50 foods that Costco employees and members love

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  • Costco's food court is home to a number of cheap and tasty menu options that members and food critics love.
  • Costco employees themselves have some favorites, too.
  • Business Insider reached out to 49 Costco workers and scoured the web to figure out what meals and Kirkland Signature brand items in the store are considered standout hits.

Costco food courts are a prime attraction at the warehouse company.

And so are many of the delicacies put forward by its in-house brand: Kirkland Signature.

Whether you're looking to grab the chain's classic $1.50 hot dog-and-beverage combo, visiting international Costcos on a globe-trotting adventure, or grocery shop for your family's weekly meals, it's a good idea to gather intel on what tastes good at Costco.

Business Insider spoke to 49 current and former Costco employees about their favorite food offerings at the company. We also trawled the internet for items that members found especially praiseworthy. Keep in mind, prices and food court menus vary between warehouses.

Here are the food options employees and members love at Costco:

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Costco's giant muffins are a good pick, despite the calories

Costco's giant muffins are a good pick, despite the calories

Members love the croissants — and recommend popping them in the oven to make them even better

Members love the croissants — and recommend popping them in the oven to make them even better

The company's maple syrup is a 'steal' — it's an easy way to sweeten up your pancakes without feeling sour about spending

The company's maple syrup is a 'steal' — it's an easy way to sweeten up your pancakes without feeling sour about spending

Kirkland coffee can be quite a pick-me-up for some

Kirkland coffee can be quite a pick-me-up for some

The massive quantities of blueberries are perfect for some members — many members find the large quantity of fruits and vegetables just right

The massive quantities of blueberries are perfect for some members — many members find the large quantity of fruits and vegetables just right

One member praised the chain's almond milk — it was considered "just as good as Blue Diamond"

One member praised the chain's almond milk — it was considered "just as good as Blue Diamond"

Variations on the turkey provolone sandwich got a thumbs up from employees

Variations on the turkey provolone sandwich got a thumbs up from employees

The chicken bake is a well-liked guilty pleasure. One Costco member wrote, "I get the chicken bake the most because it's delicious — and I enjoy the self-loathing after I eat it."

The chicken bake is a well-liked guilty pleasure. One Costco member wrote, "I get the chicken bake the most because it's delicious — and I enjoy the self-loathing after I eat it."

The cheese pizza at Costco's food court is a popular pick among employees — and Costco is technically the 14th largest pizza chain in the US

The cheese pizza at Costco's food court is a popular pick among employees — and Costco is technically the 14th largest pizza chain in the US

... but a number of people also sprang for Costco's combo pizza...

... but a number of people also sprang for Costco's combo pizza...

... while others opted for the pepperoni slices

... while others opted for the pepperoni slices

If you don't have time for the food court, there's always Kirkland's frozen pizza

If you don't have time for the food court, there's always Kirkland's frozen pizza

The classic hot-dog-and-soda combo has been a hit for decades

The classic hot-dog-and-soda combo has been a hit for decades

The food court's bratwurst may be on its way out, much to the disappointment of some Costco employees and members

The food court's bratwurst may be on its way out, much to the disappointment of some Costco employees and members

Italian sausage sandwiches are also a flavorful option at the food court

Italian sausage sandwiches are also a flavorful option at the food court

Costco's outgoing Polish dog will be missed by many...

Costco's outgoing Polish dog will be missed by many...

... but the food court's relatively new chili option has received praise

... but the food court's relatively new chili option has received praise

Costco's poutine options are a big draw for Canadian members...

Costco's poutine options are a big draw for Canadian members...

... and the chain's French fries are also an international hit...

... and the chain's French fries are also an international hit...

... as are the bulgogi bakes

... as are the bulgogi bakes

The chicken Caesar salad is a good option for salad-lovers

The chicken Caesar salad is a good option for salad-lovers

Kirkland's olive oil is a boon to many members

Kirkland's olive oil is a boon to many members

And Costco's quinoa options allow shoppers to make healthier choices

And Costco's quinoa options allow shoppers to make healthier choices

A number of members rely on the company's chicken stock...

A number of members rely on the company's chicken stock...

... while the warehouse's chicken noodle soup is also a favorite...

... while the warehouse's chicken noodle soup is also a favorite...

... and, of course, the chain's famous rotisserie chickens are a classic meal

... and, of course, the chain's famous rotisserie chickens are a classic meal

One shopper praised the 'gigantic pork loins'...

One shopper praised the 'gigantic pork loins'...

... while others swear by Costco when it comes to bringing home the bacon

... while others swear by Costco when it comes to bringing home the bacon

Some members always make sure to pick up some pulled pork

Some members always make sure to pick up some pulled pork

Some members like to live on the briny side and spring for Costco's seafood ...

Some members like to live on the briny side and spring for Costco's seafood ...

... specifically the salmon

... specifically the salmon

And others said that the basil pesto makes everything better

And others said that the basil pesto makes everything better

Kirkland's dried blueberries are a healthy snack beloved by at least one member

Kirkland's dried blueberries are a healthy snack beloved by at least one member

The beef jerky has been described as both 'worthwhile' and 'tender'

The beef jerky has been described as both 'worthwhile' and 'tender'

Kirkland granola bars are worth biting into

Kirkland granola bars are worth biting into

According to some members, Costco makes a mean Irish cream...

According to some members, Costco makes a mean Irish cream...

... a party-worthy margarita mix...

... a party-worthy margarita mix...

... standout vodka ...

... standout vodka ...

... 'shockingly good' Scotch ...

... 'shockingly good' Scotch ...

... and their gin is 'good stuff,' too

... and their gin is 'good stuff,' too

According to one critic, Costco's wines are also worth a toast...

According to one critic, Costco's wines are also worth a toast...

... as is their Prosecco

... as is their Prosecco

The chain's sheet cakes are a big deal for some members

The chain's sheet cakes are a big deal for some members

Costco's pumpkin pies are more than just a holiday go-to for some families

Costco's pumpkin pies are more than just a holiday go-to for some families

The chocolate chunk cookie is a mouthwatering treat for some members

The chocolate chunk cookie is a mouthwatering treat for some members

Three employees find the mocha freeze yummy

Three employees find the mocha freeze yummy

Gelato is a refreshingly icy treat for many food court denizens...

Gelato is a refreshingly icy treat for many food court denizens...

... while some opt for the frozen yogurt...

... while some opt for the frozen yogurt...

... and others go for berry smoothies instead

... and others go for berry smoothies instead

And when it comes to dessert, churros are always a fan favorite

And when it comes to dessert, churros are always a fan favorite
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