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Not Your Mother's PB & J Lunchbox

By Amy Cavanaugh |

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The days of boring PB & J and apples tucked into your superhero lunchbox are long gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great boxed lunch – enter the much more adult bento box. Here are some new boxes around town.

  • At Sepia, Chef Andrew Zimmerman offers the Pinto Box, named for designer Maria Pinto, whose store used to be next to the restaurant. The three-course lunch box has a changing menu but has included dishes such as roasted beet, radish and blue cheese salad, pasta with tuna confit and olives, and cookies.
  • The new Arami Go, an offshoot of West Town’s Arami, recently opened in Streeterville. The build-your-own bento box deal lets you choose a main dish, such as slow-roasted pork belly or spicy tuna tartare, rice or soba noodles, miso grilled vegetables like sprouts or sweet potatoes, and edamame.
  • We’ve also mentioned the new Bento Brunch at Slurping Turtle, which allows you to build-your-own box each Sunday. Choose items like chicken yakitori skewers, vegetable tempura, and sashimi.
  • For a different type of bento, Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ offers whiskey bento boxes. Choose a 375 ml bottle, like Knob Creek, Maker’s Mark, or Hudson Baby Bourbon, and it will come in a box with pickles, cheese, chocolate, and other bites.

Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ
441 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-1900

Slurping Turtle
116 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 464-0466

Arami Go
203 East Ohio Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 245-3003

123 North Jefferson Street
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 441-1920