Finally made it so Saigon Corner yesterday for lunch with the family. This was our first experience with bahn them and are eager to try them in other places, too. First the good:
Hubby and I each had bahn mi- he the grilled beef, I the grilled pork. Toasty bun, delicious, tender meat and tangy, just-crunchy-enough vegetables. We ordered ours "medium spicy" and had a few mouth-burning moments, but nothing that took away from the flavor or the meal. Bahn mi are $2.25-2.50 apiece. What a deal.
We also ordered a large pho (chicken), and "egg rolls" that looked to me more like what I call spring rolls...narrow cigar-like fried rolls with shrimp, pork, and vegetables. These were excellent. The pho came with the usual side platter of fresh basil, bean sprouts, and lime. The pho itself was a little bland, the broth pretty watery, and was about $5.
The woman who takes orders and serves the tables (there are three tables, and a bar that seats four) is very nice, speaks English, and took the time to tell me about the different iced teas that they have (Crysanthemum, five-flower)and the various effects on the digestive system. They also have boba tea but we did not order this, or the vietnamese coffee.
The downside is the very slow service. It is clear that the kitchen cooks each order separately, and I got the feeling by the way things were coming out that they cook each item in sequence, as opposed to multi-tasking. It took 30-40 minutes for us to get these items. Luckily, it was a sunny day and the restaurant, while small, is not too unpleasant a place to wait. And the food tastes great when it does come out!
They also have asian popsicles and ?ice cream in a self-serve freezer chest......flavors like lychee, jackfruit, coconut, taro. We did not sample these this time, but perhaps next time.
They also did not have any takeout menus so I don't have the exact address/phone number...it is at about 20 Billings Street. It's not hard to find because this part of Billings is pretty much a dead end. It's just west of Hancock, in North Quincy.