Bento Lunches
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29th-May-2007 10:03 am
Muhammed Ebi
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Comments 
6th-May-2008 05:53 am (UTC)
Just an update, Julameez in Arakansas is no longer open.
8th-May-2008 01:26 am (UTC) - Greater Philadelphia area
Asian Supermarket
400 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 928-1288

Assi International Plaza
1216 Welsh Road
Lansdale PA 19046
This store is HUGE! It is my favorite by far, but also a bit of a drive. (30-45 mins) They also have a fairly decent housewares section, but I found most of their items a bit pricey.


H mart
7320 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
215-782-1801

Leans more towards Korean style foods, but I did find a sushi maker and some very nice decorative chopsticks. Price wise I thing they are better than the Asian market on Spring Garden. It's also larger and of course has a greater selection of items. I wanted to buy some black rice, but they didn't sell it in bulk and the bags they had were far too large for me.

The Wegman's market in South Jersey also has a decent Asian foods selection. I'll have to double check the exact address.

Edited at 2008-05-08 01:29 am (UTC)
9th-Jun-2008 08:39 am (UTC) - Re: Greater Philadelphia area
If you mean the Wegman's in Moorestown, NJ; they don't have a whole lot of stuff that could be used as bento gear, unfortunately. :(
[my brother used to work there, which is how i know].

There is, however, an Hmart in Cherry Hill nearby that has bona fide bento stuff, and you can find Asian food supplies either there, or at the chinese grocery store a bit further down the road (also in Cherry Hill). I'd say you'd have better luck at either of those places, and for a better price.
9th-Jun-2008 09:25 am (UTC) - Re: Greater Philadelphia area
I mean the Wegman's in Cherry Hill. It's on rte 70 near where the old Garden State racetrack used to be. They have a nice selcetion of ethinic foods in general.

I'll have the check out the Hmart over there and look for this Chinese grocery.

Edited at 2008-06-09 09:32 am (UTC)
9th-Jun-2008 09:30 am (UTC) - Re: Greater Philadelphia area
ETA
On a second visit to the Hmart I was able to find a smaller bag of black rice.

Assi food prices are average, but their housewares are a tiny bit pricey (IMO)

Wegman
2100 Route 70 West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
856-488-2700
14th-May-2008 03:07 am (UTC) - One more for Philadelphia, PA
Hong Kong Supermarket
501 Adams Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19120
215-728-1300

Bigger than the Asian market on 4th & Spring Garden, but not as neat (IMO). Pretty large selection of items and the prices of slightly cheaper. I priced a bottle of pounzo sauce and H & K had it for $.30 cheaper. They also had a smallish bento section, but they were mostly one tier child sized ones. However they had a family sized thermal tiffin that I may go back and pick up.
19th-May-2008 05:34 pm (UTC) - Bento Report: San Diego
Daiso/Marukai San Diego Plaza
8111 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92111

This is actually the third in a group of 3 Marukai stores. The first store is a bonafide market, the second is mostly furniture and housewares, but the Daiso store has all sorts of lovely stationary and bento items.

Mitsuwa has already been listed, but I'd just like to say that it's really expensive. The cheapest character bento they had was a Hello Kitty one for $8, while the most expensive were the Totoros for $20.
9th-Jun-2008 08:35 am (UTC) - SF Bay Area (Peninsula) and South Jersey
Not sure if these have already been added, but I'm procrastinating on a paper that's due tomorrow...eek.

SF Bay Area:

Marino Foods
10122 Bandley Dr
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 255-2648
[ ... a Chinese grocery store with limited bento items in stock - I think mostly sushi supplies; last time I was there I also saw some Natural Leaf bento boxes].

Daiso
550 Showers Dr
Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 947-9317
[...like most Daiso's around here, an extensive bento section - boxes, bands, bags, mayo cups, utensils, chopsticks, cutters, molds, paper and silicone cups, picks, etc. But the stock changes all the time, so no guarantees on what you might find there on any given week].

[I'm also told that Nijiya Market on El Camino in Mountain View has some stuff that can be used for bento, but I've never been there, so I can't confirm this].

