Gatlinburg, Tennessee is known as the gateway to the famed Smoky Mountains National Park and is a popular vacation destination. Kids and adults both can find lots to do, see, and experience here. While vacationing, be sure to check out these great Gatlinburg restaurants to do brunch with the kiddos. Pancake Pantry The Pancake Pantry has been around since 1960 when founders, Jim and June Gerding, opened the doors to the first pancake house in Gatlinburg. One visit and the Pancake Pantry will become a favorite of the little ones.