Since the 1960’s, Pancake Pantry has been serving families with enormous plates of food for breakfast and lunch.
Located at 628 Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, this restaurant offers many vacationers a neat place to dine at while visiting this attraction filled city.
When you first come to the Pancake Pantry, you will be taken by its charm right away. The outside of this restaurant looks like something you might find in an old world village and this definitely entices you to come in. You probably will be expecting something warm and cozy, but this is not what a lot of visitors will leave thinking.
While the food comes in large quantity, there is not enough room in the restaurant for the large quantity of people they try to shove in at any given time.
There is almost always a wait of at least 30 minutes or more if you don’t arrive super early, and who wants to wake up early on their relaxing vacation to this Mountain region? Most people want to sleep in and go to a nice quiet place to eat, if this is what you think of, then you might want to stay clear of this place.
The food is good, but nothing too exciting. If you are used to restaurant pancakes, then you might love it. If you are like me and make homemade pancakes of your own, then you won’t be too excited over these. They do offer other items except pancakes including big omelettes, toast, bacon, hashbrowns and sausage. For lunch you can have hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, and soups if you do not wish to have breakfast items for lunch, which is allowed.
There is a children’s menu available, but the selection of food for kids is very unhealthy. If you want your children to indulge in nothing but chocolate pancakes with peanut butter syrup than you might like it, but as for me, having these unhealthy options load the menu is really too much and if your children are old enough to read, might be a struggle to order something better for them once they see the candy filled pancakes they offer.
There is not enough free parking in the area, so you will probably have to pay for that. Add to that the ATM fee being charged inside the Pancake Pantry is absurd. They do not take anything but cash. I don’t know about you, but carrying around a large amount of cash during vacation is something we don’t do too often. This is really a big inconvenience and right from the start you can add about $10 to this breakfast from the ATM and parking fees. For that amount, you could eat at a fast food restaurant.
The food is a little overpriced and a family of 2 adults and 2 children would definitely be paying over $40 to dine here. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather spend that money on an attraction or nice dinner somewhere. Many hotels often offer free continental breakfast, which is an option over this crowded and overpriced pancake house.
Many people love it still, however, and just because I think this is something you might want to overlook does not mean that you won’t enjoy it.
Restaurants are often hard to recommend because my idea of a $40 and yours might be different. This place is cute and offers a different venue than other restaurants though, so you can always take the good and the bad.
If you are thinking about going, remember that they are open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. with extended hours until 4 p.m. during the summer and early fall months.
Source: I obtained the hours of operation and street address from their website, here. So please visit this site for more information.