As I think I’ve mentioned in every post that I have written about our new Costco here in the UK, it is packed! The whole store is packed and the lines at the Food Court are long, long, long. I’m amazed by this every time we go. However, it also means that we haven’t been able to try any of the different food court items, or even a standard hot dog and soda. This week I am determined to do so though. It might mean that we eat before we shop, but darn it, we’re trying that hot dog and cottage pie!
One of the last times we were at Costco, I snapped a picture of the menu for the Costco UK Food Court. As you can see, at the left, they do indeed offer the soda and hot dog here as well, and it is just a £1.50 (US $2.28). The other standard on the menu is the chicken bake for £2.70 (US $4.11). And of course, they also have pizza by the slice for £1.50 (US $2.28) or you can get a 10″ take away pizza for £7.49 (US $11.41). They seem to have different pizza toppings and they don’t look quite the same either. I know in the deli section of the store they have rectangular pizzas. They also have ice cream and fruit sundaes which seem very similar to things I’ve seen at the US Costco locations too. They have a chicken salad bowl, which I think we have in the US but I can’t recall it looking like this.
Aside from those items that you can find in the US too, you can get a jacket potato or a cottage pie. The jacket potatoes (baked potatoes) come with all kinds of toppings such as the usual beef chili or cheese. But then they get a little more interesting, at least to my American mind’s baked potato template. You can also get coleslaw, baked beans, or tuna. I could potentially see the appeal of coleslaw or even baked beans (if I liked them more). But tuna? Tuna and potato, I just don’t understand. That is not a combination I would have ever hit on. Your jacket potato and topping of choice is the same price as the soda and hot dog: £1.50 (US $2.28). The other unique item on the food court menu is the Cottage Pie. I think this is like Shepherd’s Pie. Looking at Wikipedia’s article it does seem that they are similar, though Cottage Pie is made with beef and Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb. They say there is something in the US that is like this called ‘Cowboy Pie’, I don’t know about that one. So, basically, it is minced beef with a crust of mashed potatoes. Sounds good and perhaps they should think about adding that to the menu in the US because I can see this being a hit in the cooler climates. In the UK the Cottage Pie is one of the pricier things on the Costco Food Court menu at £2.50 (US $3.81); though really, everything is still a bargain.
So, aside from a few UK specific items, the Costco Food Court here is quite similar. But the lines are huge. I don’t think I’ve ever seen as long a line at the food court in Austin. I was going to try to get a picture showing the long lines but my camera couldn’t go wide enough. I’m determined to try it out though. Sadly, no churros here in the UK; they’re one of my favorite Costco treats too.