There's a reason why television shows like Diners, Drive-ins and Dives are so popular. People love to visit restaurants that are brand new or that they've never heard of. In some cases, it's as simple as trying to find your next favorite place to go.

So what if you tried to visit every single restaurant in Maine? Every eatery in all sixteen counties? And you didn't just pop in for a quick visit; you sat down with another person and had a delicious meal before hitting the road again for the next stop. How long would it take?

The Key Factors in Determining How Long

Believe it or not, Maine is home to more than 3,200 eateries from the mountains to the oceanside and everywhere in between. That includes restaurants that operate seasonally, as well as year-round.


According to the, the average sit-down meal for a party of two at a restaurant is roughly 60 minutes. With those two key factors in mind, we can pull together a rough estimate of how long it would take you and guest to eat at every single restaurant in Maine.

The Hours, the Days, the Years...

Just the basic math of visiting 3,200 restaurants and spending an hour there dining on delicious food leaves you at a brisk 192,000 hours invested in chowing down.


Put that math into days, and it would take you roughly 8,000 days to complete the cycle of visiting every single Maine restaurant. In fact, the math shows that you could spend nearly 22 years of your life visiting every single restaurant in Maine, and never eat at the same place twice.

The Factors Not Considered

While the numbers of hours, days, and even years invested look eye-popping, there's a pair of key factors that weren't even considered. Since Maine is such a large state, the travel time to visit all 3,200 eateries would be substantial.

Map of Maine, USA.

Additionally, everyone has their food limit, and you simply couldn't eat a sit-down meal every single hour of every single day for 22 straight years. The conclusion is simple: no one will ever eat a sit-down meal at every restaurant in Maine in their lifetime. It's simply not possible.


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