The Most Popular Costco Food Court Items, Ranked

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Liane Starr

Food Court All Stars

There’s a slew of reasons to go to Costco, and buying things in bulk isn’t even the best one. Whether you’re a little kid jamming on a slice of pizza while you wait for your parents to finish shopping, or you’re an adult stopping in for the cheapest lunch in town, you know that the Costco food court is in a league of its own. Part of the food court’s renown is simply a question of flavor — the hot dog is darn good. But it’s the prices that make the wholesaler’s fast food treats special. Let’s take a look at some of its most popular dishes and see how they face off against each other. Not already a Costco member? You can apply here

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Related: Food Court Showdown: Costco vs. Sam's Club

Chicken Bake
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1. Chicken Bake


We, of course, all know that the chicken bake is the best thing on the Costco food court menu. It may in fact be the best thing on any fast food menu; the thing is sublime. Chicken drowning in melted cheese, bacon, green onions, and Caesar dressing wrapped up in what is essentially a pizza crust is a wondrous thing. It’s the undefeated star of the Kirkland Signature-brand food court, and one that Sam’s Club hasn’t even attempted to knock off. Accept no substitutes.

Related: How to Shop at Costco If You're Not a Member

Costco cafe hot dog

2. Hot Dog & Drink


If the chicken bake is the star of the team, the Costco all-beef hot dog and drink combo is the coach. The $1.50 Costco hot dog deal has played an important part in helping the retailer make a name for itself. It’s not easy to find such solid value with food of this quality. That sesame seed bun is just perfect. And as if the combo couldn’t get any better, Costco’s Chief Financial Officer recently announced that the hot dog will stay at $1.50 “forever.” Costco’s food court menu prices alone are reason enough to give its greatest hits a taste.

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Costco cafe pizza

3. Pizza

$1.99 per slice or $9.95 for a whole pizza

Costco pizza is like something out of a movie, isn’t it? Blackened, bubbly mozzarella dripping all over the place. Red sauce on your palms. Garlicky powder from the crust on your fingertips. Napkins too thin to soak up the oil. It’s the quintessential junk food pizza experience. And at $10 for an entire 18-inch pie? Not a lot more you can ask for (except for the combo pizza to come back).

Costco Turkey Sandwich
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4. Hot Turkey & Provolone Sandwich


The turkey sando is a relatively lesser known Costco menu item as it tends to be seasonal, but if you see it on the menu, don’t sleep on it. It’s hot-pressed on a torta roll, slathered in basil-garlic mayo, and stuffed with oven-browned turkey, melted provolone, onion, and tomato. It is, in all senses, a terrific turkey sandwich. We only wish Costco would bring back its discontinued brisket sandwich.

Costco cafe churro

5. Churro


Costco apparently modified its churro recipe last year — that’s news to us, but either way we’re way on board. Churros are just one of the things where, if you’ve made a bad one, you’ve gone out of your way to screw up. Hot, crunchy, fried dough covered in cinnamon-sugar is gonna be a hit no matter what, you know?

Costco Frozen Yogurt
Costco Frozen Yogurt by m01229 (CC BY)

6. Frozen Yogurt


If you’re not a frozen yogurt person, I don’t know what to tell you. There’s just no helping some people. McDonald’s often gets credit for an elite vanilla ice cream cone, but Costco’s is an entire league better, and when served in that huge plastic cup, you’re getting a whole lot more bang for your buck.

Costco Smoothie
Costco Smoothie by Paul Quesnell (CC BY-NC)

7. Berry Smoothie


Even here at No. 7, the berry smoothie is an important part of the Costco food court menu. This is a smoothie that tastes good, which means it’s more like the way Jamba Juice does things and less like the way a health-conscious smoothie operation does things. But so what? The smoothies are good for your mental health, not your physical health. Grab one for your walk around the store.

Costco cafe berry sundae

8. Sundae


The frozen yogurt, as previously mentioned, is a winner. But what about the sundae, which stars soft serve and a bunch of strawberries or chocolate syrup in it? That’s for you to decide. For me, it doesn't hold up to the frozen yogurt.

Costco Chicken Caesar Salad

9. Chicken Caesar Salad


Agatha Christie could not weave a more compelling mystery than the one behind the chicken Caesar salad and who chooses to eat it. You could almost certainly make a better salad with the ingredients from the very store you’re in. That chicken is inedibly dry. You’re at Costco for a reason, and we’re willing to be that reason isn’t to eat a salad. So don’t.