The Bento Box launches Dim Sum Saturday nights

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Vietnamese brisket pho with chili-anise broth

Vietnamese brisket pho with chili-anise broth Photograph: Nicole Schneider

There are two kinds of people in this city: those who depend on, crave and frequently revisit the Bento Box—and those who've never heard of it. I'm squarely in the former group, but for the latter camp: The Bento Box is chef Rick Spiros's tribute to the continent of Asia, a place that elevates bibimbap with juicy, tender hanger steak; that serves massive bowls of noodles with chili-rubbed chicken (one of the 100 Best Things We Ate last year); and that, as of last week, is bringing a little bit of Chinatown to Bucktown with the launch of Dim Sum Saturday nights.


The menu changes weekly, but if last week's is any indication, expect small plates such as pork-and-rice-noodle spring rolls, barbecue-pork steamed buns, shrimp fried rice, steak-and-mushroom chow fun, mussels in lime-leaf curry, Duroc roasted pork belly, yu choy with oyster sauce, pan-fried pork dumplings, shrimp potstickers and housemade kimchi. Dim Sum Saturday nights run from 5:30–10pm, which seems like a good time to remind any Bento Box loyalists that the shop's spring/summer hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 5:30–9pm and Fridays and Saturdays 5:30–10pm (closed Sun–Tue).


Other updates: Spiros is renewing his committment to sourcing product as locally as possible and is now making vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, such as okra-and-eggplant Indian-style curry. Check the menu tab on Bento Box's facebook page for daily menu updates. 2246 W Armitage Ave (773-278-3932).



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