inspired by rogue's post below, i went to VIETNAM BAHN MI SO 1 on broome street this morning. i ordered the #7 bahn mi sandwich with pate and asked for spicey peppers. i also got a hot vietnamese-style coffee and a side of sticky rice. i think i was the first to order a sandwich today, they had just pulled the bread out and it was still very warm when i got home--lucky me. on second thought, do they make their own bread or just nuke it (i didn't pay close attention)? any hoo the pate version of bahn mi is very tasty, but watch out for the hot peppers if you ask for them, they clumped together inside and you get quite an unexpected blast of heat at times. i rate the sandwich a 4 on the 1-5 scale.
the sticky rice was just wonderful for brunch. the rice inside the green leaf wrapping includes a warm, savory filling of sausage, pink and white beans, roast pork and i think egg. very, very good on a damp rainy morning. while i waited several people stopped in to grab these from the shelf next to the counter where you pay -- so how could i resist?
the viet coffee was blend of an excellent expresso and sweetened condensed milk. certainly gave me enough of a caffiene jolt to post this as soon as i finished eating. total cost was $6.20.
the little shop is full of interesting items, for example they have fresh juice in front and make their own pate. also, the owners are sweethearts. even based on my first visit on a quiet saturday morning, i can't rec the place highly enough to you chowhounds to try.