Slurp an oyster or crack a crab claw at raw bars stocked by the following Maryland restaurants.

AE (American Express), DC, (Diners Club), CB (Carte Blanche), MC (MasterCard), V (Visa) and C (Choice). "Free parking" indicates the restaurant has a lot; otherwise, expect street and commercial parking. "Full bar" indicates the restaurant is licensed to serve spirits, wine and beer. "Children" indicates that reduced-price children's portions are available upon request.

Bay & Surf Seafood Restaurant, 14411 Baltimore Ave., Laurel (on U.S. Rte. 1). 776-7021. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Children. Price range for raw bar is $3.95 to $5.95. Raw bar specialties include clams and oysters on the half shell in season, shrimp cocktail, stuffed oysters, clams casino, mushroom caps stuffed with crab imperial or shrimp salad, Baltimore-style crab fluffs (crabcake dipped in special batter and deep-fried), steamed clams and oysters, jumbo backfin lump cocktail, blue crab claw cocktail (with shell removed).

Cracked Claw, 19815 Frederick Rd., Germantown. 428-0588. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Cards: AE, MC, V. Free parking in the field surrounding the restaurant. Full bar. Children. Raw bar price range is $3.50 to $14.95. Raw bar specialties are spiced shrimp, oysters and clams on the half shell and steamed, as well as Maryland blue crabs. An all-you-can eat shrimp and crab feast is available on Thursday night for $14.95 a person.

Crisfield Sea Food Restaurant, 8012 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 589-1306. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. No cards. Cash only. Free parking after 6 p.m. in Tires of Silver Spring lot. Beer and wine only. Children's platters. Price range for raw bar specialties is $3 to $7. Raw bar specialties are clams on the half shell, oysters in season, shrimp cocktail, spiced shrimp and crab fingers.

EJ's Landing Seafood Restaurant, 8601 Baltimore Blvd., College Park. 474-5951. Hours: 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Children. Raw bar price range is $1.90 to $3.95. Raw bar specialties are steamed clams or clams on the half shell, oysters steamed or on the half shell, spiced shrimp, Alaskan King crab legs, cream of crab or Maryland crab soups, shrimp cocktail.

Jaws & Claws Seafood, 7206 Muncaster Mill Rd. (in the Red Mill Shopping Center), Derwood. 921-4488. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Cards: MC, V, C. Free parking. Wine and beer. Children. Price range for raw bar is $3.95 to $6. Raw bar specialties include steamed cherrystone clams, spiced shrimp, oysters and clams on the half shell, Maryland crab and New England clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, all ordered from the menu, as well as broiled and fried platters and hot, steamed crabs by the dozen or the bushel, spiced shrimp by the quarter, half or full pound.

O'Donnell's Restaurant, 8301 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 656-6200. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V and C. Free parking in lot across the street. Full bar. Children. Price range is $1.50 to $5.95. Raw bar specialties are clams and oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, spiced shrimp and crabcake sandwiches served at the bar from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. during happy hour.