Valdez’s restaurants, while nothing special, should satisfy for a night or two. The Alaska Halibut House, 208 Meals Ave (t 907/835-2788) serves budget halibut sandwiches and salmon wedges. Oil-boom survivor The Pipeline Club, 136 Egan Drive (t 907/835-4332), is also worth a try for top-quality steak and seafood, as well as for its lively dark bar.

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