pancake Pantry. It is a must stop w hth en I’m in the area. Also have a great Pancake Pantry in Nashville which we also have eaten at often.

  11. IT HAS TO BE SMOKY’S IN PF. THE PANCAKES ARE SO AWESOME !!! THE PEOPLE AND SERVICE ARE AMAZING 🧡🧡🧡

  12. We loved the Pancake Pantry, The Log Cabin, and Crockett’s Breakfast Camp. The serving sizes are very large and actually huge at Crockett’s. We could definitely split a meal, if the choices were not so tempting!

  13. Smoky Mountain. Pancake. Cabin ! We have been to. Smokies. 40 times during our marriage so we have tried alot pancake places this is the topsTheir. Blackberry topping. On pancakes are so good. Also. Their crepes filled with lots of peaches. Or. Blackberries. Topped also with topping. Whipped. Cream and confectionery sugar sprinkked on top. Oh. My Goodness. Takes like a good cobbler tastes.

  14. Absolutely love Pancake Pantry, not only for the food but for the atmosphere! So beautifully decorated and every type of pancake under the sun! They even have fabulous crepes! But my hands-down favorite is their whipped hot chocolate with marshmallows!❤️I have been going here for many years; my family loves it too!❤️

  15. This is not in pigeon forge nor Gatlinburg but in Cherokee.Peters pancakes is great!!!

  16. My family’s been going to the Pancake Pantry since the 70’s. We try to go once or twice a year. We eat there every day we are in town. We even have a special waitress we ask for who immediately comes up and gives us hug. Great place with great food and service.

  17. First Mels diner is the best end all be all of food. When youre talking pancakes though Pancake Pantry has no competition within the same galaxy. That is why there is a very VERY! Long line to get in there. They are ONLY and I mean ONLY!! Open for breakfast. Let me tell you that it IS worth the weight.

  18. We love crockets with pancake pantry running close 2nd we have been married 7 years and go at least twice a year and always make sure we stop in at both our favorite pancake places !!

  19. The pancake pantry Is #1 they have the best of everything in there. And the service is phenomenal… it’s a must I go there everytime I’m in Gatlinburg.

  20. Went into Pancake Pantry once and was ignored by the hostess.She didn’t ask me if I wanted to be seated or anything. She completely ignored me. Good pancakes and service though if you ever get seated.

  21. Log Cabin Pancakes in Gatlinburg is the best and they aren’t even mentioned.

  22. Regan’s is a great place for a hearty fill-up , before the traffic madness but the key is getting up early lol …easier said than done I know but… we were there New Year’s Day and it was 65 deg out and crazy busy but it was all worth the madness.

  23. I agree with several others here – it’s an absolute travesty that not only is Log Cabin Pancake House not #1 on this list, but even far worse that (a) they’re not on the list at all while worst of all (b) Flapjacks is.

    I used to swear by Pancake Pantry for years until I finally got around to trying Log Cabin PH…and I’ve never gone back to the Pantry since. They’re overpriced for not nearly as quality of food by comparison.

    And Flapjacks?! They don’t even deserve an honorable mention.

  24. Love Reagan’s. I’m a weirdo and not a fan of pancakes, but oh my, they have everything else I 💕. Cinnamon rolls, home fries, gravy, biscuits. Wonderful staff.

  25. Little House of Pancakes

    Have you ever had their All You Can Eat Pancacks ! ENOUGH SAID! They should at least be on the list !!!!

  26. DAVEY crockett breakfast camp HAS CAKE SIZED pancakes. Same with the cinnamon rolls. Always a huge wait… so worth it.

  27. Pancake Pantry is perfection! I have been going there for years. Have tried other places and some are good but not as good as the Pantry. The best pancakes ever !

  28. The Little House of Pancakes and The Log Cabin are both great. The Little House of Pancakes is the very best pancake restaurant! END OF!!

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