10 Costco Food Court Secrets Only Employees Know About

10 Costco Food Court Secrets Only Employees Know About

July 24, 2019 100 By William Morgan


Costco sales are strong and the company’s
stock prices are soaring. This successful
retail giant was founded 42 years ago and
today, there are 770 retail outlets. The chain’s
food courts are very popular. So let’s get
the inside scoop on 10 Costco food court secrets
only employees know about.
A Pound Of Cheese per Pizza
Cheese lovers should know that each full cheese
pizza from Costco contains over a pound of
cheese. The cheese blend used on Costco food
court pizzas is a combination of part-skim,
low-fat mozzarella and Parmesan. Mozzarella
makes up 80 percent of the cheese blend, while
Parmesan makes up 20 percent. While the cheese
content is high, you’ll be pleased to know
that food court pizzas from Costco don’t contain
hydrogenated oils, lard or trans fats. Also,
you’ll be happy to know that Costco utilizes
genuine cheeses that are fresh. They don’t
use processed or powdered cheeses. The pizza-making
process at Costco is very organized and consistent.
Cheese, toppings and sauce are carefully measured,
so that pizzas taste the same every time.
Part of the pizza-making process is automated.
For example, a robotic machine adds sauce
to each pizza while the pizza pie spins around
on a platform, sort of like an album turning
on a record player. Costco has worked out
an efficient system for producing these addictive
and ultra-cheesy pizzas. Each pizza is prepped
for cooking in only sixty seconds. The pizzas
are fully-cooked in just 6 minutes. If you’re
into inhaling Costco pizza slices while you’re
taking breaks from scoring deals at Costco
retail outlets, you’ll also appreciate the
fact that Costco gets rid of unsold pizza
slices after one hour. Costco management wants
customers to enjoy fresh slices every single
time. With all of this attention to detail,
it’s no wonder Costco food court pizzas are
so popular. Costco is currently ranked as
the fourteenth-largest pizza chain in America.
The Food Court Isn’t Meant To Be A Money Maker
Costco keeps food court prices very low because
they want their customers to enjoy the whole
Costco experience…and keep coming back.
People love visiting Costco food courts during
their Costco shopping trips, in part because
the food and drink offered is just so affordable.
For example, each hearty and filling pizza
slice is priced at just $1.99. The food court
isn’t meant to be a huge money-maker for Costco.
It’s meant to show customers that Costco cares
about them. The cheap eats offered at Costco
food courts definitely create a lot of goodwill.
Customers look forward to getting their budget-priced
hot dogs, pizza slices, chicken bakes and
other Costco food court classics. Costco
food courts operate on the same principle
as IKEA food courts. Food at both food courts
is reasonably-priced. Affordable food is provided
in order to keep customers in the stores,
shopping away. Costco makes the bulk of its
profits from in-store sales, just like IKEA
does. Mega-chain food courts have a lot of
appeal, because they do offer superb deals
to customers. It’s safe to say that many people
drop by these food courts, even when they
don’t plan on shopping. They come just for
the food. Of course, they may decide to pick
up a few things while they’re there. Food
courts like the Costco food court drive business.
They help to win and retain customer loyalty.
The truth is that certain menu items at the
Costco food court, including hot dogs, actually
cost Costco cold, hard cash. The company loses
money on hot dogs, but doesn’t mind, because
customers who order hot dogs may buy lots
of stuff in the warehouse.
This Costco Sandwich Has A Cult Following
Pizza slices and hot dogs may be the first
things that people think of when they hear
the words, “Costco Food Court”, but there
is another food court menu item that gets
rave reviews, even though it’s not quite as
famous. This menu item is the BBQ Brisket
Sandwich. It’s so beloved by a certain segment
of Costco fans that it’s earned a cult following.
Many people believe it’s the most delectable
item on the Costco food court menu. It comes
wrapped in a cardboard circle, it costs just
$4.99 and it offers superior taste for a budget
price. While it’s technically the priciest
“individual serving” Costco food court menu
item, it’s not really so costly, is it? It’s
a very substantial sandwich, which is filled
with tender beef that’s flavored with a smoky-sweet
BBQ sauce. The sandwich also features a big,
soft bun. Inside the bun, you’ll find beef
brisket that’s layered with coleslaw. The
coleslaw adds a bit of zesty, fresh crunch. When
you gorge on this exceptional sandwich, you’re
likely to make a mess, but it’ll be worth
it. A lot of people are astonished that they
can get such a delicious sandwich at a budget
food court. This juicy and tender beef brisket
sandwich is well worth a try. The quality
of the meat is great, the sauce is tasty and
the coleslaw offers the perfect finishing
touch. Plus, this is a filling sandwich. It
offers plenty of bang for the buck. Most Costco
food courts carry this menu item, but some
may not. Hopefully, this popular sandwich
is offered at your local Costco food court.
No Costco Membership Required
If you visit a Costco with an outdoor food
court, you won’t need a membership to get
your hands on cheap, filling and yummy Costco
grub. If the food court is inside, you probably
will need a membership. The outdoor food courts
are there for all consumers, whether they
have Costco memberships or not. Usually, Costco
retail outlets with outdoor food courts are
located in places with warmer climates. Inside
of Costco, people are generally asked to provide
proof of membership before enjoying all that
these retail outlets have to offer, including
the indoor food courts. The cost of the most
basic membership at Costco is 60 bucks, so
it doesn’t cost a fortune to join. If you
buy a membership, you’ll have no trouble getting
your hands on Costco food court food and drink,
and you’ll also be able to score wholesale-priced
deals on a ton of products, from groceries
to electronics and beyond. If you don’t feel
like buying your own membership, you should
know that you may enter Costco as a member’s
guest. However, the member will need to pay
for your purchases inside of the warehouse.
It’s also possible to get in Costco with Costco
Cash Cards, but only members can buy these
cards, so you’ll need to ask a member to purchase
a Costco Cash Card for you.
Hot Dog Sales Are Through The Roof
Costco serves about one hundred million food
court hot dogs each year. Costco actually
started out serving nothing but hot dogs at
its retail outlets. There were hot dog carts
onsite, rather than the larger food kiosks
that we see now. The whole hot dog cart thing
was tested out in San Diego during the mid-80s
and it was a big hit with Costco customers.
Costco keeps the price of their hot dogs low
to offer perks to members. Costco leaders
want Costco’s members to feel special. Offering
cheap hot dogs helps customers to feel rewarded.
Costco hot dogs are sold for $1.50 and come
with a 20-ounce soda. A free soda refill is
available. Few would dispute that this is
a great deal. Even Costco employees appreciate
the hot dog deal and many enjoy hot dog and
soda combos regularly. While some fast food
menu items shrink in size over the years,
this isn’t the case with the hot dog deal.
The hot dog is actually ten percent bigger
than it used to be. The drink is eight ounces
bigger, too. Clearly, the powers-that-be
at Costco understand that hot dogs are a powerful
marketing tool. They aren’t going to mess
with success by jacking up the price of their
hot dog and soda combo. Maybe they’ll need
to raise the price of the combo someday, but
that probably won’t happen anytime soon. Costco
is doing very well and can afford to lose
some money on its hot dogs.
No Costco Employee Discounts
Most Costco employees love eating at Costco
food courts, but they don’t get employee discounts
on hot dogs, pizza slices, and other Costco
food court fare. They have to pay full retail
like everyone else. Of course, the food is
really affordable. Plenty of employees have
commented on the fact that the food court
is a really convenient perk. It’s there for
employees when they get hungry or thirsty.
The food is cheap and filling and easy to
access. Sure, Costco employees would probably
love to get discounts on food court stuff,
but most are grateful for the affordability
of the food, even though they have to pay
full price. Employees do get other perks,
including four free memberships and extra
pay on Sundays. Overall, Costco is considered
a great place to work, thanks to competitive
benefits packages and access to an employee
stock purchase plan. So, which food court
menu items do Costco employees love the most?
Well, the pizza slices are a huge hit with
staff. The hot dog and soda deal is also really
popular. While some employees do get sick
of the food sometimes, they tend to get less
sick of the pizza and hot dogs. The churros
also get glowing accolades from Costco workers.
