It’s the most important meal of the day—so why settle for anything less than the best? From pancake houses with a cult-like following to classic diners passed down from generation to generation, we put together a few places you’ve got to eat breakfast at while you’re in Haywood County.
With a name like that, how could you not get a biscuit here? They’re huge, delicious, buttery—and they’re the reason The Buttered Biscuit was named one of Our State Magazine’s Best Places to Get Your Biscuit Fix. Pro tip: their Country Folks Special hits the spot every time. Is your mouth watering yet?
For the past 50 years, Maggie Valley Restaurant has been a local icon—and a favorite breakfast spot for travelers and locals alike. You can’t go wrong with anything here, but we’re fans of their biscuits and blueberries pancakes. With authentic, country-cooked dishes on every corner of the menu, you’ll want to stop by to fuel up for a long day of adventuring in the Valley!
Kornerstone is serving up homestyle breakfast dishes every morning until 10:30. Try the favorites you know and love—like pancakes, eggs, and grits—or try something new, like their Jalapeño bacon or gravy-smothered biscuits.
From the breakfast plates to the omelets to the shrimp and grits, there’s full country flavor packed into every bite. The food is spectacular, but the restaurant’s favorite feature, according to most who’ve stopped by? The owner, Val. When you’re here, you’re more than just another customer to him: for the morning, you’re family! Expect a warm smile and friendly atmosphere throughout your meal. Pop’s is definitely going to end up on your list of favorite Haywood County restaurants after you swing by.
Highway 209 is a gorgeous stretch of asphalt that’ll take you up by Lake Junaluska, right along the Pigeon River, and eventually, to Haywood 209 Cafe. Here, they’re whipping up overflowing breakfast plates and serving locally-roasted coffee from Smoky Mountain Roasters—all for shockingly reasonable prices. Don’t leave without trying the Toad in a Hole for breakfast! But they’re not just a breakfast spot: you can also stop by here for lunch, dinner, and late-night milkshakes whenever you get cravings—or want an excuse to make the drive again.
One of Waynesville’s most famous and long-standing restaurants, Clyde’s has been serving traditional Southern cooking for almost 80 years now. We recommend trying the grilled biscuit to go along with your breakfast order. Getting to Clyde’s is easy too—just follow Main Street south until you get to Walmart, then find them right across the street.
Joey’s Pancake House has a massive fanbase, with hungry travelers driving into Maggie Valley from states away just to get a taste of their signature country ham or melt-in-your-mouth pancakes and waffles.
Want to really eat like a local? Then you’ve got to go where the locals eat! Sherrill’s is one of the best places to get a country-style breakfast in Haywood County—arguably one of the best places in the world to get biscuits and gravy. One of the most recognizable and unique landmarks in Clyde is right across the road, too. Be sure to ask your server for the story behind the Big Gun!
Ask any local: food is sacred around here. From preparation to service in our family-owned restaurants, you can expect extra attention to detail and expert catering at your table. Have you eaten at any of these places? Head over to our Facebook page and let us know which restaurant is your favorite and what you got to eat! And make sure to tag us @visitncsmokies and #haynow in your foodie pics.