On my way to find Saigon Sandwich today, I stumbled over Saigon Sandwich....It took over the space vacated by the late, lamented Boston Banh Mi,opening about a month ago..
Sorry, looks like Thai Binh Market and Mix bakery have nothing to worry about, altough Saigon Sandwich DOES have a better, more mainstream location..
I thought their bread was cottony and tasteless, kinda like a cheap sub-roll from 7-Eleven...No hint of the tender crispness that rice flour imparts, but none of the "balls" of a decent French bread, (not that that's my bread of choice for a banh mi, anyway...). Their pickles were a little old, on the way to having no sweetness left..Very little cilantro, and as for spicy, which I asked for, they dumped a handful of scallions on it, no chilis! What's up with that? Talk about bad aftertaste. And the fish sauce was just fish sauce, no "secret stuff" added to it. The flavors didn't blend into the mysterious amalgamation we all know and love..
The good news is, they had a tofu option, and they people were as sweet as can be...And yes, at $2, it wasn't a big mistake, but hey, there's great Banh Mi around the corner.