Costco is the holy grail of bulk buying, the cathedral of wholesale. But it’s not all about 10-pound jars of peanut butter.
A stop at Costco’s humble food court — after walking miles around the cavernous warehouse — is a shameless reward for buying enough paper towels to fill your entire car trunk.
The food court is simple yet esteemed by Costco diehards. Amazingly, it’s one of the biggest pizza chains in the US, and nationwide it sells roughly 100 million hot dogs a year, at extremely low prices.
After several readers expressed their unwaveringly high regard for Costco’s hot dogs and pizza, we took a trip to the retail giant’s Brooklyn location to discover all its revered food-court glories — and it totally exceeded our expectations.
Marina Nazario contributed reporting on a previous version of this article.
The food court at Costco doesn’t offer the most varied selection — but it’s cheap, quick, and provides a nice treat for customers after a long day of shopping.
We ordered one of each item on the menu, excluding the salad, smoothies, and ice cream — those are pretty uninteresting, run-of-the-mill items that are hard to get wrong.
We did not expect the servings to be so enormous and dirt cheap. This entire selection costs just over $25. Let’s delve in and go through the choices.
We heard about the slices of pizza at Costco being gigantic, but after seeing it for ourselves we understand what people are talking about. One slice should be considered two — and for $1.99 a slice we’re not complaining!
The pizza is extremely doughy, but it’s not soggy. The cheese is lightly burned on top, the sauce is sweet, and the pizza provides a warm, welcome comfort.
If we were to compare Costco pizza to its fast-food counterparts, it most closely resembles Pizza Hut’s salty, extra-cheesy pizza, which won our taste test for serving the best chain cheese pizza.
Is it the best pizza in the world? No, far from it. But one wouldn’t expect gourmet slices from a Costco food court — for what it is, it’s a fantastic deal nonetheless.
Customers can order one hot dog, plus a drink, for $1.50. Customers have the…