50 foods that Costco employees and members love

Rick Bowmer/AP PhotosConsider these 50 beloved foods on your next Costco run.
  • Costco‘s food court is home to a number of cheap and tasty menu options that members and food critics love.
  • Costco employees themselves have some favourites, too.
  • Business Insider reached out to 49 Costco workers and scoured the web to figure out what meals and Kirkland Signature brand items in the store are considered standout hits.

Costco food courts are a prime attraction at the warehouse company.

And so are many of the delicacies put forward by its in-house brand: Kirkland Signature.

Whether you’re looking to grab the chain’s classic $US1.50 hot dog-and-beverage combo, visiting international Costcos on a globe-trotting adventure, or grocery shop for your family’s weekly meals, it’s a good idea to gather intel on what tastes good at Costco.

Business Insider spoke to 49 current and former Costco employees about their favourite food offerings at the company. We also trawled the internet for items that members found especially praiseworthy. Keep in mind, prices and food court menus vary between warehouses.

Here are the food options employees and members love at Costco:

Costco’s giant muffins are a good pick, despite the calories

YelpMuffins at Costco.

Members love the croissants — and recommend popping them in the oven to make them even better

YelpCostco’s croissants.

The company’s maple syrup is a ‘steal’ — it’s an easy way to sweeten up your pancakes without feeling sour about spending

YelpKirkland Signature maple syrup.

Kirkland coffee can be quite a pick-me-up for some

WorldOfRandomStuff / YoutubeKirkland Signature coffee.

The massive quantities of blueberries are perfect for some members — many members find the large quantity of fruits and vegetables just right

YelpBlueberries at Costco.

One member praised the chain’s almond milk — it was considered “just as good as Blue Diamond”

Variations on the turkey provolone sandwich got a thumbs up from employees

The chicken bake is a well-liked guilty pleasure. One Costco member wrote, “I get the chicken bake the most because it’s delicious — and I enjoy the self-loathing after I eat it.”

Hollis Johnson

The cheese pizza at Costco’s food court is a popular pick among employees — and Costco is technically the 14th largest pizza chain in the US

Hollis JohnsonCostco cheese pizza.

… but a number of people also sprang for Costco’s combo pizza…

YelpCostco combo pizza.

… while others opted for the pepperoni slices

YelpCostco pepperoni pizza.

If you don’t have time for the food court, there’s always Kirkland’s frozen pizza

YelpThe freezer aisle of a Costco.

The classic hot-dog-and-soda combo has been a hit for decades

Hollis JohnsonA Costco hot dog.

The food court’s bratwurst may be on its way out, much to the disappointment of some Costco employees and members

YelpA bratwurst from a Costco food court.

Italian sausage sandwiches are also a flavorful option at the food court

YelpAn Italian sausage sandwich from a Costco food court.

Costco’s outgoing Polish dog will be missed by many…

YelpCostco’s Polish hot dog.

… but the food court’s relatively new chilli option has received praise

YelpCostco’s chilli.

Costco’s poutine options are a big draw for Canadian members…

GoToVan/FlickrCostco’s poutine.

… and the chain’s French fries are also an international hit…

YelpCostco’s French fries.

… as are the bulgogi bakes

Ericsurf6/YoutubeA bulgogi bake from a Japanese Costco.

The chicken Caesar salad is a good option for salad-lovers

YelpA chicken Caesar salad from Costco.

Kirkland’s olive oil is a boon to many members

YelpKirkland Signature Pure Olive Oil.

And Costco’s quinoa options allow shoppers to make healthier choices

YelpA quinoa salad from Costco.

A number of members rely on the company’s chicken stock…

Dr. Ann Wellness/YoutubeKirkland Organic Chicken Stock.

… while the warehouse’s chicken noodle soup is also a favourite…

YelpChicken noodle soup from Costco.

… and, of course, the chain’s famous rotisserie chickens are a classic meal

One shopper praised the ‘gigantic pork loins’…

YelpPork loins from Costco.

… while others swear by Costco when it comes to bringing home the bacon

YelpBacon from Costco.

Some members always make sure to pick up some pulled pork

YelpKirkland Signature Smoked Pulled Pork.

Some members like to live on the briny side and spring for Costco’s seafood …

YelpSeafood at Costco.

… specifically the salmon

YelpA salmon milano dish prepared with basil pesto from Costco.

And others said that the basil pesto makes everything better

YelpBasil pesto at Costco.

Kirkland’s dried blueberries are a healthy snack beloved by at least one member

YelpKirkland-branded dried blueberries.

The beef jerky has been described as both ‘worthwhile’ and ‘tender’

YelpBeef jerky from Costco.

Kirkland granola bars are worth biting into

famoso AQM/YoutubeA Kirkland Signature Soft and Chewy Granola Bar.

According to some members, Costco makes a mean Irish cream…


… a party-worthy margarita mix…

YelpKirkland Signature Margarita Mix.

… standout vodka …

YelpKirkland Signature Vodka.

… ‘shockingly good’ Scotch …

WhiskyWhistle/YoutubeKirkland Signature Blended Scotch Whisky.

… and their gin is ‘good stuff,’ too


According to one critic, Costco’s wines are also worth a toast…

YelpWines at Costco.

… as is their Prosecco

YelpKirkland Signature Prosecco.

The chain’s sheet cakes are a big deal for some members

Anoka County Library/FlickrA cake from Costco.

Costco’s pumpkin pies are more than just a holiday go-to for some families

YelpCostco’s pumpkin pie.

The chocolate chunk cookie is a mouthwatering treat for some members

YelpOne of Costco’s cookie offerings.

Three employees find the mocha freeze yummy

YelpA mocha freeze from Costco.

Gelato is a refreshingly icy treat for many food court denizens…

YelpGelato from Costco.

… while some opt for the frozen yogurt…

YelpVanilla frozen yogurt from Costco.

… and others go for berry smoothies instead

YelpA berry smoothie from Costco.

And when it comes to dessert, churros are always a fan favourite

Hollis JohnsonA churro from Costco’s food court.

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