If it seems like there’s a pancake house on every block, you’re right.

“Wow, is that another pancake house?”

Each time new friends or family would come to visit me in my Smoky Mountain home, it wasn’t long before I’d hear this query. Their eyes would widen at the endless opportunities to eat pancakes along a short drive through Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, or Gatlinburg. The first time I visited the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I had a similar reaction. We’re not talking two or three pancake houses competing for the town’s best hotcake—we’re talking restaurants flipping flapjacks well into the afternoon on practically every other block.

So, how did this tasty obsession take foot in the Smokies? I turned to some of the area’s pancake experts to learn more. Plus, if you’re wondering where to start, you’ll find details below on four pancake houses to try on your next visit.

“The Great Smoky Mountain area was once a hub for the logging industry in the early 1900s,” said Ashley Box, director of marketing at Apple Valley Mountain Village & Cafe. “Pancakes were a popular option because they could feed masses of laborers a hot and satisfying breakfast in a speedy manner.”

Read the whole article at SouthernLiving.com/smoky-mountain-pancakes-8622614
Original Southern Living article written by Korrin Bishop