Galley Girl has mentioned in response to my post of 12/15 that some local hounds were considering a trek to Worcester to give the Bamboo Hut a try. I am by no means a Vietnamese cuisine maven, my experience to date being limited to Saigon on Cambridge St in Allston, and some years ago, an incredible place in Brussels, Baguettes Imperiales, where I had one of the best meals I've ever had, and without question the most expensive. (I recall our then fourteen year old son saying that he'd like the soup until I, noticing that the bowl would set me back a mere $60, suggested that it was apt to be quite filling and could spoil the rest of his dinner (to say nothing of mine) and emphasized my point with a not so subtle kick under the table).
I stopped by Bamboo Hut with that same now college aged son this afternoon and shared a few appetizers, including a bahn mi -- they call it a "special grinder" -- that was quite good. It was not as spicy as we would have liked but the fault was ours for not mentioning that we would like lots of those tasty bits of pepper that we have come to love at the Mix Bakery. Unfortunately, for non-meat eaters, the special grinders menu offers only beef tenderloin, pork, chicken stuffed with pork, and boneless chicken thigh. We had the last and it was fine -- lots of char-grilled (to order) chicken on a large French roll with homemade mayo, cilantro and shaved carrot although I would have preferred Mix Bakery-like sliced pickled vegies instead of the carrots. (They did say that they'd be happy to do up a tofu version if you want one).
I've already remarked on our dinner at Bamboo Hut a couple of weeks ago and I suspect from what I've read here that Pho2000 has a more adventurous menu than Bamboo Hut but I hope that local Vietnamese food mavens will give the place a try and report back to us.