Food A slice of pizza from Costco served with a drink for $1.99. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice

A slice of pizza from Costco served with a drink for $1.99. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice

Feed three for 10 bucks at Costco

Published on September 18th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

With a $10 budget, it’s not too tough to find an affordable lunch. Two for $10 is even trickier. Three for $10? That’s just crazy.

Unless you go to the Costco food court.

Just past the registers at the warehouse giant, you’ll see a large color photo of a hot dog with text letting you know that for $1.50 you can get a wiener or Polish sausage and a soda for $1.50. It’s been the same price for 30 years. Now that’s stability.

Costco requires a membership to shop there, but you don’t need a membership to go into the food court. That’s right, $1.50 hot dogs whenever you want. Of course, we didn’t know that when we were planning this trip, and since neither I nor Juice’s photographer has a membership, I invited my mother-in-law along for lunch as well.

I went with the hot dog option, expecting to get a tiny meal on a bland bun. To my surprise, it was a large (not foot long, but not Oscar Meier size either) hot dog on a sesame seed bun. There’s a condiment bar with ketchup, mustard, deli mustard and onions.

My photographer went with a slice of pizza, which was pricier at $1.99 but also included a drink. Again, this is not some reheated frozen pizza cardboard slice. It was big and loaded with toppings.

My mother-in-law wasn’t very hungry, so she just got a $1.45 berry smoothie. Our grand total: $5.86.

If hot dogs and pizza aren’t your thing, there are also $3.99 hot turkey and provolone sandwiches, $2.99 chicken bakes and a $3.99 chicken Caesar salad. You can also get a $1 churro or ice cream for dessert.

I was satisfied with my lunch, but since we had access to Costco my mother-in-law and I wandered the aisles to see what free samples we could get to increase the value of the trip. After samples of a granola bar, pita chips with spinach artichoke dip, popcorn, a shotglass sized bowl of minestrone soup, egg rolls and a boneless chicken wing I was pretty much stuffed. Awesome.


Where: 7205 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines

Hours: 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

Info: 222-2920


Our receipt

Hot dog combo… $1.50

Pizza combo… $1.99

Berry smoothie… $1.45

Total with tax: $5.86

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Joe Lawler covers music and more for Juice Magazine. E-mail him at or follow his updates on Twitter @JoeLawler

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