So, you’ve been eyeing all the new restaurants around or have been thinking of making a return trip to an old favorite.

Well, there is no time like the present — as Biddeford Saco Restaurant Week is coming right up, starting March 13, and winding down on March 19, said Delilah Poupore, director of Heart of Biddeford, one of the event coordinators.

Twenty-three restaurants in the two cities are participating, she said, and are offering unique specials, promotional discounts — who doesn’t love a bargain —, or special events.

“The offerings range from Palace Diner serving a special hashbrown to LaundrYup holding a competition between their two chefs for a prix fixe dinner,” said Poupore. ” Sugar Mama’s in Saco will have specials on their smoothies, avocado toast plus a free cake pop with a $25 purchase. It’s just a great chance for the restaurants to do some experimentation and the community to do some exploring!”

To check out participating restaurants, go to:

To encourage people to try some new spots during the special week, every time people dine-in or do take-out, they will be  asked to go to a link on the Restaurant Week website and fill out a quick survey, said Poupore, and will be entered to win one of three $100 gift cards to participating businesses.

Biddeford Saco Restaurant Week is coordinated by HOB, Saco Main Street, and the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce. This year, sponsors are Saco & Biddeford Savings and the City of Biddeford.

Participating businesses have agreed to donate at least $50 to the goal of raising $2,000 for Youth Full Maine, which manages school food pantries and distributes fresh produce for students to bring home for themselves and their family members.

“Each year when we add a charitable component to the week so that Restaurant Week is intended to benefit a broader cross-section of our community,” said Poupore.