Two guys, seven (imaginative) subs. That’s how Seven Subs started in Coolidge Corner three years ago. Since then, customer demand has caused the owners to expand the menu, which now includes salads ($5.25–$6) and a new line of hot dogs ($2–$3).
Two toppings appear repeatedly throughout the menu: homemade coleslaw and Russian dressing. Homemade coleslaw could be a dangerous ingredient for a relatively new sub shop — too runny, too salty, etc. But the owners of Seven Subs have clearly researched how to make this their differentiating topping. The slaw has good consistency, with just the right amount of crunch.
The signature sub is the Lucky 7 ($5/small; $5.75/large), featuring turkey, homemade coleslaw, Russian dressing, and melted Swiss cheese. There’s also the Lucky 7 hot dog ($2.25), with a hot dog replacing the turkey.
The Unforgiven ($5/small; $6.50/large) is a close second, with roast beef, potato salad, melted provolone cheese, and barbecue sauce. Or try one of the "sloppy beauties," like the Buffalo Melt ($5.75), with turkey, Buffalo sauce, blue cheese, celery, and melted provolone cheese. Seven Subs’ owners have taken some of their favorite meals and bookended them with bread.
For neighborhood flare, order the Brookline Club ($5.25/small; $6.75/large), a triple-decker with turkey, roast beef, corned beef, Swiss cheese, homemade coleslaw, and Russian dressing on marble rye. It’ll remind you of the Coolidge Corner of days gone by.
There’s no indoor seating at Seven Subs, but when the weather’s good, watch the neighborhood go by while sitting outside on the adjacent small patio.
Seven Subs, located at 1364 Beacon Street (at Centre Street), in Brookline, is open daily, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (617) 232-7070.