If you’re not from Cleveland, then you’re probably unaware of the existence of a sandwich called a ‘Polish Boy’ – a grilled Kielbasa sausage in a bun with french fries, coleslaw and BBQ or hot sauce. And, before trying Yellow Boy’s, we had no idea about ’em either
Nonetheless, so great is this sandwich’s cult following in Cleveland that Chef Michael Symon picked a Polish Boy as his choice for the Food Network show ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate.’
Marcus Spivey, the owner of Yellow Boy’s, is a genial OSU grad from Cleveland who spent much of his time at Ohio State lamenting the fact that he couldn’t find a Polish Boy sandwich in Columbus. After years spent wishing that someone would open a Polish Boy restaurant he decided to take the plunge himself. Now, thanks to Marcus, transplanted Clevelanders (and of course anyone else) craving kielbasa can get their fix on the streets of Columbus.
As you can see from the photo, this is one hot mess of a sandwich… and we mean that affectionately. Marcus provides napkins, you’ll definitely want to accept the offer.
Marcus drives up to Cleveland to get his kielbasa sausages, splits and grills them. He makes his own sweet coleslaw and uses pre-cooked oven fries. The bun and french fries soak up both the juices from the coleslaw and – to our minds, the highlight of the sandwich – Marcus’s secret recipe BBQ sauce. The BBQ sauce is tangy, a little vinegary, has some heat, and pulls the whole thing together. Yellow Boy’s Polish Boy is $5 well spent, especially as it includes a free bottle of water.
At the moment Marcus is mainly doing Friday late night shifts in the Short North and the occasional special event. Once school starts in the fall, you’ll probably find him on OSU campus. Follow him on twitter for location updates.