Just a quick note on the "best fried clams" issue....while The Clam Box in Ipswich is indeed terrific and has been, for years, my favorite stop for fried clams, I found myself in Kennebunkport, Me. this week and stopped at the Clam Shack. Wow! Absolutely spectacular clams...crisp, plump, just the right grease-factor. Highly recommended!
Also good is the previously mentioned Sea Basket on Rt. 1 in Wiscasset, but scallops are the way to go there.