Rise and Dine: Top Breakfast Spots in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Beyond

With the wide array of outdoor activities and adventures awaiting you in the Smokies, it's crucial to kickstart your day with a burst of energy — a good breakfast will ensure you have the stamina needed to fully engage in all the fun in what is one of the great American outdoors. Wondering where to get your morning fix in the Smoky Mountains?

We've compiled a list of some of the best breakfast spots in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding areas to start the day. These establishments not only offer superb, healthy, and delectable food but also provide friendly and welcoming environments.

Get ready for a breakfast feast! Here we are with a list of the top breakfast places in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding areas. At Stony Brook, it's a consensus: breakfast is the most crucial choice you'll make all day, so let's dive into it!

Breakfast Spots in Gatlinburg, TN

Enjoy breakfast in German style at the Wild Bear Tavern

Wild Bear Tavern is a rustic-looking, country-style eatery in Gatlinburg that's a great spot to start your day on the right foot. They mix Southern charm with authentic German cuisine.

They offer many breakfast classics, such as pancakes, flapjacks, biscuits, and crêpes, and you can build your own omelet. The menu also boasts some European specialties, such as pancakes in flavors like Black Forest or apple strudel. The German breakfast is a hit. It features three eggs, smoked sausage, Leberkäse, Brätwurst, Swiss cheese, and a serving of molasses bread.

The decor brings a bit of Bavarian allure to the US, and some even say it's like a taste of Germany right in the Smokies. You may even want to greet the staff with a hearty "Guten Morgen!"

Soak in the morning countryside vibes at Log Cabin Pancake House

Another spot that looks delightfully rustic is Log Cabin Pancake House. This one has been a local staple since 1976, winning hearts over with its traditional Southern breakfast filled with hearty options.

If one cup is not enough for you, you can enjoy refillable coffee. The Plain Old-Fashioned Pancakes are an all-time favorite: fluffy and flavorful as they should be, served with house-whipped margarine and signature syrup. Everything comes in large servings made with care and offered at reasonable prices.

The decor exudes a lovely countryside feel that's very cozy and the staff is super friendly, always greeting you with a smile.

Indulge in breakfast at the historical Crockett's Breakfast Camp

Here's a historical place that has been around since the late 1800s when David C. "Crockett" Maples, a soldier in the Tennessee cavalry, and his wife began serving home-cooked meals to travelers.

Still going strong, Crockett's Breakfast Camp offers an Appalachian-inspired menu with options like The Aretha Franklin pancakes, a secret recipe served with whipped butter & warm maple syrup, Big Tennessee French Toast, Hunt Camp Skillets, fried cinnamon rolls, French toast, and breakfast burritos, among much more. Portions are sizable, and prices are reasonable.

It's a great idea to grab a seat by the fireplace to soak in the charm of the ambiance. The service? All you could want for the best Southern hospitality. A must-try!

Get your morning fill in a local cabin at TIMBER'S LOG CABIN RESTAURANT


Want to eat like a local? Having breakfast in a cabin is as local as it gets, and that's exactly what you'll experience at Timber's Log Cabin Restaurant.

With only five tables indoors and some outside, they offer nothing short of an awesome breakfast. Some all-time favorites are the biscuits and gravy and the french toast breakfast, both with Timber's signature bacon. Most dishes come with a side of house potatoes or cheesy grits. By the way, their bacon is a secret recipe that always receives praise from everyone.

The best part? The cozy, intimate atmosphere. Don't be surprised if the cook starts singing some 1960s rock and roll songs while preparing your eggs.

Oh, and there's a nice bonus: Timber's is located in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community of Gatlinburg, a charming little village that celebrates southern craftsmanship. So you can take a stroll through the shops after your breakfast — a perfect way to start your day in Gatlinburg.


Gorge on incredible food variety at Sawyer's Farmhouse Breakfast

A favorite among both locals and visitors, this locally owned and operated eatery serves up a delightful breakfast with portions large enough to share.

