It’s said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Never is that more true than on a weekend getaway or a vacation to the Smoky Mountains – you have to have the necessary energy for a day at Dollywood after all! There is a bounty of places that make my family’s list of best breakfast places in Pigeon Forge, but I’m warning you – get ready to pack your bags and head to East Tennessee to sample these scrumptious and savory choices!
Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe
Many restaurants claim that fun is on the menu, but the Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café in Pigeon Forge takes that to an all-new level for families to enjoy. The unique experience combining singing animatronic chickens (yes, singing chickens) and delicious breakfast options make it a “must do” on the list of things that can’t be missed on a trip to the Smokies. Located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge next to The Comedy Barn Theater, I suggest trying the chicken and waffles, the cinnamon roll pancakes and a Southern breakfast staple – biscuits and gravy. My husband says the only better gravy on earth is his mama’s – you know that’s high praise. But you can’t wait all day to try this breakfast place; hours of operations are 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. for a great breakfast serenaded by chickens!
Song & Hearth at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa
I recently had breakfast with some friends at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. Our girlfriend group made delicious new memories with our journey into yumminess at the resort’s chef-attended breakfast buffet. When it comes to what I consider a best breakfast, I want a little bit of everything! At this #1 amusement park hotel, that’s exactly what I get; there’s French toast, Belgian waffles, stone-ground grits, prime rib beef hash, sausage, pancakes, bacon, omelettes, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit galore, oatmeal and so much more to this incredible breakfast. Let your taste buds and your tummy decide if this isn’t the best breakfast you’ll have at a Pigeon Forge resort!
Brick and Spoon
From brunch favorites to beignets and bennys (varieties of eggs benedict), the variety here means making a choice is tough. Many dishes have a definite Cajun flavor, and even my Louisiana-born buddy who I had breakfast with here raved about the inspired choices. Deviled (eggs) on the Bayou, the Killer Creole Omelet or the Bayou Benedict, anyone? My favorite menu item (and name): the Bananas in Pajamas appetizer, a crispy banana “eggroll” served with foster sauce – goes deliciously with the bananas foster French toast and the shrimp scrambler. Learn more about this Pigeon Forge breakfast spot at brickandspoonrestaurant.com/pigeonforge.
Are pancakes your idea of a best breakfast? Try one of the Pigeon Forge area’s six Flapjacks locations. You know it has to be good if the name is the name of the best menu item, right? This pancake place is only open 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., and the atmosphere is so friendly and relaxed that you’ll think you’re in somebody’s grandma’s kitchen. I do love an egg and some grits with my pecan pancakes, and Flapjacks does not disappoint. My husband is a pancake purist, so he has the old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes and tops it off with maybe a gallon of hot syrup. He was very tempted by the sticky bun pancakes, but we will just use that as an excuse to return.
Breakfast on the go? We got that covered, too!
On some vacation days, you just want to get started as soon as possible! The DM Pantry at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa offers fast and fabulous-tasting favorites – from your go-to Starbucks beverage to fresh-baked bakery goodies and Dollywood’s world-famous cinnamon bread fresh from the resort oven. It’s the perfect morning treat if you are headed out for adventure, especially if you are taking a PINK Jeep Tour through the splendor of the Smokies’ landscape. Someone else is doing the driving – you might as well enjoy these breakfast goodies!
Nearby Morning Food Favorites
Venturing up to nearby Gatlinburg from your stay in Pigeon Forge to see if you can find the best breakfast in town? Head to Tennessee’s first pancake house, the Pancake Pantry at 628 Parkway in Gatlinburg. They’ve been pleasing pancake palates since 1960. There’s just something about going back to a favorite spot in a favorite vacation location – it almost makes the food taste even better. Of course, at the Pancake Pantry, it’s probably also the real butter, the fresh whipped cream, and everything made from scratch. Then load up the pancakes with peaches, pineapples, bananas, link sausage, apricots, raspberries and even sweet potatoes. Just be there by 4 p.m. to partake in the pancakes, then take a walk around Gatlinburg and make more mountain memories.
No matter where you select for your Pigeon Forge breakfast place on your vacation, there’s no denying that eating delicious breakfast items is one of the best traditions during a Smoky Mountain getaway. I’ll take mine with a side of hash browns and happy family time.