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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Culinary no-no #177

Culinary no-no's

I just love Polish food.

Oh yes.

And why not.

It’s sooooooooo good.

You’ve got your pierogis....


And your stuffed cabbage rolls....

And potato pancakes...

Can't forget.....

Polish ham

And kolacki....



And of course....





Polish sausage is terrific.

Fresh Polish sausage at Easter time.

Smoked Polish with my eggs on Sunday at Meyer’s Restaurant.

And on the grill, Polish sausage on a nice brat bun with a good, hearty, brown mustard, onions, and sauerkraut.



Oh, Kevinnnnn.


Where is the no-no?




I used to watch the Travel Channel more often before the quality of its programming began to suffer. Now, I only occasionally tune in as I did recently when it aired the Cleveland edition of “Man v. Food.”

One of the stops was a popular place called Hot Sauce Williams that features a soul food menu.


Now at this point, I feel the need to bring in a great philosopher I have quoted in the past on Culinary no-no...

In one “Happy Days” episode Arthur Fonzarelli told his adoring buddies that ice cream and ketchup  when they’re apart…….

But when you put them together....

Not so...........cool.

At Hot Sauce Williams and throughout Cleveland, a sandwich creation, "The Polish Boy" has become quite the rage. Now if you think a Polish Boy is.....

You'd be wrong.



You take your sausage bun and you steam it.

Then you lay some kielbasa in there.

And you pour some barbecue sauce on top.

Next, you plop on some crispy french fries.

That’s right. French fries.

Say, Kev. When do we get to the sauerkraut?

We don’t.

We don’t?

We don’t.

For the next level, you dollop some creamy cole slaw all across the bun.

Sometimes the coleslaw goes on before the fries. In that case, the barbecue sauce is then ladled onto the fries.

And now you’ve got yourself  a POLISH BOY.

One blogger described THE POLISH BOY as "horribly messy."



Above two photos: LTHForum.com and alwayshungryny.com.

I am telling you straight. Having grown up with many Polish kids and their families who knew serious eating, there's no doubt in my mind that those Polish kitchens NEVER would slop this together, call it a POLISH BOY, and throw it on the dinner table.

I believe Anthony Bourdain got it right. Watch this brief video where you see the POLISH BOY about :48 in.

Seriously, Bourdain had the right idea. Like Bourdain, I’d visit Hot Sauce Williams in Cleveland.

And I’d order the other items that actually do look scrumptious and mouth-watering.

But I would skip the POLISH BOY......a complete destruction and waste of a Polish sausage.

Cleveland, you can have it.


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