Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Banter's Polish Boy Makes Food Network's 'Best Sandwiches in America' List

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 12:01 PM

  • BurkleHagen Photography
The Polish Boy sandwich is essentially only a thing in Cleveland. But now that Banter's iteration of the sausage-and fries-filled monstrosity is getting national attention once again, more food-inclined folks will at least learn about its greatness.

Earlier this week, the Food Network let loose their list of the "Best Sandwiches in America." Banter, which has locations in Detroit-Shoreway and Shaker Heights' Van Aken District, was included on the list, its Polish Boy one of 99 restaurants across the nation that were featured.

Here's what the Food Network had to say about the restaurant and its famous sandwich:
Back in the 1940s, when smoky Polish-style sausages were called "Polish boys," barbecue aficionado Virgil Whitmore decided to make a sandwich with some ingredients he already had on hand. Atop one of those "Polish boys," Virgil stacked crisp fries, creamy coleslaw and tangy barbecue sauce, and sandwiched his creation in a sturdy hot dog bun. The somewhat happy accident took off and worked its way into the Cleveland barbecue canon, where it has remained for well over a half century. Try one of the new cheffy takes at sausage and poutine shop Banter, where butcher-made kielbasa and impeccable fries make for one heck of a satisfying hand-held meal.
Looking for even more great sandwiches in Cleveland? Check out Scene's list of the 10 sandwiches we love right here.

Sign up for Scene's weekly newsletters to get the latest on Cleveland news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.

Tags: , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation