Carte 415: gourmet lunch sandwiches in San Francisco (CLOSED)

I’ve complained frequently about the dire state of the lunch menu in San Francisco. Because many people care only about large portions and low prices, chains such as Subway and  several sub-standard “Asian” food joints have taken over downtown San Francisco and SOMA.

Thank heavens for a food cart called Carte 415 located in the atrium lobby of a building at the corner of Mission and 2nd Street. I went to Carte 415 today and ordered the boccalone charcuterie sandwich (a grilled baguette) with gruyere cheese, spicy greens, quince jam, and calabrian chili. Very delicious!

Other items on the menu today were:

  • shrimp salad sandwich with pimenton de la vera, heirloom tomato, butter lettuce;
  • cowgirl three cheese sandwich with grilled rapini, sunburst tomato confit, marjoram;
  • yellow doll melons with garden greens, vadouvan citronette, ricotta salata; vegetable crudités with bagna cauda & lemon crème fraiche;
  • yogurt with summer berries meyer lemonade with mint; blue bottle iced coffee-new orleans;
  • early girl tomato gazpacho with garden herbs, olive oil.

You can follow them on Twitter: They tweet the daily menu.

It’s great to see entrepreneurs fulfill the need for delicious lunch food. Looking at the queue in front of the food cart, I’d say a lot of people are also fed up with the usual lunch options.

Carte 415
101 Second Street
San Francisco, CA

About Esme Vos

Esme Vos is the founder of Mapplr, a travel site featuring boutique hotels, luxury resorts, travel guides and restaurant reviews. You can find her on and Twitter.