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Jun 14, 2011 05:09 PM

Where to Buy Inexpensive Steel Bento Box? (preferably East Bay)

I know the places in SF to look, Kamei, Daiso, Japantown...but want to avoid going over the bridge, unless I have to.

I need a couple of small ones, ones with the clips closures.

Anyone know where to look? Any ideas in the East Bay...99 Ranch and places in Oakland Chinatown. If anyone knows a place? If you know for sure where you can get them in SF, that'll work but it'll have to wait.

Thanks in Advance.

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    1. re: wolfe

      Yup the middle one...that's the ticket.

      1. re: wolfe

        I am 99% sure I spied the stainless steel ones at Berkeley Bowl West last week, in their cookware aisle.

        1. re: AntarcticWidow

          I was wrong ... BBW sells a 2-tier tiffin set (picture attached). I thought they were nice. They kind of remind me of the Chinese stacking steel lunch box, as seen in "Eat, Drink, Man, Woman".

      2. There's a new Daiso on Telegraph Ave. (close to the UC Berkeley campus).

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        1. re: betterbeheaven

          Wow, that's news to me. Seems like everyone likes cheapo Japanese kitchen-y stuff...but especially students.

          1. re: ML8000

            there's an even newer Daiso in Alameda


            though as Wolfe's 3rd link shows, all plastic & aluminum bentos

        2. Can try Ichiban Kan in El Cerrito. Think they have a website that links their SF store also.

          1. I bought this one from Whole foods Berkeley for $20 or so.
            Three Piece Stainless Steel Lunch Box Set
            It works well for me.

            1. I think they sell them at Whole Paycheck.
              But I'd call Tokyo Fish and see if they sell them in the store. They have a great selection of japanese cookware, and why not support a local shop?

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              1. re: escargot3

                I second Tokyo Fish and also would try Korean Plaza on Telegraph in Oakland.

                1. re: Bigshadetree

                  Didn't see any at the Tokyo Fish gift shop.