Gatlinburg Tennessee The Hidden Pancake Capitol of the South By: Bob Foster Going out to breakfast, especially when you are on vacation, is one of the best excuses to eat junk food there is. Bacon, eggs, waffles, pancakes?none of it is too light or low- calorie. If you are looking for a deliciously heavy breakfast to start your day off slow, visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee, surprising home to some of the best pancakes our country has to offer. And don?t worry about your figure, because Gatlinburg is at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. There are plenty of ways to burn off your brunch. 1. Tennessee?s very first pancake house, The Pancake Pantry is a local favorite in Gatlinburg. Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, this restaurant is king of the all- day breakfast. Everything is made from scratch and real, whole ingredients?including butter and whipped cream, completing many of their rib sticking combinations getting you ready for a full and busy day. They combine these choice ingredients into 24 different kinds of pancakes, including the decadent Austrian-Apple Walnut. Made from melted butter, black walnuts, apples and spices reminiscent of apple cider, this pancake arrives smothered in whipped cream and powdered sugar. If this doesn?t seem tempting enough, their menu lists tons of egg and waffle options as well as sandwiches if someone in your party isn?t hungry for breakfast or if you would like to bring a nice sandwich while you enjoy the many activities in Gatlinburg. 2. Nationally recognized Atrium Pancakes is not to be missed. In addition to their many egg, meat and waffle choices, this restaurant offers 19 different kinds of pancakes all with stunning and jaw dropping deliciousness. They also have their own version of the apple pancake, topped with apples and brown sugar?and it is so good, it was featured in Taste of Home magazine and on Food Network. Like blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raisins, coconut or peanut butter? How about all of the above? They have a pancake with that. Their crepes, or ?Roll Ups?, have the same filling options. They even have pigs-in- a-blanket, for the more adventurous diner. Regardless of what you pick, you definitely won?t break the bank and certainly won?t leave hungry from Atrium Pancakes! 3. Though the Log Cabin Pancake House offers a hot lunch buffet that is extremely tempting, their pancakes will definitely make you want to eat breakfast for every meal and consider it to be a food group of its own. This real, old-timey restaurant offers cornmeal and buckwheat pancakes in addition to the whole gamut of fruit and compote adorned cakes. For those looking for a sweeter fix, try the butterscotch or chocolate pancakes, or the Spicy Apple French toast. Whipped cream and powdered sugar make eating these pancakes like beginning your day with dessert. You were warned: these restaurants don?t offer health food. So, remind yourself you are on vacation, and get some breakfast. You can hike it off later, and then go back for dinner. To learn more about food and fun in the beautiful Gatlinburg, please visit our website at www.patriotgetaways.com and click through to the blog.