10 Costco Food Court Secrets Only Employees Know About (Part 2)

The Costco Food court is the most inexpensive
and convenient place to grab some grub after shopping, after all their tagline is” Simplifying
Home and Life”. It not only manages to bring you cheap food but it still turns a profit.
Here are 10 Costco Food Court Secrets that only employees know about. Costco makes its own Hot Dogs They say that the Costco food court is not
a goldmine. It only turns a small profit annually from the sales of food items because there
has been relatively no price increase in the past 30 years. Since their debut in 1985,
Costco has been selling their hot dog and soda combo for $1.50 and the pizza combo for
only $1.99. Meanwhile, hot dogs are 10% bigger and the sodas have also increased in size,
with free refills to boot. A fantastic deal, you could say! No one offers you something
like that these days. How do they do it? Aside from Costco selling over 100 million hot dogs
a year, which is four times more than what is sold at any ballpark in a season, the low
price is one of the reasons it’s so popular and Costco banks on this fact. Did you know
that the chain does everything in their power to keep the prices down? In 2013, they switched
to selling Pepsi products after Coca-Cola increased their prices, and in 2009, they
switched from Hebrew National to making their own Kirkland Signature Brand hot dogs in order
to avoid raising prices as well. Employees beg to differ when it comes to saying Costco
does not make a profit, however small, with 128 million hot dogs sold each year, it equals
a whopping $192 million dollars in revenue. Plus all those happy shoppers are roaming
around the store after a cheap lunch and buying plenty of other things that the company will
make money on. Largest Pizza Chain Costco is known for many great things, but
one would never guess that it is also known for being a top pizza chain. With about 400
locations situated in the U.S. alone, and only a few of those actually selling pizza,
it is ranked the 14th largest pizza chain in America. It is also one of the cheapest among
all the pizza other chains, at a cost of $1.99 per slice or a full pizza for $9.99. It’s
been reported that Costco compared to Pizza Hut or Domino’s, has some pretty impressive
statistics for a warehouse store. They may lack in option and variations, but Costco
food court pizzas are available in three of the most popular options. Plain pizza which
comes topped with 1 lb. of mixed mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, pepperoni, and a combination
topped with vegetables. You have the option of purchasing a slice or a whole pizza which
measures 16 inches in diameter. The pizzas are great for the price point value, they
claim to be perfectly cooked, with loads of cheese and a crispy crust. Costco works hard
to make sure their pizza is practically perfect every time. Order Ahead / Take-out Here are a few more secrets and tips that
you may not know about when ordering Pizza at the Costco food court. As one of the largest
Pizza chains, they also have some of the same services as other pizza franchises. Did you
know you can call in your order ahead of time? You can’t order online as of yet, but you
can pick up at the food court whether or not you’re shopping there. Costco prefers the
latter, as the food court is a perk for those with memberships, but they will allow non-members
too. But please don’t call during peak times. Unfortunately, the drawback is that they don’t
deliver, so you will have to get up off the couch and go pick it up yourself. Let’s
hope the nearest Costco is not miles away. It may not be the perfect scenario for some,
but it’s great if you are nearby or often shop at Costco. It’s probably cheaper than
other local pizza joints, unless they are having a two for one deal. if your choice
is to eat in the food court and you don’t finish your pizza, you can always ask for
a take-out box and bring the rest home for later. A little bite of weird trivia, do you
know exactly how many pepperoni slices are on top of a pepperoni pizza at Costco? According
to the Costco Connection, all pepperoni pizza pies are topped with 60 slices of “US-made”
pepperoni not one more or less, even if you ask for it. Magical Mystery Robot There’s a method to Costco madness, when
it comes to making pizza. Ever wonder why the pizzas at Costco are always on point with
the sauce-to-cheese ratio? It’s because they’ve got the pizza-making down to a science
with a little help from a pizza robot that ensure their pizzas are perfect every time.
The hypnotic pizza robot evenly distributes a delicious layer of sauce onto every pizza.
The pizza robot is actually mesmerizing to watch, it’ll will put you in such a trance
that it will make you crave a slice within minutes. First, they make sure that the dough
has completely risen, then they press it into perfectly even shaped pies. After that they
add the sauce, your favorite toppings, and freshly grated cheese, they are baked in a
600 degree oven which cooks the pizzas evenly in just 6 minutes. That makes a whole lot
of pies! Pizza that isn’t sold within an hour gets replaced with another fresh one
straight out the oven. Costco has streamlined their pizza process to make it as efficient
and cost effective as possible and they never skimp on ingredients. Everything is measured
to a standard and you will have a perfectly delicious pizza every time. Pay n Go Every one loves the Food court, especially
because the food is so cheap and you don’t want to miss out on another deal. But you
can see that the line-ups are long and there are a couple of empty tables left at the food
court. You are tired and don’t feel like standing in line waiting for food. What do
you do! Going home and cooking is not an option, it’s late, you’re tired and plus you have
those groceries to unpack when you get home. Think Strategically! The easiest way to skip
the line at the food court, is to add it to your tab while at the cash register upon checking
out? Just politely ask the cashier, then go to the express line at the food court, show
your receipt, and your meal will be ready in seconds. Of course, you have to be purchasing
items from the store for this hack to work, but there is always something you will need
from Costco. Another way to avoid the line ups is using the digital kiosks to complete
your order. If you have these machines in your local food court, you just tap in what
you want, pay with a card, and head to the pick-up window. Food is Fresher with Line-ups You won’t have to wait around too long to
get your food at the Costco food court, it is fast food after all. The line ups are a
different story and can be incredible long at times, as well as quite discouraging, especially
during peak shopping hours. One of the best things about the line ups, is you know the
food is flying off the shelves quickly. Therefore your food will be freshly made. So don’t
walk out the door before getting that bite to eat, because the outcome will outweigh
the downside. If you leave, not only will you miss out on a good opportunity to pay
dirt cheap prices for the same thing elsewhere, you will miss out on better quality food.
