The Pancake Pantry is located on the Parkway in the heart of Gatlinburg adjacent to The Village Shopping Mall, Near traffic No.6. A public parking lot is located nearby on Cherokee Orchard Road. The Trolley runs frequently and stops nearby at Traffic Light No.6.
Since 1960, when the Pancake Pantry became Tennessee's first pancake house, visitors to Gatlinburg have made dining with us a tradition. What keeps them coming back? It's the real butter, the honest-to-goodness fresh whipped cream and everything made from scratch. And it's also the warm atmosphere of century-old brick, rich oak and rustic copper. You’ll note many pancake houses in the area, and the reasons are uncertain. Pancakes did not originate in America, but have long been a breakfast staple. Native Americans shaped a soft batter in their hands and called it “nokehick,” meaning “it is soft,” transformed by white settlers into “no cake.” Possibly, it’s the humbleness of this food that made it a custom of the region. Calling for basic ingredients, it was affordable to pioneers of Gatlinburg’s earlier days, and to prepare only a griddle and a fire were needed. Some settlers even fried them on their hoe blades over fires, which is where the name “hoecakes” originated.
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