Costco customers envious over food court item only available in Canada: ‘Best thing on the menu’

Food court fiasco.

Costco fanatics have been left agitated online after discovering Canada’s rival to the $1.50 hot dog and soda combo is not offered in the US.

Last month, a Reddit user shared a post from a food court menu inside one of the retailer’s Canadian locations, showing that a chicken strips and fries combo costs only C$6.99 — about $5.08.

A Reddit user shared a post from a food court menu inside one of Costco’s Canadian locations, showing that a chicken strips and fries combo costs only C$6,99 — about $5.08. r/Costco/Reddit

However, the deal is not offered in the US, which left American shoppers aggrieved.

“Why the hell doesn’t Costco USA have french fries or chicken strips?!?! I would kill for that!!” one Redditor angrily questioned.

“We need to use the power of this sub to get Chicken Strips and Fries on the US menu(and poutine too!),” explained another.

“Chicken and fries would be such a hit in the states,” one user commented on the post.

However, Canadians were unaware that the offer wasn’t available in America, and one user replied that it was “the best thing on the menu.”

Canadian locations also have poutine — french fries covered in cheese curds and drenched in gravy. r/Costco/Reddit

But, the chicken strip combo is not the only Costco food item Canadian locations have that isn’t offered in the States.

The Canuck’s also have poutine — french fries covered in cheese curds and drenched in gravy.

However, the realization that Canadians have poutine pointed out another flaw in the US menu — Costco’s in America doesn’t offer fries in its food courts.

The chicken strip and fries combo is not offered in the US, which left American shoppers aggrieved. r/Costco/Reddit

“You don’t have fries at Costco in the states? That’s extremely surprising,” one Canadian user responded.

“I feel so bad for you. The fries are honestly better than pretty much everything else. They aren’t normal fries either, I’m pretty sure they are battered to make them extra crispy and flavorful,” another explained.

“Fries are the best sellers at my warehouse! Poutine and Chicken strips+fries are the two most sold item! (Source: I work there),” shared another.

An outdoor food court area at the Costco in the Camino Real Marketplace Shopping Center, located just north of Santa Barbara. Getty Images

To make matters worse for Americans, Costco in Canada also offers the cherished hot dog and soda combo for C$1.50 — which is just over $1.

In America, the beloved hot dog and soda combo has been a fixture of Costco’s food court since the 1980s, and so has its $1.50 price. 

Departing Costco CFO Richard Galanti provided an update in March on whether customers might see changes to the cost of the warehouse retailer’s $1.50 hot dog and soda combo.

The hot dog and soda combo has been a fixture of Costco’s food court since the 1980s, and so has its $1.50 price.  VCG via Getty Images

Galanti explained before his departure from the retail giant that the deal “is probably safe for a while” after his decades-long tenure.

Former Kroger CFO Gary Millerchip will succeed Galanti.

To double down on Galanti’s claim, Millerchip promised last week that there were no planned price rises on its iconic food court staple.

The retailer stopped offering its churro earlier this year, which shocked many who regularly stop at its food courts for a sweet treat while shopping.

In place, Costco added a chocolate chip cookie costing $2.49.

Costco’s food courts also began offering a $6.99 turkey sandwich — an option not available at Canadian locations.

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