Why Costco Shoppers Are Jealous Of The Store's Canadian Food Courts

There are plenty of perks that come with having a Costco membership, though having access to the warehouse's infamous food court might be one of the best. Its menu is small but mighty, consisting of delicious treats like churros, chicken bakes, and massive slices of cheesy pizza. And then, of course, there's the iconic $1.50 hot dog and soda combo that, even with today's rampant inflation, won't be seeing a price hike anytime soon as Costco's senior VP of finance and investor relations Bob Nelson guaranteed during the company's Q3 earnings call last month.

Yes, Costco certainly spoils members with its in-house eatery's cheap, tasty eats, which shoppers are constantly showing their appreciation for on social media. However, that's not to say they don't also feel a tinge of jealousy when they hear about what Costco cardholders living in other parts of the world get to chow down on when visiting the chain. As SheKnows points out, Costco food courts outside of the U.S. offer a variety of unique dishes, such as bulgogi bakes in Korea and poke bowls in Australia. The food courts at Costco's Canadian warehouses are also serving up a few one-of-a-kind meals, including one entree that has Americans particularly green with envy.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for poutine

Costco shoppers from around the world have been kind enough to show off their home food court menus on Reddit, but while they've been interesting to see, they've also made several U.S.-based patrons feel like they're seriously missing out. After Reddit user u/jsl19 shared a photo to the platform of their food court menu in Alberta, Canada, several people expressed their desire to see one dish, in particular, show up in America. "I want poutine in my local Costco," commented u/estchkita, who was just one of a number of Costco fans on Reddit advocating for the gravy and cheese curd-slathered fries to make their way south. "I want Costco poutine in my life," u/BlinkySLC wrote. "Cries in American," a third user quipped.

The Canadian delicacy was easily the most coveted dish served at Costco warehouses in the Great White North — though it wasn't the only item Americans wished they could find at their home food courts. "Chicken wings?! So jealous!" u/Cat727 lamented, while chicken strips and plain fries were the objects of several other U.S.-based shoppers' desires.

At this point, Costco cardholders in the U.S. may feel like they're getting the short end of the stick, but it isn't all bad. As Redditor u/devilkazma pointed out in a separate thread, Canadian Costco food courts don't serve the chain's infamous chicken bakes. At least we've got something going for us.