today was the day. i went down to SAIGON (on forsyth bet. e. broadway and division) as directed by the bahn mi fans on this forum. this was around 11:00 am, early per your directions. Yes, there was a crowd -- i can see how they run out -- it is tiny in there. "what would you like?" sez the propriator. "uh, bahn mi" sez me. "spicy?" "oh yeah, definately." wink and nod from the boss.
i try to watch the sandwich being made, but cannot really see much, it's all magic my friends. i have an icy can of cappucino coffee while i wait. it did not hit 90+ degrees yet, but it was getting there. they hand the bag to me "3.75." I wave the can at them. "yeah, 3.75, thank you." "thank YOU." I eat in the square with Confuscious. WOW! pickled shredded carrots and onions(?), cucumber slices, pork, fried pork cracklings, mayo, pate(?)and hot sauce on a fresh hero. i'm still full!
on my way i also picked up some dumplings at the place on mosco st. that was also recommended. thanks chowhounders - you guys and gals rock!