The Polish Boy is probably the quintessential Cleveland sandwich.
For those of you who are wondering, "What the heck is a Polish Boy?" the sandwich consists of a kielbasa sausage covered in French fries, BBQ sauce, and coleslaw inside a bun. It's messy (napkins are a must when eating it) and so delicious when done right.
Here are some local businesses in the Cleveland area who do a Polish Boy right.
If you're craving a Polish Boy in the middle of the night, you can go to Steve's Diner, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you want a classic Polish Boy, order the "Poor Boy" off the menu, which includes the traditional fries, slaw, and BBQ sauce. The "Polish Boy" on their menu is great as well, but it comes with kraut and onion instead of the traditional fixings.
Steve's Diner is located at 6850 Biddulph Rd, Cleveland, OH 44144.
Boney Fingers BBQ
Located in downtown Cleveland, Boney Fingers BBQ serves some of the best barbecue in the Land. You can't go wrong with their Polish Boy, which includes the traditional fixings, but if you're in the mood for even more meat, consider getting the Boney Boy, which includes beef Polish sausage, coleslaw, BBQ sauce, cheese sauce, and tender and juicy pulled pork.
Boney Fingers BBQ is located at 1800 Euclid Ave # 3, Cleveland, OH 44115.
If you find yourself in Shaker Heights, you should visit Banter and check out their Polish Boy, which includes their house-made BBQ sauce in addition to the classic kielbasa, fries, and coleslaw. If you want something different on your kielbasa sausage sandwich, consider getting their Cleveland sandwich, which is topped with pierogi, sauerkraut, and mustard.
Banter is located at 3441 Tuttle Rd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122.
Al & B's Barbecue
Located on the westside, this joint offers mouthwatering Polish Boys. Their Polish Boys are covered with fries and slaw, and drenched with BBQ sauce. Be prepared to use a lot of napkins to eat this messy and delicious sandwich. Al & B's also serves great Polish Girls, which is the classic Polish Boy sandwich plus pulled pork.
Al & B's Barbecue is located at 15115 Puritas Ave, Cleveland, OH 44135.