As per Costco employees, the food is fresher at peak hours during lunch and supper because
of the high turnover. When it gets really busy, those pizzas are flying out of the oven
in no time. The food is not sitting under heat lamps drying out, even though they do
switch out the pizzas every hour. But in case you come at the 1/2 hr mark, the pizza has
had enough time to sit there and get very oily with all that cheese. The same goes for
the hot dogs or other menu items. They whip up more hot dogs during the rush, estimating
they will have more clients. They have everything ready-made and raring to go in seconds. Fast
service is a highlight of the experience, andunchtime is always a safe bet”. As one
Costco food court employee put it “when the lines are long, the churros are good.” Employees are Big Food Court Fans You know a place is good when employees vouch
for it. Costco employees are the food courts biggest fans. They should know, they work
and eat there every day, so they have some great insider tips. They know what is good,
and a what is a great deal. One of the  most popular food court items among store employees,
is the pizza. One store employee vowed on social media that he eats there more than
he should. He believes the “Pizza Crust is yummy, the toppings are of good quality” and
after eating a slice of pizza, he goes for his second favorite, the pistachio gelato.
Other employee prefer the pepperoni pizza, because of the crispy pepperoni and cheesy
consistency. Most employees would rather eat there after work than anywhere else. They
know what goes into the food and trust the quality of Costco products. Costco employees
what their favorite Costco food court was and most answered that the pizza was by far
the winner and the most popular, with hot dogs coming in second. Another popular food
court contender with the employees was the berry smoothie at $1.50. They all thought
this was a good healthy option, especially for breakfast. Nutritional Information We all know by now that most food courts don’t
offer very healthy food options usually. Costco is no exception, although their in store products
leave a good mark, the exact opposite can be said about the food court. If you are worried
about what goes into your lean fit body and are a fanatic about daily healthy eating,
you can ask for a list of nutritional information regarding items on the menu at the food court.
This way you can actually gauge on what would be a healthier food alternative for you. Although
one must say, the Costco food court has few choices for those healthy eaters. It does
have some options, although limited, even their Caesar Chicken Salad packs lots of calories.
The Acai bowls or the fruit smoothies may sound boring, but can do the trick. Don’t
fret, one day of cheating won’t kill you. If you are really worried about how much damage
it will do, just ask for nutritional information sheets. Employees have them readily available
at the food court and keep them under the counter. They may not like you doing this
on busy times, but they are available if you must have one one. Rotating Menu Items Depending on the location of your Costco,
the food court will have one open slot on their menu for a rotating menu item. This
means that while all the mainstays you expect to find at the Coscto food court will always
be there, you’re also likely to find a fresh new menu item when you visit the Costco food
court. Of course, the menu changes are based on local tastes and are not exactly the same
from region to region and in other countries.So yes, don’t worry, you will always find menu
favorites like the Chicken Bake, Acai Bowls, Pizza, Berry Smoothies, Hot Dogs, Moche Latte
Freeze, Chicken Caesar Salads, and Churros, to name a few. But you’ll also find a rotating
menu item that always changing. These have included things like a Turkey Wraps, Carne
Asada Bake, Hot Turkey and Provolone, and Barbecue Beef Brisket Sandwiches. When you
see one of these on the menu make sure to scoop it up as they are only available while
supplies last and may be replaced by another rotating menu item next time you visit your
local Costco food court. The Secret to Chicken Bake is Caesar Dressing Costco shoppers and employees just love the
chicken bakes sold at Costco’s food court. A cross between, a calzone or pizza pocket
and a chicken Caesar salad, these tender morsels are a big fan favorite. Exclusive to Costco,
they are pretty addictive. The Costco chef’s secret aside from being made fresh from scratch
daily, is their secret Caesar sauce. They use the same pizza dough for their pizzas,
but smother the top of them with Caesar dressing instead of tomato sauce, then they add grilled
and sliced chicken breasts, mozzarella, bacon, and onions. The y then roll them up, top it
with some more Caesar dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese, and pop them in the ovens
to get baked, not fried. The Caesar dressing gives it that salty, creamy kick that just
oozes goodness. It’s the same dressing used for their Chicken Caesar salad. You can ask
for a pack if you want extra sauce. Food court Chicken bakes are far more superior than the
frozen in-store brand, but if you want to try making them yourself, you can find the
recipe online. Find more great videos right here. Just tap
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