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The days leading up to Valentine’s Day tend to be the slowest days for restaurants in February, but Calvert County is trying to give residents an incentive for braving the cold with the county’s first-ever Restaurant Week.

Modeled after A Taste of Solomons and similar events in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Annapolis, Calvert County Department of Economic Development has brought more than 30 restaurants in the county together for a week of special fixed-price menus from Feb. 1 through 10.

Participating restaurants

Anthony’s Bar and Grill, 10371 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk, MD 20754

Applebee’s, 555 N. Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Back Creek Bistro, 14415 Dowell Road, Dowell, MD 20629

Bistro Belle Maison at The Blue Heron Inn, 14614 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688

Blondie’s Baking Company, 8905 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach, MD 20714

Boomerang’s Original Ribs, 13820 S. Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688

Captain Big’s, 8323 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

The Captain’s Table, 275 Lore Road, Solomons, MD 20688

Chesapeake Grille & Deli, 10092 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk, MD 20754

Crooked I Bar & Grill, 8416 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

Di Giovanni’s Dock of the Bay, 14556 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688

EZ Thai Restaurant, 120 S. Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Fiesta Bar & Grill, 135 Central Square Drive, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

The Frying Pan, 9895 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby, MD 20657

Great American Grill, 13100 Dowell Road, Dowell, MD 20629

Happys Diner, 232 Town Square Drive, Lusby, MD 20657

Heavenly Chicken & Ribs, 10812 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk, MD 20754

IHOP, 680 N. Prince Frederick Blvd., Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Isaac’s Restaurant, 155 Holiday Drive, Solomons, MD 20688

Ledo Pizza, 11777 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby, MD 20657

Lotus Kitchen featuring Kim’s Keylime Pies, 14618 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688

Lunch Box Café, 132 Main St., Suite 100, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Mamma Lucia Restaurant, 10136 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk, MD 20754

Mamma Lucia Restaurant, 862 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Olde Bay Tavern & Trading Company, 4114 7th St., North Beach, MD 20714

Outback Steakhouse, 80 Central Square Dr., Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant, 4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, 906 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Saphron Restaurant, 485 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Smoothie King, 428 N. Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Stoney’s Seafood House, 545 N. Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Stoney’s Solomons Pier, 14575 S. Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688

Traders Seafood Steak & Ale, 8132 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

Yo Mamma’s Chicken Wings and BBQ, 135 W. Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Reservations are encouraged.

For more information about Restaurant Week and the participating restaurants, or to view menus, go to www.choosecalvert.com/index.aspx?NID=177.

Joyce Baki, county tourism specialist, is the one who brought the event to Calvert, said Carrie Lovejoy, the county’s public information specialist.

Lovejoy explained that Baki wanted to try it and see whether it works in a setting like Calvert County.

“We at least want to bring the restaurants together,” Lovejoy said of staff’s hopes for the week.

The number of participating restaurants has exceeded staff’s expectations of 10, Lovejoy said; there are 33 restaurants participating countywide.

“I don’t know how I’ll get to all these places,” Lovejoy said jokingly, adding that all the restaurant specials “are pretty great.”

Scott Adams, owner of The Frying Pan in Lusby, said having the county behind the industry is “tremendous.” He said the event is a great way to get the word out about his “meat and potatoes” restaurant.

During the week, participating restaurants will offer lunch specials from $10 to $15 and dinner specials between $20 and $30, though prices do vary. Some restaurants are offering all-day specials rather than a lunch and/or dinner special, and many of the dinner specials include an appetizer, entree and dessert.

“These folks really took the time to put these menus together,” Lovejoy said of the participating restaurants.

Tax, gratuity, beverages and alcoholic beverages are not included in the special pricing. Although restaurants have created the special menus, patrons still will be able to choose items on a restaurant’s regular menu.

Saphron Restaurant in Prince Frederick has created four fixed-priced menu options for the special week. Owner Charleen Obal said she paired each of the menus with a glass of wine to give the customers something extra.

“We have four separate menus; that way, it gives people a lot of choices,” Obal said.

At the “upscale, white tablecloth” restaurant, Obal said customers “really like the attention we give them. ... I think they like that it makes them feel like home.”

Obal said she hopes Restaurant Week will not only be a success for her but a good way to boost business throughout the county.

“It’s a good way to keep spreading our name,” which Obal said does “mislead” some customers into thinking the restaurant serves Indian cuisine.

Obal said she might try out a few other restaurants that are participating but hopes local restaurants, rather than chains, will take advantage of the business.

Adams said he is hoping the event will bring new customers to The Frying Pan, which has a different dinner menu each night for the event.

“We get to know our customers,” Adams said of the staff at the restaurant, adding that he can call customers by name. “Hospitality. That’s what I try and instill.”

During the week, patrons can enter a drawing for prizes by completing an online feedback form or filling out feedback cards at the restaurants during their visit. According to the Restaurant Week web page, the drawing will take place Feb. 17.

“Our hope is that it will be successful. We’re really excited about Restaurant Week,” Lovejoy said. “I think it’s going to be a really interesting event.”

aharrison@somdnews.com