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

ML8000 Jun 14, 2011 05:09 PM

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.

  1. wolfe Jun 14, 2011 05:28 PM

    Not like this?


    But like this.


    nd definitely not like this.


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    1. re: wolfe
      ML8000 Jun 14, 2011 05:49 PM

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

      1. re: wolfe
        AntarcticWidow Feb 13, 2012 08:14 PM

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

        1. re: AntarcticWidow
          AntarcticWidow Feb 14, 2012 06:37 PM

          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".

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        betterbeheaven Jun 14, 2011 05:30 PM

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

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        1. re: betterbeheaven
          ML8000 Jun 14, 2011 05:50 PM

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

          1. re: ML8000
            drewskiSF Feb 13, 2012 11:03 PM

            there's an even newer Daiso in Alameda


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

        2. k
          kc72 Jun 14, 2011 05:54 PM

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

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            ebayboy Jun 14, 2011 07:57 PM

            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. escargot3 Feb 14, 2012 09:58 AM

              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
                Bigshadetree Feb 14, 2012 06:16 PM

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

                1. re: Bigshadetree
                  Glencora Feb 15, 2012 04:55 PM

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

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                rebeccakinney Feb 15, 2012 10:42 AM

                I'm pretty sure that I've seen them at Rainbow Co-op in SF.

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                  sydthekyd Feb 15, 2012 06:15 PM

                  Milan in West Berkeley.

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                  1. re: sydthekyd
                    wolfe Feb 15, 2012 06:42 PM

                    At Milan are you sure it's not a tiffin box?

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                    rebeccakinney Feb 17, 2012 10:17 AM

                    Container Store has them:
                    Not exactly cheap but I think you can find coupons online.

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