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No More Polish Dogs at Costco's Food Court???

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Costco has decided to break my snack-heart. Today I went to the food court to get my favorite snack, a Polish dog and a drink, and Costco has taken it off of the menu. o.O  The worker said they still had hot dogs. Um, no thanks. Sadness has crept into my life.


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There's a huge difference between a Polish dog and the standard hot dog.  We aren't Costco members, but you have my sympathies!

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It must be a regional thing because they still have them around here.


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On 12/2/2017 at 2:20 PM, MSRadell said:

It must be a regional thing because they still have them around here.

Yes, this. 

I remember the too-short time when Costco used large plastic bags for your groceries when you checked out. I loved the bags They were far better than the bags you would get from the "regular" grocery stores. They had the bags in my mom's Costco where she lived. Yet they never appeared at my local Costco. Eventually they were discontinued at my mom's Costco.

It turns out Costco has regional managers who determine what is sold/used at area Costcos. That's why there are differences in Costcos, from gas prices to the Polish dogs being served (or not being served). 

Personally, I would complain loud, and often, for them to bring the Polish dogs back. You can't be the only one who misses them.

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Once every few weeks or so, I visit Costco, and my treat is often a Polish dog.  The last time I visited, the Polish dog was still on the menu.  My sympathies, Porthos.

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@Shel_BIt does appear to be regional.  I stopped at the Gilroy, CA Costco on my way to Pacifica and saw the Polish dog on the menu as I passed by.


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1 hour ago, GlorifiedRice said:

How are they different?

 

Polish dogs are spicier ...


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3 hours ago, GlorifiedRice said:

How are they different?

And to me they have a coarser texture closer to a sausage than a hot dog.


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On 12/19/2017 at 8:44 PM, Porthos said:

And to me they have a coarser texture closer to a sausage than a hot dog.

 

Come to think of it, yes, the texture is a bit coarser than the Costco dogs.

 

On 12/20/2017 at 4:22 AM, GlorifiedRice said:

@Porthos @Shel_B Are they like an Oscar Mayer "Smokies"?

 

Never had a Smokie ... think along the line of Kielbasa

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I was so disappointed the first time I ever bought and tasted OM cocktail "Smokies". I thought they were something special because they were significantly more expensive than regular hot dogs and was all fired up about serving them at a party where I was splurging. It turned out that they are nothing more than teeny hot dogs, which I don't care for. My guests enjoyed them, though, and that's good, but I won't buy those again. It was a real letdown for me, but at least I don't have to lust after them anymore.

 

Polska Kielbasa is a sausage I do like pretty well, and that is good on a nice roll. Sorry for the folks that lost that option at Costco. I've read that their hot dogs are crazy cheap, like a loss leader, and perhaps the better quality sausage just didn't fit the budget. But yeah, in my book, kielbasa is a world above a regular hot dog. I really like a hot Italian sausage on a crusty roll with sauteed onions and peppers too. Do they have that at Costcos, or maybe it's too much trouble and expense?


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18 minutes ago, Thanks for the Crepes said:

I was so disappointed the first time I ever bought and tasted OM cocktail "Smokies". I thought they were something special because they were significantly more expensive than regular hot dogs and was all fired up about serving them at a party where I was splurging. It turned out that they are nothing more than teeny hot dogs, which I don't care for. My guests enjoyed them, though, and that's good, but I won't buy those again. It was a real letdown for me, but at least I don't have to lust after them anymore.

 

Polska Kielbasa is a sausage I do like pretty well, and that is good on a nice roll. Sorry for the folks that lost that option at Costco. I've read that their hot dogs are crazy cheap, like a loss leader, and perhaps the better quality sausage just didn't fit the budget. But yeah, in my book, kielbasa is a world above a regular hot dog. I really like a hot Italian sausage on a crusty roll with sauteed onions and peppers too. Do they have that at Costcos, or maybe it's too much trouble and expense?

The Costcos I have been to in the past couple of years, in Virginia and Maryland, do have exactly that.  They do not, and have never had (to my knowledge) any sort of polish sausage or kielbasa.

 

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1 hour ago, Thanks for the Crepes said:

.. their hot dogs are crazy cheap, like a loss leader, and perhaps the better quality sausage just didn't fit the budget.

 

I've thought about that also. It's like their shift in this region from Coke products to Pepsi products so that they could hold the line on the cost of soda at the food court. We are die-hard Diet Coke drinkers and were not happy with that change.

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11 hours ago, Shel_B said:

 

Come to think of it, yes, the texture is a bit coarser than the Costco dogs.

 

 

Never had a Smokie ... think along the line of Kielbasa

 

Then its a Smokie... so good! If you see Oscar Mayer Smokies at the store buy em


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The Polish Sausage is still available here in metro Atlanta.  It costs considerably more than the foot long hot dog and soft drink.  I tasted my wife's Polish sausage recently and agree that it is good.  The grilled onions and peppers also add to the flavor - but the cost is nearly double the hot dog and no drink.  The sausage is fatter, but shorter - likely similar amounts of meat.

