Cleveland Polish Boy


For those of you who are living under a baseball-free rock, Game 6 of the World Series is tonight! The Cleveland Indians are currently beating the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in the series. The series has shifted back to Cleveland for the last two games, and Cleveland fans everywhere are on edge, hoping that the Indians will clinch it at home! Selim is from Cleveland and is a die-hard loyal Cleveland sports fanatic. Ally has adopted Cleveland sports teams as her own, with the highs & lows that come with being a Cleveland fan. We’re all crossing our fingers for potentially the second high of 2016 with the Indians winning the World Series for the first time since 1948. (The first high of 2016, for those who also live under a basketball-free rock, was when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship this summer. The Cavs’ win marked the first championship for a Cleveland-area professional sports since the Browns won the 1964 NFL Championship [the “Super Bowl” didn’t exist then…], ending 52 years and 147 seasons without a championship.) Let’s just say Clevelanders are pretty happy about the year 2016.

In order to help our team win tonight, all the way from South Carolina, we decided to be as “Cleveland” as possible. We’re both rockin’ Cleveland t-shirts today and cranked up some Machine Gun Kelly Cleveland hype music in the car. And we decided to make the most Cleveland dinner possible to eat while watching the game!


Enter the Polish Boy. The epitome of Cleveland, right there on a bun. This traditional Cleveland food embraces the city’s melting pot, working class heritage. Several articles tentatively attribute the first Polish Boy to Virgil Whitmore, who operated Whitmore’s BBQ in the 1940s. His grandson acknowledges he’s not sure exactly where the idea originated, but that, “It wasn’t Poland, that’s for sure.” Maybe we should rename it the Cleveland Boy.

So what is a Polish Boy? It’s a bun with kielbasa on it, topped with coleslaw, French fries, and BBQ sauce +/- a little hot sauce. If that doesn’t sound indulgently amazing to you, we can no longer be friends. To make the best Polish Boy possible, you want your bun to be toasty, your kielbasa to be hot, your slaw to be creamy, and your fries to be crispy! Bon appetit baby!


Polish Boy

  • 1 large link of kielbasa
  • 1 hoagie roll
  • 1/4 cup of coleslaw (Try our homemade version!)
  • A big handful of French fries
  • A healthy drizzle of BBQ sauce
  • A dash of hot sauce, if desired
  1. Prepare your French fries as your prefer (bake, deep-fry…)
  2. Grill or pan-fry your kielbasa. Slice it in half length-wise.
  3. Toast your bun.
  4. Put the kielbasa on the bun. Top with coleslaw, sauces, and fries. Fries go on top!
  5. Try to close the bun around all this deliciousness. Fail miserably. Eat anyway. Get really messy. Love it.
Obviously this only makes one sandwich. You’ll want to make more to share.


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