So you might be wondering, what the hell is a Polish Boy, and what does it have to do with Cleveland?
At its heart is kielbasa, which is a general term for a Polish smoked sausage made with beef, pork, or a combination thereof. The sausage is grilled or griddled, tucked into a sturdy hot dog bun, and topped with coleslaw, French fries, and barbecue sauce. Finishing one is a feat; polishing off two is the stuff of legend. Proper attire for eating a Polish Boy is an apron, or anything you don’t mind tossing into the trash.
For a sandwich that is rightly celebrated and roundly trumpeted, there is a paucity of facts on its origin. Compounding the problem is the fact that "Polish Boy" was once a general term for any large kielbasa on a bun.