Starting as a sandwich sold out of a cart back in 1939, the Windy City warms up every time someone orders a Maxwell Street Polish, now a favorite of the community.
The sausage itself can stand alone as something special, a kielbasa made of half beef and half pork, with a delicious and generous helping of seasoning to make it truly special. The sandwich comes on a bun, topped with caramelized onions, mustard, and pickled sport peppers.
Jim’s Original and The Express Grill are the most well-known and highly regarded spots serving up the Maxwell Street Polish. Open since the 1940’s both places claim to be the original. They’re down the street from one another and are open 24 hours a day, so you can always get your fix.
They have nearly identical menus and many have tried the polishes side by side to see which is better. In our experience and discussion with locals, both are of the highest quality—the winner really just depends on the day.
Go out and take the challenge for yourself and tell us which you prefer!