Ian Pike 4 p.m., Dec. 12
Elizabeth Salaam’s recent Feast! blogs celebrating lunch at Target and Ikea, and Ed Bedford’s tribute to 7-11 hot dogs got me to thinking about one of my favorite guilty pleasures, the Costco hot dog.
Food courts are the booty call of dining. Cheap and available, but not necessarily satisfying. I rarely eat at them, but I’ll definitely make an exception for Costco.
My favorite is at the Costco Business Center on Othello Avenue at Balboa (correction: Convoy) in Linda Vista. It’s smaller than most, and doesn’t have everything the traditional Costco has, but it’s usually not crowded and the parking is good.
You know the drill. Cash only, order at the window and grab your food.
For $1.62, tax included, I’ve got a ¼ all beef dog and a 20 ounce soda with refill. I love the way the foil wrapper steams the bun. Crank on some chopped onions, a good squirt of yellow mustard, and does it get any better than this?
It’s juicy, beefy, salty, and has a bit of chew, all wrapped in soft, pillowy white bread. Worth every guilty bite, and there’s no walk of shame the next morning.
Costco Food Court
Various locations, hours and menu items.