We’ve been to Gatlinburg far more times than I can count. We’ve tried to go to the Pancake Pantry at least twice. That long line will scare many o’ folks away! On our last trip, we decided we were all in and we MUST go. We were not disappointed, but there are some things you should know.
1.) Bring CASH! I knew this, but “forgot” to mention it to my husband. Fortunately, he had the cash to cover our meal. Even if he didn’t, there is a conveniently located ATM inside. Never mind all the CASH ONLY signs we apparently looked past on our way in and during our wait…which brings me to the next point.
2.) Be prepared to wait. Feed the kids a small breakfast to keep the whining at bay or plan accordingly. Hubby and I didn’t eat but the kids had a small bite before we left our cabin. Our wait was about 30 minutes on a chilly morning. Not too bad. We’ve seen the lines snaking all the way back into the fountain area of The Village during peak seasons and peak times.
They offer complimentary coffee if you just can’t wait or need to warm up! Lots of folks appreciated and took advantage of that on a chilly morning. There was a young man taking names and party sizes near the end of the line. Someone from your party must stay in line.
3.) Bring your appetite! First, the decisions on what to order were not easy. There are so many scrumptious options. Then, when our meals came, boy are we glad we brought our appetites! The plates were filled generously. At our table we had a couple of meals from the kids menu, Swiss chocolate pancakes, wildberry crepes, and eggs with a shortstack. I think we all left a little on our plates due to the generous portions! I had coffee as I always do with any delicious breakfast-the creamer comes in little copper containers and made my coffee taste that much better. I’m a sucker for things like that!
On the menu, they have box lunches if you’re the adventurous type and headed into the park for the afternoon. You can order those with your breakfast and they’ll be ready when you leave. They’re a one stop shop!
We really loved our time at the Pancake Pantry. The tables are packed in pretty tight and it was pretty loud but the delicious food and great service was worth it! It’s so indulgent and a little more pricey than our usual pancake place, but certainly a lovely treat. Of course, we know many people who never miss a visit to the Pancake Pantry when they’re in town. Maybe we’ll add ourselves to that list.
Hmmm…wonder what I’ll order next time…