"Bento" in Portland, OR (and perhaps other parts of the West Coast?), though derived from the "lunchbox" concept, has taken on a new, and arguably twisted but yummy, meaning. A "Bento" restaurant in Portland will sometimes serve your food in a box, and other times in a bowl or on a plate. What unifies all "Bento" in Portland is the contents: the basic idea is rice or, in some places, yakisoba noodles, with vegetables or meat on top. Many Bento Restaurants in Portland will also serve a variety of Japanese (or at least Japanese-ish) food such as Miso Soup, Potstickers, and Sushi.