South Jersey (Southern New Jersey):

H Mart
1720 Marlton Pike E
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
(856) 489-4611
[...a Korean grocery store; has some sushi supplies and several types of bento boxes and bags in the housewares section; in particular, the Natural Leaf brand in several sizes. But kind of expensive.]
16th-Jun-2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
This location is no longer:

Banzai of Brighton Beach
413 Brighton Beach Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11235
718-891-8549

But it is a nice walk, at least.
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This store sells Laptop Lunches, several styles of Mr. Bento, and those metallic two-layer lunch thingies. Not a huge selection (and a bit expensive), but actual in-person bento supplies, for once! Huzzah!

Home Green Home
215 the Commons, Ithaca NY, 14850
607-319-4159
28th-Jul-2008 07:54 pm (UTC) - Boston-area bento
Anonymous
Every Little Thing
163 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134

Small selection of Sanrio (mostly Hello Kitty) bento boxes and bags.
7th-Aug-2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Hi, just commenting to add one to the very small list of UK shops!

The Japanese Shop on Coppergate in York has a (very) small but nice range of bento boxes. It also sells the kind of sushi kits and accessories that are intended as gifts.

The Japanese Shop Ltd
7 Coppergate Walk
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 9NT
18th-Aug-2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
I've got a list of several shops to add in the Houston, Texas area:

Nippon Daido
11146 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77042 USA

Japanese supermarket, at the corner of Westheimer and Wilcrest. Selection of bento items varies, but there are usually at least a few basics, and of course you can get all your Japanese groceries to fill your box.

Little Surprise
11205 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072

This is a toy store that's in Hong Kong City Mall, at the corner of Bellaire and Wilcrest. A few bento boxes, and quite a bit of bags, thermos, cutlery and chopsticks, and drink bottles, with various characters (Sanrio and others).

Dunhuang Supermarket
9889 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX 77036

A few rather plain bento boxes, but plenty of Lock & Lock boxes (plastic and glass) and other containers. Good selection of kitchenware for the home.

Dynasty Gift Shop
9600 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036

Inside the Metrobank Dynasty Plaza, in the mall area (enter in the center). Nifty little shop, with lots of small treasures. Plenty of gadgets and accessories; be sure to look all around, not just in the kitchenware area, as some character items are sorted with other things for that character instead of with the kitchenware.

Diho Market Inc
9280 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036

Moshi Moshi Gift Shop
9188 Bellaire Blvd. Suite Q.
Houston, TX 77036

In Diho Square, on the outlot block, on the side facing the food market (away from the street). Sanrio and other character items; selection varies but there are usually some bento items, and sometimes character onigiri molds and the like.

H Mart
1302 Blalock Rd.
Houston
TX 77055

Biggest selection of bento boxes that I've seen locally, with a variety from little children's size box sets to large men's boxes; prices aren't outrageous. Lots of Lock & Lock boxes, including the glass ones. Lots of cutlery/chopstick sets, including those cute little "learner" chopsticks. Gadget and accessory selection is unfortunately basic. Great food choices, including pre-made stuff. The little gift shop in the front sometimes has Hello Kitty and other character bento boxes and such.

Sanrio
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy, TX 77494

Sanrio outlet in Katy Mills mall; at the far west end, near Entry 1.

4th-Oct-2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
In the UK, try the Japan Centre in Piccadilly in London. It has a restaurant on one side (which bakes wonderful edamame bread), a bookstore in the basement and a supermarket selling food and bento kit on the groundfloor at the back. Other than that, the UK's a bit of a bento desert.

The Chinese Wing Yip centres (there's a big one at Croydon) do stock some Japanese stuff but it's very much a sideline compared to the Chinese and Thai products on offer.
4th-Oct-2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
For London, UK
http://www.japancentre.com/
Japan Centre
212-213 Piccadilly
London
W1J 9HX
UK

They sell a LOT of things, from boxes (Daiso mostly) to moulds, food etc.
5th-Oct-2008 04:54 am (UTC) - sorry if this has been answered, ...
but i cannot find anything ANYWHERE NEAR Jacksonville, Florida!

does anyone know of any bento-friendly stores that may sellt he boxes?

any store i have needed, since moving here, seem to all be located in ORLANDO!
- Lush homemade bath & beauty is one example
- Sanrio store is another.

somebody please help me

6th-Oct-2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
UK Stores...

