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Skip The Pancake House: Go To Tennessee Jed’s For a Mom and Pop’s Breakfast in Gatlinburg

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Need a Smoky Mountains Vacation Guide to help you find the best places to eat in town? No worries, we got you! One of our absolute favorite places to eat whenever we’re on a Gatlinburg vacation is going to Tennessee Jed’s for breakfast. It always makes my list of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg. This locally owned family restaurant is a must for our family every time we visit Gatlinburg. We absolutely love this restaurant that we even dine not only for breakfast but for lunch as well. And don’t get me started on the amazing homemade desserts. Here are a few of the highlights from our numerous visits to Tennessee Jed’s. Be sure to check them out next time you are in on a Smoky Mountains vacation to Gatlinburg.

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If you are looking for some quality local and fresh food when visiting The Smoky Mountains, be sure to stop in at Tennessee Jed’s in Gatlinburg. This locally owned family restaurant is a must for our family every time we visit Gatlinburg.
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Tennessee Jed’s For Breakfast

Our first visit to Tennessee Jed’s was for breakfast. The thing about this restaurant is that, in our opinion, it is that it’s Gatlinburg’s best kept breakfast secret. [Perhaps I shouldn’t be telling you about it if I want to keep it that way]. The reason I say this is because Tennessee Jed’s is located right across the street from the Pancake Pantry.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that for some people, eating pancakes in Gatlinburg is a “thing” and they just must do and both The Pancake Pantry and Crocket’s Breakfast Camp are definitely on most lists of “best restaurants in Gatlinburg” that tourists will read. In fact, they are on my list as well.

But, if I’m going to be totally honest, and I strive to always be here at VeraVise, I have decided that Pancake Pantry and Crocket’s Breakfast Camp are completely overrated! We’ve waited FOREVER (like 2 hours) at Crocket’s before…that’s a mistake I won’t make again.

While you may have a bit of a wait at Tennessee Jed’s for breakfast, you won’t be lined up outside down the sidewalk for a mediocre pancake. Now as good as they are, I won’t be surprised if one day, you will be lined up down the sidewalk waiting for breakfast, but it will definitely be MUCH BETTER than a mediocre pancake.

Check out some of the amazing things we have for breakfast when we eat at Tennessee Jed’s Gatlinburg

Tennessee Jed’s Blueberry Muffins Are A Must!!

Tennessee jed's blueberry muffins
Tennessee Jed’s Blueberry Muffins
Tennessee Jed's Delicious Homemade Blueberry Muffins with a Side of Bacon
Tennessee Jed’s Delicious Homemade Blueberry Muffins with a Side of Bacon

Tennessee Jed’s Butter Cakes

I actually thought I couldn’t love anything more than their Blueberry Muffins, until they recommended their Brown Butter Mini Cake.

Tennessee Jed's Butter Cakes
Tennessee Jed’s Butter Cakes

If muffins and pastris for breakfast aren’t your thing (though I often get one even if I order something else…because…muffins 😋), you won’t go wrong with their Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich, Biscuits and Gravey (available on Fri/Sat only) or their Quiche of the Day.

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Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich at Tennessee Jed’s Gatlinburg, TN

Tennesee Jed’s Gatlinburg For Lunch

If you happen to be visiting Tennessee Jed’s for lunch, then you aren’t going to be disappointed. If you a really lucky there may even be a blueberry muffin left for dessert (but I wouldn’t bank on it).

My husband loves their Reuben Sandwich. The Smoked Chicken Salad is also great. The Cubano is on my bucket list for next time.

Tennessee Jed's Menu

If it were possible for something to be better than the food at Tennessee Jed’s in Gatlinburg, it would definitely be the service. They are family-owned with mom, dad, and even their cute little girl often found drawing pictures in the window out front. We have always had a very speedy and friendly experience. Next time you are in Gatlinburg, save yourself the trouble, when you see that long line at the Pancake Pantry, make a left, cross the street, and head to Tennessee Jed’s. You are going to love it!

If you are looking for some Smoky Mountains Outdoor adventures to do this weekend, then this Smoky Mountains Vacation Guide has everything you need. 

The Smokies is known for outdoor adventures which is why it’s the perfect vacation destination for the outdoor enthusiast.

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Smoky Mountains Outdoor

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the go-to vacation spot of many people in the US for its unmatched beauty and the many activities available in the towns that surround it.

Where To Stay In Gatlinburg, TN?

Embark on a new adventure in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of the Smoky Mountains with a stay at Bear’s Wilderness Lodge, exclusively offered by GSM Family Vacations.

Nestled amidst the serene wilderness, this charming cabin offers a refreshing escape from the ordinary, inviting you to discover the true essence of mountain living.

What is the best month to visit Smoky Mountains?

As cliche as it sounds, anytime would be the best time to visit the Smokies if you ask me. Some people prefer the summer and some really like to revel in the beauty of the snowcapped mountains in the winter.

There are different vibes to the Smoky Mountains for every season that makes people want to go back, making it the most visited National Park in the US.

But if we rely on foot traffic, the best times to visit the Great Smoky Mountains are in summer and fall.

The busiest time in the summer is July while October weekends are full of people eager to see the colorful autumn foliage.

Smoky Mountains Outdoor Adventures

Here are 5 Smoky Mountains outdoor adventures you shouldn't miss!

More Smoky Mountains Outdoor Fun

These five outdoor adventures only scratch the surface of outdoor fun to be had in the Northeast Tennessee outdoor playground known as the Great Smoky Mountains. 

Other fun activities in and around the Smokies, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge include:

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Smoky Mountains Outdoor

Smoky Mountains 7-Day Itinerary

I understand how difficult it can be to plan a trip, especially if it’s your first time going. That’s why I created this 7-day itinerary for the Smoky Mountains. It outlines all of the best places to go in the area and comes with insider tips that will save you a lot of stress–trust me, they saved me when I was planning my own trip!

  • Our 7-day itinerary takes you to the best places in the Smoky Mountains.
  • You’ll get to see all the best sights and attractions with driving directions
  • The itinerary is designed to show you the most scenic routes.
  • Packing Checklist for every season.
  • You’ll have everything you need to make the most of your trip.
  • Insider Tips!

Here’s a quick overview of our Smoky Mountains 7-Day Itinerary.

  • Day 1: Cades Cove Loop
  • Day 2: Rich Mountain Road
  • Day 3: Cataloochee Valley
  • Day 4: Newfound Gap Road
  • Day 5: Roaring Fork Motor Trail
  • Day 6: Little River Road
  • Day6: Foothills Parkway

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