When you go on vacation, you’re probably looking forward to all the delicious food. With all the restaurants to choose from, you may have a hard time deciding where to go first. That’s why we want to share the top places to eat based on what city you’re visiting in the Smokies! Check out our guide to the best Smoky Mountain restaurants for breakfast:
Sevierville is a quieter mountain town than Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, but that doesn’t mean their food is lacking! You may just find a new favorite restaurant here.
Five Oaks Farm Kitchen
If your heart is set on old-fashioned country cooking, then Five Oaks Farm Kitchen should be the first stop on your list. You can get eggs cooked just how you like paired with sausage, biscuits and gravy, bacon, grits, and more. If you love pancakes, you don’t want to miss trying the signature griddle cakes that are 1 inch thick! You’ll also find casseroles on the menu, which is pretty unique for the area! No matter what you get at Five Oaks, you’ll think it’s delicious!
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
Another popular Smoky Mountain restaurant you’ll want to try for breakfast is Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant. Tucked away in the Apple Barn Village, this eatery has all of the classic staples: eggs, waffles, pancakes, bacon, sausage, and ham. But they also serve their signature items with every meal! Enjoy apple julep to start the day paired with their apple fritters, homemade apple butter, and apple cinnamon muffins!
Pigeon Forge has every kind of breakfast you can think of. But here are our top picks you don’t want to miss:
Old Mill Restaurant
Another great place to go for a southern breakfast feast is the Old Mill Restaurant. Some people swear they haven’t really visited the Smokies until they’ve eaten here! The first meal of the day is served from opening to 11 am, and you have a whole spread to choose from. Try their homemade biscuits served with preserves or gravy. Get a huge platter to share with eggs, biscuits, grits, pancakes, home fried potatoes, and more. Or you can try their signature french toast made with bread baked on site!
Mel’s Classic Diner
For anyone who wants an American breakfast that’s simple and affordable, you can’t go wrong eating at Mel’s Classic Diner. This Smoky Mountain restaurant is perfect for everyone. They have staples like hash browns, eggs, bacon, and sausage, but you’ll also find pancakes covered in syrup and french toast with powdered sugar. Plus, you’ll love the nostalgic diner theme at Mel’s!
If you think about breakfast restaurants in the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg may be the first town that comes to mind. You’ll find plenty of places to get breakfast in Gatlinburg, but none quite like these:
If you absolutely love pancakes, then you have to eat breakfast at Pancake Pantry. It’s the oldest pancake house in the state of Tennessee, but they also have a huge selection of flavors. You can’t go wrong with the classic buttermilk pancakes with syrup and butter. They also have mini pancakes, which are fun for kids, and you’ll find unique flavors like sweet potato pancakes and buckwheat. Of course, you also have the option to get different toppings, like chocolate chips, bananas and coconut, or applesauce. Pancake Pantry also offers other traditional breakfast foods as well!
Crockett’s Breakfast Camp
Another popular Smoky Mountain restaurant that’s great for breakfast is Crockett’s Breakfast Camp. They have some unique items on the menu, like the pot roast eggs benedict, corned beef hash breakfast platter, and Aretha Frankenstein thick pancakes! Crockett’s is also known for its cinnamon roll, and there’s even a deep fried version covered in caramel sauce. You’ll love eating at this breakfast place!
You know there are hundreds of Smoky Mountain restaurants to choose from when it comes to the most important meal of the day. Hopefully our roundup helps you decide where to go first! Do you have plans for what you’re going to do after you eat? Check out these fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains for some ideas!