If there's one cuisine for which the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area is famous, it’s pancakes. The breakfast staple, often made as big as your head, is the way most visitors start their day. Flapjack's, which has several locations in the area, including one on the Parkway on Pigeon Forge, is popular because their pancakes are more than just plain batter; the Sticky Bun Pancake is a sweet treat just like it sounds, a pancake with cinnamon and icing.
Family-friendly Pigeon Forge is known for quantity when it comes to dining, offering lots of all-you-can-eat buffets and family-style meals. But that doesn’t mean quality can’t be found. Eateries dot both sides of the Parkway (US 441), the main road that leads to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, nestled between neon-signed attractions and quirky things to do.
Pigeon Forge is right outside the entrance to the national park; nearby Gatlinburg and Sevierville are essentially all connected to Pigeon Forge and close enough that a few of their restaurants are included in this best list, too. Few, if any, restaurants in the area have a dress code, so plan to mosey up straight from your hotel (or nearby water park) and feast away in delicious, casual, vacation style.