I've been on a quest to sample all of the Vietnamese restaurants in the North Lamar area, and I think I have finally found my favorite. Thanh Nhi has pho, vermicelli, rice plates, banh mi (sandwiches) and other assorted Vietnamese dishes at amazing prices (e.g. $1.75 for a small banh mi and $2.40 for a large).
Today I decided to start with the grilled pork spring rolls and finish off with a small grilled chicken banh mi. The spring rolls were medium sized, well packed, and did not fall apart. The pork was moist, warm and delicious. The peanut sauce that came with them was very tasty and was not runny like at some competitors.
The banh mi was also wonderful. The bread was flaky, crispy and fresh, and although this was a "small" sandwich that I got at a cost of $1.75, it was bursting with well spiced chicken, cucumber, carrot, jalapeno and fresh herbs. Some sriracha and hoisin sauces sealed the deal for me on this one.
The facilities are very clean and the staff is great. It has the feeling of a real family-run operation, and seems to be run by a couple, with help from their teenage daughter. The woman (who usually does most of the work) is pretty English-impaired, but is prompt and VERY friendly. I'm glad this place is around and I really hope it succeeds!
p.s. Thanks Rudeboy for including the location. The address is 9200 N Lamar Blvd, on the west side of the street just south of Rundberg. It's on the south side of the shopping center that houses Shalimar.