Shopping won’t be the same without the Polish dog

In the grand scheme of things, today’s complaint hardly registers. What with a new Supreme Court nominee, North Korea getting belligerent about nuclear disarmament and wildfires plaguing the West, it might seem a little petty to get incensed about a membership discount store removing an item from its food court menu. But there you have it.

It’s not just a menu item. It’s the Costco Polish dog.

Yes, you read that right. Costco Wholesale is no longer offering the Polish dog along with its regular hot dogs, pizza and other items.

No, it’s not the end of the world. But still.

Personally, this change won’t really affect me, because I haven’t kept up my Costco membership since the kids grew up and moved away. It just didn’t seem necessary to buy jumbo packs of, well, anything with only two people in the house, especially two people who haven’t eaten like teenagers in decades.

But still.

Every so often, I wind up going there as the guest of a member because I’m looking for something in particular that Costco might have at a good price. And every time, even if it’s once or twice a year, I make a point of sitting down for a Polish dog, with sauerkraut and mustard and maybe a root beer. Because, for $1.50, there is no better deal.


It seems Costco’s corporate leadership decided, for some reason, to discontinue the Polish dog and add something healthy. Something called an acai bowl.

I had to look that one up, because I wasn’t sure what it was. A fruit of some kind?

Yes, it turns out, the acai berry is a Brazilian fruit that is pureed and frozen like ice cream, and is apparently quite delicious with fruit such as strawberries or blueberries, and some granola for crunch. According to the Huffington Post, it makes a great breakfast. And it’s vegan, so there’s that.

Who goes to Costco for breakfast? For that matter, who goes to the Costco food court to eat healthy food?

I have nothing against vegan food, or healthy breakfasts, or even granola. I’ve enjoyed all three. I’ll probably even try an acai bowl for breakfast one of these days.

But one of the pleasures of visiting Costco — along with buying things I didn’t know I needed until I got there — is stopping at the food court on the way out for a Polish dog. The regular hot dogs are great, too. But the Polish dogs are the best.


To those who love acai bowls, more power to you. I hope you enjoy them on future trips to Costco.

To the corporate management of Costco, I hope acai bowls are a success. But I’ll miss the Polish dogs. Bring them back, and I might even renew my membership.

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