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Sam's Club Food Court vs. Costco Food Court — Prices & More

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While the Costco food court promises that their hot dog combo will stay $1.50 forever, Sam’s Club has one-upped them — dropping their hot dog combo price to $1.38. Is this the start of a Costco food court vs. Sam’s Club food court price war? Here’s hoping.

We’ve taken a look at the food court prices at both warehouse giants and talk about how Sam’s Club stacks up. Plus, we’ll tell you more about the can’t-miss deals in their food court. That’s a great complement to all the Sam’s Club coupons we’ve collected.


What inflation? The Sam’s Club food court hot dog has dropped to $1.38.

hand holding a Sam's Club Hot Dog inside the store

The Sam’s Club hot dog combo used to be the same price as the Costco hot dog combo: $1.50. Just like Costco, Sam’s Club hasn’t changed their hot dog prices since the 1980s, but starting on Nov. 16, 2022, Sam’s Club has dropped their hot dog combo to $1.38. While we’re used to costs going up on everything — like most of the Costco Food Court prices — even the 8% reduction feels like a win.

At both warehouse clubs’ food courts, the combos come with a quarter-pound hot dog with a drink. It’s easily one of the cheapest dining deals that you can get.

Related: Want more juicy details about the Sam’s Club vs. Costco battle? We found out who shines for perks, monthly savings, and more.


Sam’s Club has a similar food court menu to Costco’s — here’s how they compare.

A child drinking out of a disposable Pepsi drink cup with a piece of pepperoni pizza on a plate next to him in the Costco food court.

The hot dog combo isn’t the only food court item that’s cheaper at Sam’s Club. If you’re looking for dessert after your meal, Sam’s Club will be cheaper than Costco. Here’s how the two food courts’ similar items compare:

Sam’s Club Pizza vs. Costco Pizza

  • Sam’s Club: $2.50/slice
  • Costco: $1.99/slice

Sam’s Club Churro vs. Costco Churro

  • Sam’s Club: $1
  • Costco: $1.49

Sam’s Club Berry Sundae vs. Costco Berry Sundae

  • Sam’s Club: $1.58
  • Costco: $2.49

Related: If you want to unlock all the secrets at Costco and Sam’s Club, make sure to review our best tips for shopping at the Costco bakery and the Sam’s Club bakery.



You don’t need a Sam’s Club membership to eat at the food court.

Sams Club store front

Unlike the Costco food court, you can eat at the Sam’s Club food court without having a membership. Same goes for their optical center and pharmacy. All of Costco’s departments are members-only (but you can get an eye exam at Costco Optical without being a member.)

You can even shop SamsClub.com without a membership (but you’ll have to pay a 10% upcharge on your purchases).

Related: Looking for even more Sam’s Club discounts and Costco coupons? We know how to get discounts at all your favorite retailers and grocery stores.


Sam’s Club lets you order ahead from the food court with Scan & Go.

A sign in Sam's Club about the Cafe Scan & Go ordering

As long as you have the Sam’s Club app (iOS / Android), you can unlock a pretty nifty feature that Costco doesn’t have — online ordering.

Skip the lines at the Sam’s Club Cafe and just place your food order right in the app. You can pay through the app, too, and your order will be ready for you to grab on the way out the door.


Get an even cheaper Sam’s Club hot dog by buying various items separately.

Sam's Club hot dog, buns, and mustard; buy these to save even more on Sam's Club food court prices

Looking for even more ways to save on your hot dogs? Here’s what you have to buy in the Sam’s Club warehouse to save 28.2% on your next hot dog:

With these ingredients, you can get the hot dog/soda combo for only $0.99 each — a $0.39 difference. It’s not a huge discount, but it’ll have you saving on all your hot dog purchases.

Related: Here are some more of our favorite ways to save at Sam’s Club.



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