June 26, 2013
Check out the Costco Food Court for a top dog deal

costco.JPGStopped by the Costco Food Court today for the best dog deal in town - a quarter-pound all-beef wiener or Polish dog with a 20-ounce drink for $1.63 with tax. You needn't be a shopping-club member to grab a bite there.

As we waited 10 minutes in line, we took note of the wall-mounted menu and found more bargains: churro, $1; chicken Caesar salad, $3.99; pizza slice, $1.99 ($9.95 for a whole 18-incher); cheese-and-bacon-stuffed chicken fingers, $2.99; hot turkey and provolone sandwich, $3.99; plus frozen treats, $1.35 to $1.65.

We got our dogs, dressed them with deli mustard and relish, filled our cups with raspberry iced tea, grabbed some napkins and found seats at a metal picnic table (which needs a good scrubbing).

Lunch there is like eating in an open-air aviary, with birds flitting here and there looking for crumbs. The dogs were hot, tasty and filling (they once were kosher), the tea was cold and refreshing. The price was right, made possible by high-volume sales and a limited menu of easily prepared items. So what's not to like?

Find the food court at 1600 Expo Parkway, (916) 563-7002; 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.

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