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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