One of my favorite activities is to drive around the state looking for new establishments to dine at. My wife and I will travel hours based on a review, article, tip, or social media post. It's fun, adventurous, and always satisfies the pallet.

While touring Maine, we have eaten at iconic diners, great pubs, outstanding sandwich shops, and delicious pizza parlors. The Pine Tree State is not lacking for great places to enjoy a fine meal.

We spend massive amounts of time discussing and dissecting every little aspect about the Maine restaurant scene. Whether it's Portland, the surrounding area, Bar Harbor, the Midcoast, Downeast, the Western Foothills, or the Southern Coast, this state is an absolute gold mine.

With this being the case, it's easy for us Mainers to find our favorites. They may not be down the street, but it doesn't matter. If it's good, its good.

Plenty of these establishments may still be quite a drive for some of their biggest fans to make. Count me as one of those people. My wife and I aren't just looking for new establishments. We may be making a bit of a drive to hit one of our favorite places. And I know that we're not alone.

So, we put out the call for the joints that Mainers are willing to drive at least an hour to get to. Now, thanks to our stations' social media, we can put some names to those establishments.

Below is a list of many of those restaurants that were suggested to us. They vary in size, concept, and location. Some have opened recently, while others have been community staples for years. However, they are all true Maine originals.

You can see the entire list below.

I do hope you enjoy the drive to your next food destination.

35 Maine Restaurants That are Worth a Long Drive to Get to

Thanks to our great listeners we were able to compile a list of many of Maine's great restaurants, cafes, pubs and bakeries that are worth a long drive to get to.

These great spots can be found across the state and waiting for you to give them a try.

How many have you been to?

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