Cafe Face Off
If there's one food Costco is known for — besides $5 rotisserie chickens — it's its hot dog combo. The Costco cafe at the front of the store has been selling the combo for $1.50 since 1985; it will stay at that price "forever," according to Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti. But other food court items are fair game: Costco raised the price of two staples in July 2022, including the famous chicken bake.
Costco's biggest competitor also has a food court. The Sam's Club cafe menu and prices almost mirrors Costco's. So which of the cafes has the better deal, and which one has better food? I went to both — and ate a lot — to find out which has the best menu items.
Prices and availability are subject to change. Food court menu and experience may vary by location. This story was updated in November 2023.