I read an article recently that ranked all of the Costco Food Court items in based on the preferences of the author and it got me thinking about what I liked the best. I’ve been really fortunate in that I’ve had a chance to try out the Food Courts in a few different countries and there are some definite differences depending on local tastes, but there are also a lot of similarities. Of course, the biggest similarity that cuts across absolutely all Costco locations is the hot dog and soda deal. And from looking at tables around me in Japan, Korea, Australia, the UK and US, it seems like it is the overwhelming favourite world wide.
I do tend to agree with the (apparently) prevailing opinion that the hot dog and soda are tops. I know a number of people got really upset when they switched from Hebrew National hot dogs to their own Kirkland Signature beef hot dogs. And I know that there were people who weren’t big fans of the taste of the new KS dogs either, a lot of people told me they found them too garlicky or too fatty. I’m not in either of those camps though, because I like their all beef hot dogs and find them to be the perfect end to my Costco shopping trip. I like mine with lots of onions and mustard, sometimes relish but never, ever ketchup. My only problem is with the soda portion of this meal deal because I’m not huge into drinking soda but I can usually find something like root beer that will keep me happy. And how can you not like something that has been on the menu for decades without a price increase?
I also like the churros and don’t agree with the person that wrote the article saying that they were too soft and doughy. The churros at Costco are much like churros I’ve gotten pretty much everywhere else with the right amount of crunchiness, but not so hard that they shatter when you bite into one. Of course, like anything fried, it depends on the a number of factors that don’t always go perfectly. The only thing that would make them better is if they added a chocolate dipping sauce like I’ve had at other places. But for the $1.00 price, these are a nice sweet treat.
In the UK, I have to say that I love the cottage pie. It’s more pricey than the hot dog and drink, but on a cold day it is delicious! Just talking about it makes me think that I will have to get one this weekend when we go to Costco. I mean, it is hard to beat a toasty warm combination of minced beef with a topping of mashed potatoes. I liked this so much when we had it in the Costco Food Court initially that I now buy the three pack of cottage pies in the Costco deli area. They freeze perfectly and make for a great winter dinner when paired with a vegetable or salad.
In the UK we are also lucky enough to have jacket potatoes, a.k.a baked potatoes, too. This is something I definitely like because I’m a fan of the potato in its many forms. I still haven’t tried a jacket potato with baked beans on it, just because I’m not a huge fan of baked beans. But I do like the one with tuna after I just put aside the feeling that tuna on a jacket/baked potato wasn’t right. I should probably try that combination at home for lunch sometimes to have a change from a tuna sandwich or tuna on crackers.
So, those are some of my favourites from the Costco Food Court. But I’m curious to hear what everyone else likes the best. I’ve never tried the ice cream sundaes or smoothies for various reasons so I’m hoping someone will share their opinions of those items too.
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