The Costco Food Court is amazing and is one of the many things that makes a trip to Costco feel like more of an adventurous journey rather than a dreary shopping experience. I will admit that I have made up excuses to go to Costco just so I could buy the hot dog combo 🙂
Keep reading and we will cover:
- What Does Costco Have at the Food Court?
- How to Order and Pay at Costco’s Food Court
- Do You Need to Be a Costco Member to Use the Food Court?
- What Are the Food Court Hours?
- The Most Important Thing at the Food Court
Costco Food Court Menu Options
At most US based food courts the menu is pretty standard and includes:
- Hot Dog Combo
- Chicken Bake
- Pizza (Slices and Whole)
- Twisted Churros
- Ice Cream (Sundaes and Plain)
- Fruit Smoothies
- Frozen Coffees (Mocha and Latte)
You used to be able to buy turkey and provolone sandwiches, brisket sandwiches, sausage and peppers and several other classics that many dedicated customers routinely ask Costco to bring back.
Here is a closer look at the current food court options.
The Costco Hot Dog Combo
The most famous item that is sold at every single Costco Food Court is the hot dog combo.
The hot dog is a massive quarter pounder and is made of all beef. The hot dog comes with a 20 ounce fountain drink and costs $1.50.
The hot dog combo has cost $1.50 since it was introduced in 1985 and, according to Costco, they have sold more than 1.6 billion hot dog combos worldwide.
Condiments are available for the hot dogs including:
- Sweet Relish
Some stores used to also have diced onions but it looks like those are no longer available.
In the United States, and many other countries, the fountain drink comes with free refills. In many European countries refills are not free.
Costco’s Chicken Bake
The Chicken Bake is filled with chicken that is marinated with Caesar dressing, mixed with bacon, and cheese, then topped with shredded parmesan cheese and baked to a golden brown.
The chicken bake costs $3.99.
The chicken bake is delicious but it is packing 840 calories and is absolutely not diet friendly.
Currently Costco only has Cheese or Pepperoni pizza available at the Food Court. Fans are constantly asking for Costco to bring back the Combination Pizza so maybe that will get back on the menu soon.
You can buy pizza by the slice or order a whole pizza. The price is the same for both the Cheese and Pepperoni pizzas.
- Pizza Slice: $1.99
- Whole 18 Inch Pizza: $9.95
If you need to feed a crowd for your office party, kids birthday, etc. then you can call ahead and place an order for a bunch of pizzas and they will have them baked and waiting for you when you get to the warehouse.
The whole pizzas are a great bargain. These 18 inch pizzas are pretty much the same price as a large pizza from Dominoes which is only 14 inches. This makes the Costco pizza 65% larger than Dominoes for the same money.
Costco’s Twisted Churros
The Twisted Churro is a long piece of fried dough coated in a pile of cinnamon and sugar. The churro is sweet and crunchy on the outside and deliciously chewy on the inside.
I like to think of the churros as a better version of a doughnut.
The Twisted Churro costs $1.49 and comes with 580 calories.
Costco Ice Cream
Costco has three ice cream options at the Food Court and they are:
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Strawberry Sundae with Vanilla Ice Cream
- Chocolate Sundae with Vanilla Ice Cream
The plain ice cream costs $1.99 while the sundaes cost $2.49.
Costco Frozen Coffee
Costco has two frozen coffee drinks, a Latte Freeze and a Mocha Freeze.
Both drinks are made with Cold Brewed Kirkland Signature Columbian Coffee. The Latte is the “regular” version of the drink while the Mocha is served with a tasty chocolate syrup.
These drinks, which both cost $2.99, are essentially coffee slushies that are amped up on sugar and are way to sweet for me.
- Latte Freeze: 310 Calories
- Mocha Freeze: 580 Calories
Costco Fruit Smoothie
Costco’s fruit smoothie has four servings of fruit and is made with no artificial flavors, colors or added sugar. The fruit flavors are apple, pineapple and pear along with some blackberries and strawberries.
The 16 ounce smoothie only has 220 calories making it the healthiest option on the Food Court menu.
Costco’s fruit smoothie costs $2.99.
Costco currently only offers Pepsi products from their fountain drink dispensers.
You get a 20 ounce fountain drink with your $1.50 hot dog or can buy one for $0.69 to go with your pizza or chicken bake.
In the US you get free drink refills.
How to Order and Pay at Costco’s Food Court
The Baton Rouge Costco uses a self serve kiosk and I am pretty sure most stores will be converted to this system within a year or so.
To place an order you use the touch screen to select the items that you want. Once the food item is selected you can increase the quantity if you want to buy more than one.
After your selection is complete, press the “Pay for Order” button and use your credit card to complete payment.
After you pay the credit card machine will give you a receipt with your order number.
Hold onto you receipt and wait near the counter until your order number is called.
Once your order number is called show the employee your receipt, grab your food and enjoy!
Please note that with this new system you can ONLY pay with a Visa card. The credit card machines will not accept Mastercard or American Express and there is no option to pay with cash.
Do You Need to be a Costco Member to Use the Food Court
You do not need to be a member to use the food court at some Costco locations, but not all.
It turns out that Costco has several different designs for their warehouses and in some of them you can access the Food Court without having to go through the main entrance where they check for your Membership Card.
For example, at the Baton Rouge warehouse the Food Court is located beside the counter where people can buy a Membership. You can walk through the side door entrance, go past the Membership counter and place an order at the self serve kiosk without anyone asking for your Membership Card.
I got on a Help Chat with Costco’s customer service and a lovely lady named Debra confirmed that non-members were able to use the Food Court as long as it is accessible from the outside of the store.
Costco Food Court Hours of Operation
The Food Court maintains the same hours as the warehouse. At my warehouse the hours of operation are:
- Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Christmas Eve: 8:30 a.m. – 5: p.m.
- New Years Eve: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed for the following Holidays
- New Year’s Day
- Easter Sunday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Operational hours can vary by warehouse.
The Most Important Thing about Costco’s Food Court
The most important thing you really should remember when you are visiting the Food Court is that the employees working behind the counter are real people performing a hard job.
Say, “Thank you” when the employee hands you food.
Costco employees all pretty much agree that working the Food Court is one of the hardest jobs in the store. The working conditions are tough, standing all day and working around 400F ovens, but what makes the job REALLY HARD is the customers.