Nov 16, 2021 - Food and Drink
Bite Club: Deep fried Polish sausage
A photo of a deep-fried polish sausage sandwich.
Staffers at Jim's Original seem happy to drop your Polish in the deep fryer. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

How do you make a trip to a Maxwell Street-style food stand even more indulgent? By asking the staff to deep fry your Polish sausage.

  • This semi-secret menu item is supposed to deliver extra snap to your already juicy, garlicky link.

The verdict: The deep fried Polish we got at Jim's Original on Union emerged delicious and taut, but not much snappier than a regular griddled sausage.

  • We did, however, love Jim's new-ish sport-pepper studded mustard.

The caveats: Yes, we know that deep frying can create carcinogenic compounds, hot dogs may take 36 minutes off your life and meat is bad for the environment.

  • But sometimes a small Chicago indulgence can tide us over for months.

Other spots to order a deep fried Polish:

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