I mentioned this to a couple of people, and all those who knew what banh mi were thought it was a fine idea.
Conventions being what they were I didn't get a chance to implement the plan until Saturday afternoon. As Elizabeth and I were struggling through the teeming crowd on the mezzanine of the Park Pl aza, we ran into NK, whom I'd arranged to get together with sometime during the con (after not having seen him in years). He asked if he could tag along, which was of course fine with us.
Saigon Sandwich Co. Inc.
696 Washington St.
Boston, MA 021 11
M-Tu; Th-Su until 1800
W until 1600
Saigon Sandwich is aptly named. It serves a variety of banh mi, or Vietnamese sandwiches. The Vietnamese sandwich is one of the more benign legacies of the French colonialism. All are served on foot-long loaf of fresh, crusty French bread, cut lengthwise. All the sandwiches here are $2.50, except for #1, the (traditional) Vietnamese Cold Cuts (Banh Mi Thit Nguoi) a pork sub with Vietnamese bologna, headcheese, jambon, and pate, which is $2.
The other options are shr edded pork, teriyaki beef, Vietnamese meatballs (not always available), teriyaki chicken, vegetarian tofu, and curry chicken. All include the following toppings: mayo, soy sauce/fish sauce, cucumbers, pickled carrots and radish, onions, chili peppers, and cilantro.
There's a fruit shake/bubble tea counter in the back of the store. Occasionally they also have spring rolls ($1), and sometimes desserts.
Lunch for $4 or less. How can you lose?;