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12 Jam-Packed Bento Box Lunches to Grab in Atlanta

Bento boxes in Atlanta featuring bites of sashimi and nigiri, Korean fried chicken, tempura vegetables, and teriyaki pork paired with rice, soup, and salad

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For people seeking an affordable yet filling meal, especially during a rushed lunch hour, it’s hard to beat the convenience of a bento box. These compact meals, most often found at Japanese restaurants, traditionally feature rice, soup, and salad served with one or two other dishes, like sushi, tempura vegetables, or teriyaki chicken, which can all be easily consumed by one person. Bento boxes are frequently served at Thai, Chinese, and Korean restaurants, too. Some restaurants feature a bento box as an all-in-one dine-in option served during both lunch and dinner with a selection of daily specials. It’s a great choice for folks enjoying a meal at the bar or dining solo. Below, Eater rounded up a few bento box meals served at restaurants around Atlanta.

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Yakitori Jinbei

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While this sushi bento box order must be placed 48 hours in advance, it’s worth the wait and the expense. The neatly packaged omakase bento box includes a sashimi appetizer, sashimi, an assortment of nigiri, and maki for $89.

Pijiu Belly

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Offered as a dine-in lunch special, Tuesday through Friday, the bento box at Pijiu Belly features rice, salad, miso soup, a choice of pork or vegetable dumplings, and a main dish, like fried tofu and Brussels sprouts or grill chicken, beef, or salmon, for between $10 and $14 per meal.

Wagaya - Westside

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The jewel boxes served during lunch at Wagaya feature a choice of sashimi or teriyaki or katsu proteins served with rice, greens, edamame, pickles, cucumbers, baby radishes, and a cup of miso soup. Jewel box lunches average $15 per person. There’s also a location at Emory Village.

Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft

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While mostly known for dinner and a great view of the Midtown skyline from the bar, don’t skip lunch at this Thai restaurant, which includes the Tuk Tuk Lunch Box. Expect a bowl of soup, fragrant rice, and two Thai dishes when that tower of hot tins hits the table at lunch on the weekdays. It’s all just $14.

Hsu's Gourmet

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Since 1989, this family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving Chinese and American Chinese classics in downtown Atlanta. That includes a three-course Peking duck feast for two during dinner. At lunch, enjoy a $14 bento box complete with steamed or fried rice, egg drop soup and crab angel and a choice of main dishes, like sweet and sour chicken.

Sushi Nami

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With locations in Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, and Suwanee, Sushi Nami is a popular spot for its namesake menu option. But at lunch, the restaurant also offers two bento boxes with chicken or beef teriyaki, shrimp and vegetable tempura, and a California roll or one with salmon teriyaki, vegetable tempura, gyoza, and a tuna roll.

Circle Sushi

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For $18, a bento box lunch at Circle Sushi in Roswell comes with a choice of tempura or teriyaki protein and a sushi combination, including a California roll and two pieces of nigiri or eel and an avocado roll. A larger, more elaborate bento box option is offered during dinner featuring nigiri, sashimi, shumai, hand rolls, teriyaki, tempura, and fish. It comes with miso soup or salad for $26.

Sushi Avenue

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Lunch at Sushi Avenue in Decatur features a bento box with miso soup, salad, and rice with a choice of two mains, including sushi, gyoza, tempura, and teriyaki dishes for under $10.

Cuckoo's Cafe

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This Taiwanese snacks and bubble tea spot also includes a location in Duluth. And among its many menu options is a section dedicated to Taiwanese bento boxes, referred to as bian dang in Mandarin. For just under $13, a Cuckoo’s bento features a main dish like crispy Taiwanese fried chicken, Taiwanese sausage, or minced pork with daily vegetable sides, rice, and an egg. Throw in a side of crispy fried tofu and some sesame balls for dessert, and pair it all with taro milk tea or a refreshing passionfruit slushie.

Hello Chicken

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No matter the time of day, the bento box from this Korean fried chicken restaurant on Buford Highway is always on the menu. Choose from mains like bulgogi, KFC, spicy pork, or deep-fried fish, which then come served with rice, salad, dumplings, and tteokbokki (simmered rice cakes) for between $13 and $17.

The Bite of Korea

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This Korean street food restaurant from Gavin Lee and Chloe Jung recently opened at the Hugh Howell Marketplace in Tucker. On weekdays, the Bite of Korea offers a lunch box special (or dosirak) featuring a choice of meat (bulgogi, jeyuk pork, or Korean fried chicken), fried or white rice, soup and salad, batter-fried vegetables, and mandu (dumplings) for $15.

