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The Polish Boy: Cleveland's Original

Updated on January 21, 2016
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Quentin Congress has been a member of Hubpages since 2010. He is an avid Cleveland sports fan and works for the Cleveland Public Library.

The Super Bowl will be around the corner in two weeks. Most of you will either be throwing Super Bowl parties at your house, or you'll be attending one at a relative or friend's house. Now, if you're into Super Bowl parties like I am, what's a great Super Bowl party without food? So, I'm going to introduce you to a sandwich that's legendary in my hometown Cleveland, Ohio that's easy and not very time consuming. You don't just have to make this for Super Bowl parties, you can make this any day of the week. What do you think of Cleveland when someone just says the name to you? Most of you probably think of the Mistake by the Lake, bad sports teams, bad weather, Drew Carey, The Rust Belt. Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame, LeBron James (leaving and eventually coming back), the dumb satirical "tourism video" on YouTube (thanks a lot Mike Polk) or its recent renaissance. But, what most people don't think about Cleveland is food, there is some great food in Cleveland with good restaurants that are affordable. Well-known chef and "The Chew" host Michael Symon can attest to that as he owns three restaurants in the Cleveland area.


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Cleveland has been a city of sausage eaters for as long as I care to remember. So, it's fittingly that you mix Cleveland's heavy Eastern European sausage-making influence and Southern-style barbecue to come up with this great sandwich. This has been Cleveland's signature sandwich for years. You can't stop at any BBQ restaurant in Cleveland without this being one of the top sellers in the restaurant. The sandwich is now just starting to get national exposure thanks to food shows and daytime talk shows. Michael Symon cited The Polish Boy as "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on the Food Network as he visited the food truck Seti's Polish Boys on Cleveland's East Side. He also demonstrated how to make the Polish Boy on his hit ABC show "The Chew." The sandwich has also been showcased on show's such as Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food" and "The Wendy Williams Show." To me, the best place to buy a polish boy in Cleveland is Hot Sauce Williams on Carnegie Ave. My relatives from Memphis came to visit us in Cleveland two years ago. They got a Polish Boy from one of the restaurants in Cleveland and they loved it. In fact, we got them hooked on them. They loved it so much, my cousins got mad at me that I didn't bring them one when I went down to visit them in Memphis a few months later. When you make this, you're family and friends will be hooked on them like my cousins were.

Once again, this is not only great for Super Bowl parties. This is great for any party, barbecue, cookout, family reunion, get-together or just something quick to fix for the family when you don't feel like cooking a big dinner after a hard day's work. So, put this sausage sandwich-wrapped up with cole slaw and fries and smothered in BBQ up to your lips and enjoy.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 8
  • 1 Polish Sausage (Pork or Beef)
  • 1 Bag of French Fries
  • 1 Pound of Coleslaw
  • 1 Bottle of Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 Bag of Hot Dog Buns
  1. Fry or deep fry your polish sausage for 2-3 minutes
  2. Pour 2 cups of vegetable or canola oil into a pot. Once the oil is hot, put french fries into the pot and let them fry until they're golden brown. Place them on a plate with a paper towel over it to drain the oil.
  3. Slice open the hot dog bun place the deep-fried hot dog or sausage between the bun.
  4. Add a 1/2 serving of french fries on top of the sausage and the pour BBQ sauce on top of the fries.
  5. Spread 1 tablespoon of coleslaw across the fries, two-hand the sandwich (no fork) , stuff your face and enjoy.

1. Fry or deep fry your polish sausage for 2-3 minutes

2. Pour 2 cups of vegetable or canola oil into a pot. Once the oil is hot, put french fries into the pot and let them fry until they're golden brown.

3. Slice open the hot dog bun place the deep-fried hot dog or sausage between the bun.

4. Add a 1/2 serving of french fries on top of the sausage and the pour BBQ sauce on top of the fries. 5. Spread 1 tablespoon of coleslaw across the fries.

This Is the Final Result
This Is the Final Result

My Favorite Restaurants To Buy a Polish Boy in Cleveland

Hot Sauce Williams

7815 Carnegie Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44103


Hot Sauce Williams

3770 Lee Rd.

Cleveland, OH 44128


B&M BBQ

5501 Warrensville Center Rd.

Maple Heights., OH 44137


B&M BBQ

3870 Lee Rd.

Cleveland, OH 44128


Seti's Polish Boys (Hot Dog Stand)

E. 34th & Woodland Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44115



Man vs. Food at Hot Sauce Williams (Note: Pork Shoulder is for a Polish Girl, Not a Polish Boy)

Cleveland Native Shows How To Make a Polish Boy In Your Kitchen

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