The menu boasts a variety of options like crepes, Belgian waffles, made-from-scratch pancakes, syrups, compotes, farm-fresh eggs, real whipped butter, Banana Foster's French toast, Hershey's Chocolate Chip Waffle, Western Omelet, and Spiced Apple Crepes. Is your mouth watering already?

The coffee is excellent and is served in charmingly cute coffee mugs! The service was exceptionally friendly and attentive. With no doubt, Sawyer's Farmhouse Breakfast is one of the best breakfast spots in Pigeon Forge!

Travel back to the '50s at Mel's Classic Diner

What about that '50s breakfast experience? This popular family-owned place is a classic American diner right in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Mel's, as locals affectionately call it, offers all the classics you can expect for a hearty breakfast, including amazing pancakes and French toast, eggs cooked to order, delicious omelets, bacon, sausage, hash browns, grits, and biscuits with sausage gravy. Okay, it's not a breakfast dish, but their banana splits are legendary!

The decor features awesome memorabilia on the walls, and it's super fun taking a step back in time into a nostalgic world with booth seats and a jukebox. Wait, there's more magic awaiting you: three words — all-day breakfast!

Join other early birds at Brick and Spoon

Are you someone who gets up early? Then Brick and Spoon is your go-to spot in Pigeon Forge. That's where you can get signature omelets, breakfast tacos, and breakfast potatoes, apple-pecan French toast, and much more — all that very early: they open their doors at 7:00 am.

Coffee is amazing, and their breakfast options boast a certain Louisiana flair that everyone loves. Just the perfect stop to energize before a day of outdoor exploration!

Enjoy all-you-can-eat family-style at Mama's Farmhouse

This one comes with a family history. Mama's Farmhouse is an all-you-can-eat traditional Southern food pot that's named as such because the menu features all the goodies that the Johnson Family's Great-Grandmother, known as Mama, used to make.

The breakfast menu includes chicken tenders (which Mama used to serve on Sundays), chocolate gravy, buttermilk biscuits, hash brown casserole, and fruit butters, along with some classics.

Even their buffet is family-style, which means no lines but food is brought to your table. If you want more, you just have to ask. This is an approach to avoid waste and also to guarantee that everything is always fresh.

Oh, while you're there, don't miss out on the award-winning biscuits; Mama's Farmhouse earned the People's Choice Award at the International Biscuit Festival! That's something, isn't it?


Relax on a porch with a homemade breakfast at ELVIRA'S CAFE

Here's a Smoky Mountain hidden gem for you. Located in Wears Valley, Elvira's Cafe is a place where you can relax on the porch, admiring the views, and enjoy a homemade breakfast prepared just for you with local ingredients.

They offer delicious options like sandwiches, hashbrown casserole, chicken waffles with spiced honey, and eggs and bacon. However, you should not miss their incredible crepes, which come in a number of sweet and savory varieties. Trust us: everything will always be fresh and cooked to perfection!

Feel the essence of a Southern farmhouse at ​​Five Oaks Farm Kitchen

Five Oaks Farm Kitchen combines farm-to-table dining with top-notch Southern cooking, making it a great choice for breakfast. The menu includes eggs, omelets, benedicts, casseroles, and much more. The cinnamon rolls that come covered in a tasty sweet cream icing are a staple on the menu; the numbers speak for themselves — more than 100,000 have been sold since 2018.

The ambiance captures the essence of a Southern farmhouse, with vintage and rustic charm, including a fireplace. The portions are huge and delicious. You won't be disappointed!

Top Breakfast Spots in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Beyond

As you can probably tell by now, the breakfast scene in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is pretty awesome and carries that quintessential countryside charm.

Because the Smokies are so popular all year round, more and more breakfast spots keep opening every year to cater to new and returning visitors, as well as the local population. So, whenever you plan to visit the region, it's always a great idea to check a list of the best places to have breakfast in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and beyond.

Wondering where to Stay in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and The Smoky Mountains?

While in town, why not enhance your stay with the stunning backdrop of the Smoky Mountains in a great rental property?

At Stony Brook, we offer an exceptional array of cabins and chalets in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Cosby, ranging from one to 16 bedrooms. As a family-owned service, we guarantee you'll have the best experience in the Smokies!

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