Xiao's Way Noodle House

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Known for its selection of dim sum, dumplings, and Shanghai and Hong Kong noodle soups, Xiao’s Way Noodle House also features bento boxes during lunch that include mains like Kung Pao chicken, Mongolian beef, or garlic shrimp with rice and a choice of three vegetable sides. A bento box here is around $12.

Yakitori Jinbei

While this sushi bento box order must be placed 48 hours in advance, it’s worth the wait and the expense. The neatly packaged omakase bento box includes a sashimi appetizer, sashimi, an assortment of nigiri, and maki for $89.

Pijiu Belly

Offered as a dine-in lunch special, Tuesday through Friday, the bento box at Pijiu Belly features rice, salad, miso soup, a choice of pork or vegetable dumplings, and a main dish, like fried tofu and Brussels sprouts or grill chicken, beef, or salmon, for between $10 and $14 per meal.

Wagaya - Westside

The jewel boxes served during lunch at Wagaya feature a choice of sashimi or teriyaki or katsu proteins served with rice, greens, edamame, pickles, cucumbers, baby radishes, and a cup of miso soup. Jewel box lunches average $15 per person. There’s also a location at Emory Village.

Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft

While mostly known for dinner and a great view of the Midtown skyline from the bar, don’t skip lunch at this Thai restaurant, which includes the Tuk Tuk Lunch Box. Expect a bowl of soup, fragrant rice, and two Thai dishes when that tower of hot tins hits the table at lunch on the weekdays. It’s all just $14.

Hsu's Gourmet

Since 1989, this family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving Chinese and American Chinese classics in downtown Atlanta. That includes a three-course Peking duck feast for two during dinner. At lunch, enjoy a $14 bento box complete with steamed or fried rice, egg drop soup and crab angel and a choice of main dishes, like sweet and sour chicken.

Sushi Nami

With locations in Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, and Suwanee, Sushi Nami is a popular spot for its namesake menu option. But at lunch, the restaurant also offers two bento boxes with chicken or beef teriyaki, shrimp and vegetable tempura, and a California roll or one with salmon teriyaki, vegetable tempura, gyoza, and a tuna roll.

Circle Sushi

For $18, a bento box lunch at Circle Sushi in Roswell comes with a choice of tempura or teriyaki protein and a sushi combination, including a California roll and two pieces of nigiri or eel and an avocado roll. A larger, more elaborate bento box option is offered during dinner featuring nigiri, sashimi, shumai, hand rolls, teriyaki, tempura, and fish. It comes with miso soup or salad for $26.

Sushi Avenue

Lunch at Sushi Avenue in Decatur features a bento box with miso soup, salad, and rice with a choice of two mains, including sushi, gyoza, tempura, and teriyaki dishes for under $10.

Cuckoo's Cafe

This Taiwanese snacks and bubble tea spot also includes a location in Duluth. And among its many menu options is a section dedicated to Taiwanese bento boxes, referred to as bian dang in Mandarin. For just under $13, a Cuckoo’s bento features a main dish like crispy Taiwanese fried chicken, Taiwanese sausage, or minced pork with daily vegetable sides, rice, and an egg. Throw in a side of crispy fried tofu and some sesame balls for dessert, and pair it all with taro milk tea or a refreshing passionfruit slushie.

Hello Chicken

No matter the time of day, the bento box from this Korean fried chicken restaurant on Buford Highway is always on the menu. Choose from mains like bulgogi, KFC, spicy pork, or deep-fried fish, which then come served with rice, salad, dumplings, and tteokbokki (simmered rice cakes) for between $13 and $17.

The Bite of Korea

This Korean street food restaurant from Gavin Lee and Chloe Jung recently opened at the Hugh Howell Marketplace in Tucker. On weekdays, the Bite of Korea offers a lunch box special (or dosirak) featuring a choice of meat (bulgogi, jeyuk pork, or Korean fried chicken), fried or white rice, soup and salad, batter-fried vegetables, and mandu (dumplings) for $15.

Xiao's Way Noodle House

Known for its selection of dim sum, dumplings, and Shanghai and Hong Kong noodle soups, Xiao’s Way Noodle House also features bento boxes during lunch that include mains like Kung Pao chicken, Mongolian beef, or garlic shrimp with rice and a choice of three vegetable sides. A bento box here is around $12.

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