Menu Items Vary From Nation To Nation
In Canada, it’s possible to enjoy poutine
at Costco food courts. In case you don’t know,
poutine is a pile of french fries topped with
cheese curds and gravy. Yes, it’s as delicious
as it sounds. Menus at Costco food courts
vary from nation to nation. There are Costco
retail outlets in America, Canada, the UK,
Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Iceland,
France, Spain and Australia. Menus change
from time to time, but expect to find lasagna
at Mexican Costco food courts, mango smoothies
in Iceland, and shepherd’s pie in Wales. Some
people have been to Costco food courts in
a range of countries and they love comparing
the international menus to menus in their
own countries. Menus get adjusted to suit
the tastes of residents of specific regions.
This doesn’t just happen at Costco food courts.
It happens at McDonald’s, KFC, and a bunch
of other fast food restaurants. Costco food
courts in other countries may not be radically
different from what you’re used to, but there
will be small changes to the menus which are
interesting and novel. One fun fact is that
a Costco membership will work in any country.
If you travel outside of your home country,
just show a Costco clerk your card and explain
that it’s international. There will be a code
that the clerk enters that makes your card
valid in that country. You will have no problem
sampling international food court items, no
matter where you roam, as long as you have
a Costco membership.
Some Costco Menu Items Aren’t Too Healthy
Most of us don’t expect huge, cheesy slices
of pizza or hot dogs to be super-healthy.
When we order fast food, we realize that we’re
indulging in food that tends to come with
a lot of calories, fat grams and sodium. So,
it’s shouldn’t be a huge shocker that some
Costco food court menu items aren’t the healthiest.
Still, it’s good to be aware of the calorie
counts in popular items sold at these food
courts. The pepperoni pizza has 620 calories
a slice. Each slice has 24 fat grams. If you
go for the combo pizza slice, you’ll get a
piece of pizza with 680 calories and 29 fat
grams. The cheese pizza has a whopping calorie
count of 700 calories a slice, with 28 fat
grams. The hot dogs have 550 calories and
34 fat grams. If you indulge, balance things
out by having some light meals after you leave
Costco. The high calorie counts in some Costco
menu items sure don’t stop people from ordering
them. These food courts do a roaring trade.
The Chicken Bakes At Costco Are Freshly Made
Ever tried a Chicken Bake from Costco food
court? Whether you have or haven’t, you’ll
be pleased to know that these menu items are
made fresh and this is part of the reason
why they are so delicious. For the uninitiated,
a Costco food court Chicken Bake is similar
to a calzone. It’s made from pizza dough that
is filled with pizza cheese, chicken breast,
Caesar salad dressing and bacon bits. The
pizza dough used in Costco food court items
is exceptional. Before the dough is pressed,
it rests for a full day or as long as 27 hours.
When the dough is baked, it attains the perfect
degree of chewiness. Some people ask for extra
Caesar sauce on the side and then use it as
a dip. This menu hack is purported to amp
up the deliciousness of this classic Costco
food court menu item. Of course, it will also
bump up the calorie count. While it’s possible
to pick up frozen Kirkland Signature Chicken
Bakes in Costco to enjoy at home, most people
find that the food court version is yummier,
because Chicken Bakes form the food court
are made fresh each day. If you’re trying
to keep your sodium intake low, this tasty
item may not be the right choice, because
it has more than a daily supply of sodium.
Some Beloved Costco Items Have Left
Lots of fast food outlets change their menus
sometimes and then get complaints. It’s quite
common for people to miss older menu items
that have been discontinued. This has happened
with the Costco food court menu. Ice cream
bars were taken off the menu and some people
were just sad. Apparently, the cost of producing
the luscious bars was simply too high. Although
Costco runs the food courts more as a gesture
of goodwill to members, and in order to make
life more pleasant for Costco shoppers, they
do need to consider the bottom line sometimes. The
Polish Sausage was also taken off the menu,
because it wasn’t really the healthiest choice.
Of course, many people miss the Polish sausage.
The Polish hot dog had plenty of flavor, but
got pushed aside to make room for healthy
menu items that many people probably don’t
really want. McDonald’s added healthier stuff,
like salads, but they don’t sell well. Costco
did the same thing, but, judging by what most
people are eating at Costco food courts, the
higher calorie fare is still the most popular
by far. It’s nice that the healthy stuff is
there for those who want it, but it usually
isn’t what people crave.
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