The Japan Centre
212-213 Piccadilly
London
W1J 9HX
www.japancentre.com
Sells Boxes, food stuffs, moulds, and bento accessories as well as books and other useful things

Mount Fuji
Unit K2 3 &4
Birmingham Bullring
Spicial Street
Birmingham
B5 4BH
www.mountfuji.co.uk
More a restaurant than a shop, but the online site does a variety of food stuffs and has good delivery times, the restaurant does sell some things too - Pocky Sticks, Koaras etc.
11th-Oct-2008 12:41 am (UTC) - Atlanta Area
I live near Atlanta and have recently been trying to visit the stores listed for this area and thought I might post my comments:

Super H-Mart in Duluth:
Got a couple lock and lock boxes (they have a *super* selection of different lock and lock boxes) and some snacks. The produce section looked like it had some good deals, but I didn't buy anything--yet! Maybe next time. :D

Tomato in Norcross:
Got a bunch of snacks. Have discovered that I <3 Pudding Marshmallows! *scuffle/blush*

Buford Hwy Farmer's Market:
Got Kinder Surprise! Didn't realise anywhere carried those, and was very happy to find them. [Not bento related, but they are yummy and I was happy *scuffle*] The *best* part though, was I found a set of 4 veggie cutters that included 2 different sizes of sakura blossom! I have been wanting some of those *badly* but have not wanted to pay shipping to order them online. Yay!

I haven't been to 99 Ranch Market yet just because I was tired after I finished walking around at BHFM, but am planning to go there next! :D
30th-Oct-2008 09:22 pm (UTC) - San Diego
There's a Marukai Market/Daiso that has opening in San Diego. 8111 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111

There are three stores in one area. Market, Living, and Daiso. Living and Daiso both have boxes, but Daiso has the most. It's also cheaper than the Living portion. The Market has the food items. :)
1st-Feb-2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Morning Glory in Arizona is no longer open, the owner's daughter was in my class and they recently moved out of state and closed up shop. Any leftovers they had were sold to the Korean video store next to them.
5th-Apr-2009 04:28 pm (UTC) - Nashville, TN
There's a Sanrio store in Opry Mills Mall that carries Hello Kitty and other character bento and more western style insulated lunch boxes.

Sanrio
Opry Mills Mall
433 Opry Mills Dr
Nashville, TN 37214

For a limited range of things like metal food cups, training chopsticks, lock n lock, etc. try K&S World Market (2 locations). The location on Nolensville Pk has more dishes and generally fresher produce, but each carries a slightly different range of stuff.

K&S World Market
5861 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37246

Turn at the giant green Storage sign. Stocks produce on Thursdays, be advised. There's another smaller Asian market across the parking lot which carries some stuff K&S doesn't (no bento) and has an awesome lunch counter in the back for sweets and stuff.

K&S World Market
4225 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

If you travel on 40W, you pass a Dollar Tree on your right (in a plaza with Kroger) after you get off. Also worth a look see every once in a while for supplies like shaped punches, etc.
1st-May-2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Happy Japan
1204 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37216
(P) 615-943-6369
http://www.happyjapan.net

Small shop that just started up-- the only Tennessee shop I have found so far.
They have bento boxes, onigiri molds, cookie cutters, egg molds, and a few other things that were mentioned to me that I wasn't show.
Currently (as of May 1st, 2009) the physical shop is only open from 12-6 Sat and Sun, but they ship internationally and across the nation.
The business just started up, so the shop is good about adding things every month.
1st-May-2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, heh, didn't see the above post- I FAIL.
3rd-May-2009 12:32 pm (UTC) - It's okay
No worries, the more listings the merrier. I just wish someone would come back and update the list so you don't have to read through all the comments.
4th-Aug-2010 12:53 am (UTC) - Pittsburgh, PA
Kawaii Gifts has three locations around Pittsburgh. They mostly carry cute Japanese stationary, but they also carry San X character bento. Expensive though, $12-25 for boxes.

http://www.shopkawaii.com

1000 Ross Park Mall Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

401 Pittsburgh Mills Circle
Tarentum, PA 15084

5413 B Walnut St
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
18th-May-2011 04:59 am (UTC)
There's a store in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Tokyo Discount
9890 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89183
www.myspace.com/tokyodiscount

This is a Japanese import store. This store has an aisle of Japanese housewares including rice, and egg molds. They have bento boxes, sauce containers and other accessories.
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