Food TV Shows

I can't tell you how many hours I have wasted devoted my life to food-oriented television programming. Realty shows, game shows, travel shows, holiday shows, the concept doesn't matter. If it's about food, I'll give it a shot.

It's also a wonderful way to discover restaurants in towns or places of travel interest.

However, nothing beats when a restaurant or chef from Maine is featured. I don't know if it's the collective chip on Mainers' shoulders, but the level of proud can't be measured. Our restaurants and people are really just our children. And, when they make it big, well, we think we all do.

Greater Portland Food Scene

It is special, though, especially in the Greater Portland area. Maine's largest city and surroundings have a tremendous food reputation. The region has become very trendy over the last two decades. Countless articles and television features have promoted Greater Portland to America's masses, and there's no sign of it slowing down. And then of course, there's the vast number of restaurants and chefs that have been featured on national television programs.

Maine Restaurants on Television

Below is a closer look at 20 Greater Portland restaurants that have proudly been featured nationally on popular foodie television shows like Diners, Drive-ins and DivesBest Thing I Ever AteFood ParadiseDrinking Made Easy, and Man v. Food.

There's no surprise that things trend heavily to seafood, specifically lobster dishes. Lobster is Maine currency, so it's a totally legit strategy by the showrunners.

But there's much more to Portland's cuisine than seafood, and that comes through, whether it be pizza, potato donuts, beer, and more.

Is one of your favorite restaurants on the list? Ready to find new favorites?

20 Greater Portland, Maine, Restaurants That Have Been Featured on National Television Shows

Here's a list of 20 prominent Greater Portland, Maine restaurants that have been featured on national television shows. This is a great representation of the region's incredible food scene.

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