The Bento Box

Critics' pick
Photograph: Michael Jarecki
Bento Box
Bucktown

With just a dozen seats and five main courses, this shoebox of a restaurant seems to traffic in smallness. But slurp rice noodles in a Thai chili-scented broth, or take a bite of the complex curries or juicy bulgogi in one of the namesake bento boxes, and you’ll be hit by big Asian flavors, fresh ingredients (such as Jidori chicken) and the sense that the chef—Rick Spiros—is cooking with some real gusto. Tip: The menu changes daily, and when Spiros says barbecue-pork steamed buns, you better run.

Venue name: The Bento Box
Contact:
Address: 2246 W Armitage Ave
Chicago

Cross street: between Oakley Ave and Leavitt St
Opening hours: Dinner (closed Sun)
Transport: El stop: Blue to Western (O'Hare). Bus: 49, 56, 73.
Price: Average main course: $15
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