Whether we've all realized it or not, in a sense, we've all become foodies of some sort, and the proof is in the content that we digest (no pun intended) the most.

Food Network shows, YouTube features like Dave Portnoy's insanely popular One Bite Pizza Reviews, the existence of published digital features like Food & Wine, and the list goes on and on.

For the most part, though, (maybe outside of One Bite Pizza Reviews), the chefs or restaurants featured on these shows or in these publications through professional-type critics.

However, one media firm is looking to change the game for locally owned restaurants.

America's Best Restaurants via Facebook
America's Best Restaurants via Facebook
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America's Best Restaurants

Self-defined as "a national media firm focused on highlighting independent restaurants," America's Best Restaurants is essentially all about what's in their name -- navigating the nation to highlight the best locally owned restaurants in different areas.

However, unlike the restaurants that get love through professional critics and food experts, like Portnoy does for his One Bite Pizza Reviews, the crew with America's Best Restaurants leans on the local people eating at and raving about these best restaurants in America.

Which is what brought the America's Best Restaurant crew to Maine to check out and highlight eight of our local favorites.

America's Best Restaurants via Facebook
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America's Best Restaurants Maine

The great thing is before video filmed at these specific local restaurants is edited and fully produced into actual episodes, more often than not, a crew member from ABR will go live on Facebook to give both a heads up and behind the scenes look at the places near you that you may not even realize exist or are being featured, exist and are being featured.

The following eight spots were loved and recommended enough by locals to be nominated for featuring by America's Best Restaurants, in no particular order.

 

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