#29 of 46 Pigeon Forge Restaurants

Red Rooster Pancake House

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Red Rooster Pancake House: Where Big Appetites Are Sure To Be Pleased
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Famous for their massive menu and delicious coffee, Red Rooster Pancake House offers something for everyone. Expect to leave feeling full and anxious to return so you can try something else on the menu. Don't be put off by a long line. Staff has been doing this for a long time and knows how to keep traffic moving.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

The Red Rooster’s interior looks as though it was last updated sometime during the Reagan administration, but perhaps that is part of its charm. The absolute lack of pretense allows customers to focus on the food – the true star of the show.

Maybe it’s something in the Pigeon Forge air, but the staff is dependably friendly at Red Rooster and the food always taste as though you’re on vacation, even if you’re not.

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find when you visit:

  • A huge variety of pancakes, including traditional buttermilk, strawberry, blackberry, chocolate chip, berry-licious (with fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries piled high), pineapple banana pecan, peanut butter and chocolate chip, apple raisin, pecan, pineapple upside down, caramel peach, and chocolate éclair. They also offer pigs in a blanket (country sausage rolled into buttermilk pancakes) and sausage pancakes (chopped country sausage cooked into buttermilk pancakes).
  • Egg dishes include old-fashioned bacon and eggs, eggs and pancakes, sausage and eggs, corned beef hash and eggs, fried bologna and eggs (a true throwback!), sugar cured ham and eggs, country ham and eggs, pork chops and eggs, and country fried steak and eggs.
  • Decadent meals like their burrito skillet (scrambled eggs with onions, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon, sausage, ham, and cheese served in a tortilla with a side of hash browns, salsa, and sour cream). Their meat scrambler skillet includes scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and ham. It’s all topped off with shredded cheese and served on a bed of hash browns with a side of fresh biscuits. For the vegetarians in your group, there is the veggie scrambler skillet (scrambled eggs, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and mushrooms, topped off with shredded cheddar and served with hash browns and biscuits).
  • Creative waffle combinations, including the bacon waffle, strawberry waffle, blueberry waffle, apple raisin waffle, chocolate chip waffle, pecan waffle, and pineapple banana pecan waffle.
  • Awesome omelet options, including pepperoni and mozzarella, cheddar cheese, triple cheese, bacon and cheese, sausage and cheese, ham and cheese, the western omelet (with ham, onions, peppers, and cheese), vegetarian omelet (with onions, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and cheese), south of the border omelet (with chorizo sausage, salsa, and cheese and served with salsa and sour cream), the harvester (including bacon, onions, peppers, tomatoes, hash browns, and cheese), and the Red Rooster (with onions, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon, sausage, ham, and cheese).

If you would prefer the lunch menu, your options include classics like hamburgers, cheeseburgers, patty melts, Reuben sandwiches, BBQ pork sandwiches, chicken breast sandwiches, tuna melts, grilled cheese, grilled ham and cheese, BLTs, and fried egg sandwiches. They also offer deluxe club sandwich options and a number of tasty salads.

No, there’s nothing fancy about the Red Rooster except the food, but truthfully, isn’t that all you care about in a down-home restaurant anyway?

Insider Tips:

  • If you want to avoid a line at breakfast, get there early. The parking lot begins to fill up and people are in line by 9:00 a.m.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Staff tends to be good about helping you come up combinations that are right for you.