Located in Atlantic Beach (Beach Cities), One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa is close to Jacksonville Beach Pier and Adventure Landing. This 4.5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park and Mayport Naval Station.
Make yourself at home in one of the 193 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers body treatments and facials. You can soak up the sun at the private beach or enjoy other recreational amenities including a health club and an outdoor pool. Additional features include a concierge desk, supervised childcare/activities, and babysitting/childcare.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge, and parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
The best kept dinner secret is available here when you take advantage of the convenience of adding frozen food to your diet.
Even the simplest recipes call for oil and vinegar, so make sure you have plenty to go around.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Melissa's Sandwich Shop.
Don't settle for bland food. Pick up some spices and seasonings from here and make your next meal a hit.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
Maximize your evening time by relying on the amazing TV dinners available here.
Cereal doesn't have to be boring! A breakfast box is a great addition to your morning, packed full of flavor and crunchy delight.
Upgrade your barbecue by selecting from the fine meats available here.
Need a sandwich for lunch or toast to compliment your hearty breakfast? Grab a loaf of bread today.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from Melissa's Sandwich Shop.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Pick up some noodles from Melissa's Sandwich Shop and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
If you're looking for a great coffee or tea beverage, the team at Melissa's Sandwich Shop will help you out.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Melissa's Sandwich Shop.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Be prepared for emergencies by exploiting Melissa's Sandwich Shop's amazing stock of canned foods.
At Melissa's Sandwich Shop, you won't have to worry about forgetting where you parked. There are plenty of parking spaces nearby for you to choose from.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Atlantic Beach's Ragtime Tavern and Seafood Grill — this Atlantic Beach seafood spot has quite the selection.
A healthy lifestyle starts with the food you eat, and Ragtime Tavern and Seafood Grill is creating innovative healthy meals.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Just around the workday bend are Ragtime Tavern and Seafood Grill's happy hour food and drink bargains.
For no extra charge, utilize Ragtime Tavern and Seafood Grill's free wifi.
In the mood for dinner and dancing? Live music is common at the restaurant, and guests are encouraged to show off their moves.
People tend to swarm the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to reserve space for your party ahead of time.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Ragtime Tavern and Seafood Grill's style.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Parking by the restaurant is a breeze, so feel free to bring your own set of wheels.
Travel by bike to Ragtime Tavern and Seafood Grill and store your bike at a nearby rack.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Ragtime Tavern and Seafood Grill, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Ragtime Tavern and Seafood Grill.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Ragtime Tavern and Seafood Grill and taste test your way through the menu.
When you have seafood on your mind, make your way over to Ragtime Tavern and Seafood Grill and give into your craving.
Whether you love them dunked in ranch dressing or smothered in barbecue sauce, the wings at Neptune Beach's Hurricane Grill and Wings Neptune Beach will fit any taste.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Hurricane Grill and Wings Neptune Beach, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
At Hurricane Grill and Wings Neptune Beach, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Don't ditch your four-legged pal outside — dogs are more than welcome at Hurricane Grill and Wings Neptune Beach.
Take it nice and easy at Hurricane Grill and Wings Neptune Beach, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Hurricane Grill and Wings Neptune Beach to create the perfect night.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Hurricane Grill and Wings Neptune Beach offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
If you're looking for a place to throw down on some wings this weekend, Hurricane Grill and Wings Neptune Beach is the stop for you.
For spaghetti and meatballs that tug at the heartstrings, Mezza Luna Restaurant creates a warm atmosphere perfect for two.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Mezza Luna Restaurant is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Come order a flavorful feast at Mezza Luna Restaurant, and sit outside if it's nice!
Mezza Luna Restaurant visitors enjoy a taste of live music with their food as well.
Dogs are welcome at Mezza Luna Restaurant, so feel free to bring Fido along.
If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Mezza Luna Restaurant is all about comfort.
You can also have Mezza Luna Restaurant cater your next event.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Patrons have access to a nearby parking lot, which also offers valet.
Mezza Luna Restaurant makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Mezza Luna Restaurant accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Make your next date night even more special with delicious Italian fare at the romantic Mezza Luna Restaurant.
Give your dining routine the Italian boot! Try the fabulously authentic dishes at Mezza Luna Restaurant today.
Fans of Al's Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Indulge in gluten-free and healthy menu options at Al's Pizza.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this pizzeria offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this pizzeria.
The patio seating at Al's Pizza is perfect for those warm summer days.
Al's Pizza is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Al's Pizza for catering.
If time is of the essence, this pizzeria's take-out option may be a better fit.
Ample parking is located near Al's Pizza.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Al's Pizza.
A visit to Al's Pizza will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Al's Pizza is a great dining option for any time of day.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Al's Pizza's pizza say it is the absolute best.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Al's Pizza, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at Al's Pizza.
So for a hot slice of mouthwatering flavor, Al's Pizza is the place for you.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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