As the Soda Can Turns…These are the Beverages of Our Food Court
The drama of the Costco soda wars continues, this time moving the venue to the food court for a little change of pace though. There was a comment here not too long ago from Janice about a switch at her Portland, Oregon Costco food court from Coke to Pepsi beverages. So, I just wanted to give a little update on this situation with information I got from someone in the know. All of the Costco food court locations will definitely be making the switch to Pepsi beverages and signage. Several locations across California, and obviously Oregon, have already made the adjustments and if your location hasn’t yet, it will be happening soon. After last year’s bullying by Coke, Jim Sinegal must have decided that he didn’t feel like dealing with that again, so when the contract for the food courts came up for renewal this month, Coke was out and Pepsi and their better deal were in.
Costco UK Food Court Review: Hot Dogs & Cottage Pie
Dave and I finally got a chance to try out the Costco UK food court, specifically the hot dog and cottage pie. The hot dog was mediocre, but the cottage pie was a big winner with both of us. (And yes, at our Costco Coke is still served in the food court but this was a week or so ago.) So, first a little about the hot dog. It is still a good deal at £1.50 (US $2.32) for a hot dog and soda, which is great and appears to be something that a lot of people take advantage of either before or after their shopping. I was disappointed to find out that instead of having the cool onion and relish dispensers by the condiments, they put the onions on your dog for you. And they’re none too generous about it either. I like a lot of onion with my hot dog, raw onion breath and all, because it just makes it that much better. So, there is this tiny little amount of onion cowering under the hot dog and then I got to the mustard dispenser to find that they don’t have the good spicy brown mustard that they have at the US locations either, just the bright yellow stuff like French’s. And I know that is a classic choice, but honestly, it’s not my favorite. Not to mention, they really seem to like their fancy mustard varieties here, so this was more than a bit surprising to me. Oh well, in the end it was just the average hot dog. I guess the US wins when it comes to hot dogs. By the way, I don’t know what brand of hot dog they serve here but they definitely were not the Kirkland Signature ones that they switched to in the US.
So, enough about the hot dog, on to the really delicious bit: the cottage pie. Wow, it was great! I don’t know if it has just been a really long time since we’d had anything like this type of food or what, but we both loved it. The filling part, was like this really delicious and hearty beef stew kind of thing. It tasted like the best stew you’ve had; it was just that flavorful and thick. Also, there wasn’t any of the mushy vegetables that I usually find in shepherd’s pie (and truly hate), which was really great because that was the thing I was dreading the most; what can I say I hate overcooked veggies like peas and corn. And then on the top is this perfectly done ‘crust’ of mashed potatoes. The potatoes were crusty, yet still fluffy and buttery, and ultimately delicious. I don’t really think you can go wrong with really good beef and potatoes, but perhaps that is the Midwesterner in me talking. It is more than the hot dog and soda, at £2.50 (US $3.86), though it is still really quite cheap for such a good little meal. I’m sure it isn’t the healthiest thing on the menu, but it was a nice treat following our shopping. After trying the cottage pie, I really do think they should consider adding this to the menu in the US because it would definitely go over well. Dave would have been more than happy to go get a second one immediately. So, my suggestion is, if you’re in the UK, try the cottage pie and skip the hot dog.