Breakfast Restaurants in Gatlinburg TN

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Crockett's Breakfast Camp is known for their ultra-thick griddle cakes, pictured here with strawberries and whipped cream (photo by Morgan Overholt/

Local lists favorite breakfast restaurants in Gatlinburg

Crockett’s Breakfast Camp

Crockett’s Breakfast Camp is famous for its cabin-chic atmosphere, hearty breakfasts, ultra-thick griddle cakes and fried cinnamon rolls. But really, you can’t go wrong at Crockett’s. Everything is excellent. There is limited parking available and a waitlist is available online.

Timbers Log Cabin Restaurant

A cozy, quaint restaurant located on Glades Road in Gatlinburg, Timbers Log Cabin offers a welcoming atmosphere and delicious homecooked-style meals like your grandparents would make. The only downside is that the restaurant can be a little hard to visit with limited hours and a location that is a bit out of the way. But if you can visit for breakfast, you won’t regret it.

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The Smoky Mountain Creperie has a variety of sweet and savory crepes (photo by Bill Burris/

Smoky Mountains Creperie

The Smoky Mountain Creperie is the perfect spot to satisfy your sweet breakfast craving. They have an array of savory selections that feature items like a Nutella & Oreo, Hershey’s & Marshmallows and Peanut Butter & Jelly crepe. But if you prefer a more hearty selection, they also offer a Ham, Cheese & Bacon crepe as well as one that has beef, cheese, peppers and onions.

The Donut Friar with an eclair in front of the sign
The Donut Friar is a Gatlinburg institution specializing in donuts, pastries and delicious coffee (photo by Alaina O’Neal/

The Donut Friar

I would be amiss to exclude the Donut Friar from this breakfast list. The place is Gatlinburg institution – punny name, coffee, éclairés and all. The Donut Friar has been around since 1967 and is the last standing original shop in the entire Village located in the Shops area. This isn’t a sit-down kind of breakfast joint – it’s more like a grab-and-go glorified coffee and donut shop. But if you haven’t been to the Donut Friar at least once on your Smokies vacation to sample their world-famous cinnamon bread, did you truly vacation in the Smokies? Come prepared, this spot takes cash only.

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This pancake eatery has six locations in Sevier County, serving up delicious breakfast classics (photo by Morgan Overholt/

Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin

Flapjack’s has six locations in the Smokies – three of which are in Gatlinburg. The others are in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Kodak. They are known for their pancakes but also offer other standard-fare breakfast items like skillets, omelets, bacon, sausage and eggs. If someone in your family have gluten sensitivities, just ask your server about the gluten-free options. In my experience, they are very allergen-friendly.

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Fruit-filled crepes served with a whipped topping make a hearty breakfast (photo by Morgan Overholt/

Log Cabin Pancake House

It’s not uncommon to see a line when you pull up to the Log Cabin Pancake House. But don’t let it deter you. The line moves quickly and the wait will be worth it. Their menu features a variety of dishes including specialty pancakes, French crepes, waffles, omelets, breakfast platters (like country ham and biscuits) as well as standard lunch fare (like hamburgers and corndogs). They also know how to make a delicious breakfast sandwich. As a bonus, the parking is free – which is a bigger deal in Gatlinburg than most guests might realize.

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Pictured above are the Caribbean Pancakes, Chocolate Chip Pancakes and a side of bacon (photo by Morgan Overholt/

The Pancake Pantry

Finally, I love Tennessee’s first pancake house – The Pancake Pantry – adored by locals and visitors alike. The Pancake Pantry is housed in the Village Shops near the Donut Friar. It’s not at all unusual to see people lined up outside around the block waiting to get into this popular pancake palace. You’ll never have to worry about leaving the Pancake Pantry hungry – each pancake dish arrives with five full-sized cakes per plate.

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11 thoughts on “Breakfast Restaurants in Gatlinburg TN”

  1. I love the Old Mill and Pancake Pantry dinner and breakfast respectfully. I also like the Apple Barn for breakfast.

  2. Our favorite and best breakfast is Log Cabin Pancake House in Gaitlinburg. You never get a bad breakfast here!

  3. We enjoyed Mama’s Farmhouse on Pickel Drive in Pigeon Forge. It’s family style and they will bring refills of food if you need them.

  4. Old Mill was just fabulous for breakfast and dinner! Went for dinner first, and came back for breakfast! Come hungry, because you get a lot of food and it’s all delicious. We also went to the Apple place, but it was extremely disappointing.

  5. Log Cabin in Gatlinburg hands down on best breakfast you can get!! Delicious and the servers are fantastic. Light 8


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