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On 12/21/2017 at 9:51 PM, Porthos said:

 

I've thought about that also. It's like their shift in this region from Coke products to Pepsi products so that they could hold the line on the cost of soda at the food court. We are die-hard Diet Coke drinkers and were not happy with that change.

 

Interesting ... been going to Costco for five or six years, never saw anything but Pepsi.


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@Shel_B  Your neck of the woods has been a "Pepsi stronghold" for a long time. In southern California the scales still tip towards Coke products. Easiest way to see that is at fast food places and smaller restaurants. Coke products are found in a majority of them; that influences where we stop to spend our bucks.

 

I noticed when checking something last week that my DW and I have been member since 1994, back when around here they were Price Club.


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On 12/20/2017 at 7:36 AM, Shel_B said:

 

Polish dogs are spicier ...

Yeah that's so yumm!
My sympathies for you Porthos!

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Since my local Costco Food Court stopped carrying the Polish Dogs, I ended up buying them in the refrigerated section of Costco. There are 14 Polish Dogs in a Costco package. I break them down into smaller packages (2 dogs per plastic zippered bag) and store them in my freezer. It was too hot to cook last night  so I chopped up the dogs, heated them in my microwave, then mixed them with a nice mustard and some pickled onions (didn't have sauerkraut on hand which would have been ideal). The Polish Dogs are quite "rich" so you really need to eat them with something acidic for a nice balance. 

They're quite long and you definitely need an extra long bun if you're going that route in consuming them. 

 

That being said, the last time I was at Costco I noticed they had removed the BBQ sandwich off the menu board. WTF? :shock:

Why would they remove that delicious sandwich and leave the fake protein Al Pastor salad on the menu? I just couldn't believe it.

And that innocuous Chicken Bake was still there. It's is so bland I don't know why it's still hanging around. It's the "beige" of food court foods.

Now if Costco just put some of their Costco Pesto inside them, it would improve them 100-fold.

But hey, I'm not in charge...I just pretend I am...:cool:

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2 hours ago, Toliver said:

Since my local Costco Food Court stopped carrying the Polish Dogs, I ended up buying them in the refrigerated section of Costco. There are 14 Polish Dogs in a Costco package. I break them down into smaller packages (2 dogs per plastic zippered bag) and store them in my freezer. It was too hot to cook last night  so I chopped up the dogs, heated them in my microwave, then mixed them with a nice mustard and some pickled onions (didn't have sauerkraut on hand which would have been ideal). The Polish Dogs are quite "rich" so you really need to eat them with something acidic for a nice balance. 

They're quite long and you definitely need an extra long bun if you're going that route in consuming them. 

 

That being said, the last time I was at Costco I noticed they had removed the BBQ sandwich off the menu board. WTF? :shock:

Why would they remove that delicious sandwich and leave the fake protein Al Pastor salad on the menu? I just couldn't believe it.

And that innocuous Chicken Bake was still there. It's is so bland I don't know why it's still hanging around. It's the "beige" of food court foods.

Now if Costco just put some of their Costco Pesto inside them, it would improve them 100-fold.

But hey, I'm not in charge...I just pretend I am...:cool:

(I'd be happy if they'd just supply table/seating where you could attack your rotisserie chicken comfortably.    I am 'enery the 8th, I am!   'enery the 8th I am, I am....)

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1 hour ago, Margaret Pilgrim said:

attack your rotisserie chicken comfortably.

 

I may have, not that long ago, taken a Costco chicken and Costco baguettes into a brewery taproom (the kind of place that allows you to bring in your own food to have with their beers) and done exactly *that* Mediaeval-Style.  Including a tankard to pound on the table for refills.


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@Toliver The Costcos in my area stopped carrying the 14-packs. I double-checked with my favorite cashier at that Costco and he verified that they were gone. I shop at 5 different Costcos, but I've only checked at the 2 closest to my home. I didn't see them in the Costco Business Center I go to either.

 

Color me a bit jealous. 

 

I don't buy them for home use but for part of a couple of ren faire related BBQs.

 

ETA I need to check the Fullerton Costco the next time I'm there since it's a different management region. 


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16 hours ago, Porthos said:

ETA I need to check the Fullerton Costco the next time I'm there since it's a different management region. 

This. This is the key. 

The Costco's down in San Diego & Santee are wonderfully run. You always find what you're looking for and it's usually in-stock.

My local Costco's are run by a different regional manager and I can sure tell the difference. The products being offered are either odd or definitely something for the "B Team". A lot of what I can find in the San Diego Costco's are completely missing in my local Costco's. It's frustrating to say the least.

 

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