A freelance writer from the country, living in Melbourne.
Published May 12th 2014
Slice of American heaven in Ringwood
Upon initially obtaining a shiny new Costco membership card, the last thing on my mind was the food court. I was of course, thinking about more important things like buying a lifetime supply of toilet paper, 2 kilograms of pretzels, or perhaps a 10kg block of Cadbury dairy milk.
Once I'd worked all of the shopping out of my system (which is an article in itself!) I discovered the hidden beauty of the Costco food court.
The busy food court at Ringwood - lines move fast don't worry! - Credit: Sal R via Yelp.com.au
$1.99 for a hot dog AND a drink?! Had I died from warehouse shopping overdose and gone to heaven?
No, I was just in the paradise of Costco's food court. Now, health food eating-types, look away now! I warn you, the fodder available at Costco is not for those who shy away from typical American-style food. Although they do have a Chicken Caesar Salad on the menu, that's about the closest thing to healthy that's available.
First of all, the pizza is absolutely fan-freaking-tastic. It's exactly the same as the delicious pizzas I had when I was in L.A and Vegas, so for those hunting down an American pizza in Australia, look no further! Oh, and its $2.99 per giant slice ($14.99 for a whole pizza too!) My favourite is the five cheese, but there is also 'Combo' - basically a supreme, and also a BBQ Chicken topping.
5 Cheese Pizza - slice of heaven - Credit: Pomai via tastyislandhawaii.com
That two dollar hot dog and drink combo I mentioned earlier? It comes with your choice of mustard, ketchup, fresh diced onion and green relish - all available at the condiment bar in the seating area. For a condiment junkie like me, this is music to my ears!
Hot dog with all the toppings! Credit - Adam Kuban via slice.seriouseats.com
Great things: Cheap - easily $5 per person average Fast
Tasty Fresh & Hot
Authentic American style.
Not so great:
Not ideal for the health-conscious or those minding their diet
Can get very busy on peak times on the weekend
In 10 words or less: American style, cheap and delicious! Greasy, guilty pleasure.
There is absolutely nothing for me in the Food Court as I am gluten, lactose and caffeine intolerant but I am grateful for the toilets available. You really need to know your prices as most packaging is not in sizes we recognise. Smackos is same price as Big W, toilet paper is more expensive, I will not pay more than 50c a roll. Priceline can do much much better.
Read the 100gr costs and multiply by 10 to get the real price.
Love the service at the register and lots of stations to try foods again though never for me!!!!
Oh well I walk out having exercised my body and brain.
Buyer beware as usual.