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‘Best thing on the menu’

Food court fiasco.

Costco fanatics are annoyed online after discovering that Canada’s rival to the $1.50 hot dog-soda combo isn’t offered in the US.

Last month, a Reddit user shared a post from a food court menu at one of the retailer’s Canadian locations, showing that a combination of chicken strips and fries cost just $6.99 — about $5.08.

A Reddit user shared a post from a food court menu at one of Costco's Canadian locations, showing that a combination of chicken strips and fries costs just $6.99 — about $5.08.  r/Costco/RedditA Reddit user shared a post from a food court menu at one of Costco's Canadian locations, showing that a combination of chicken strips and fries costs just $6.99 — about $5.08.  r/Costco/Reddit

A Reddit user shared a post from a food court menu at one of Costco’s Canadian locations, showing that a combination of chicken strips and fries costs just $6.99 — about $5.08. r/Costco/Reddit

However, the deal is not being offered in the US, which has disadvantaged American shoppers.

“Why the hell doesn’t Costco USA have fries or chicken strips?!?! I would kill for that!!’ one Redditor asked angrily.

“We need to use the power of this sub to get Chicken Strips and Fries on the American menu (and poutine too!),” another explained.

“Chicken and fries would be such a hit in the States,” one user commented on the post.

However, Canadians were unaware that the offer was not available in America, with one user replying that it was “the best thing on the menu.”

Canadian locations also have poutine: fries covered in cheese curds and drenched in gravy.  r/Costco/RedditCanadian locations also have poutine: fries covered in cheese curds and drenched in gravy.  r/Costco/Reddit

Canadian locations also have poutine: fries covered in cheese curds and drenched in gravy. r/Costco/Reddit

But the chicken strip combo isn’t the only Costco food item Canadian locations have that isn’t offered in the United States.

The Canuck’s also have poutine: fries covered in cheese curds and drenched in gravy.

However, the realization that Canadians have poutine points to another flaw in the American menu: Costco’s in America does not offer fries in its food courts.

The chicken strip and fries combination is not offered in the US, which has put American shoppers at a disadvantage.  r/Costco/RedditThe chicken strip and fries combination is not offered in the US, which has put American shoppers at a disadvantage.  r/Costco/Reddit

The chicken strip and fries combination is not offered in the US, which has put American shoppers at a disadvantage. r/Costco/Reddit

‘Don’t you have fries at Costco in the States? That is extremely surprising,” commented one Canadian user.

‘I am so sorry for you. The fries are honestly better than pretty much anything else. They’re not normal fries either, I’m pretty sure they’re battered to make them extra crispy and flavorful,” another explained.

“Fries are the most sold in my warehouse! Poutine and Chicken Strips + Fries are the two best-selling items! (Source: I work there),” another shared.

An outdoor food court area at the Costco in the Camino Real Marketplace shopping center, just north of Santa Barbara.  Getty ImagesAn outdoor food court area at the Costco in the Camino Real Marketplace shopping center, just north of Santa Barbara.  Getty Images

An outdoor food court area at the Costco in the Camino Real Marketplace shopping center, just north of Santa Barbara. Getty Images

To make matters worse for Americans, Costco in Canada is also offering the beloved hot dog and soda combo for C$1.50 – which is just over $1.

In America, the beloved hot dog-soda combination has been a staple of Costco’s food court since the 1980s, and that includes the $1.50 price tag.

Outgoing Costco CFO Richard Galanti provided an update in March on whether customers might see changes in the cost of the department store chain’s $1.50 hot dog and soda combo.

The hot dog and soda combo has been a staple of Costco's food court since the 1980s, and so has the $1.50 price.  VCG via Getty ImagesThe hot dog and soda combo has been a staple of Costco's food court since the 1980s, and so has the $1.50 price.  VCG via Getty Images

The hot dog and soda combo has been a staple of Costco’s food court since the 1980s, and so has the $1.50 price. VCG via Getty Images

Galanti explained before his departure from the retail giant that the deal is “probably safe for a while” after his decades-long tenure.

Former Kroger CFO Gary Millerchip will succeed Galanti.

Reinforcing Galanti’s claim, Millerchip last week promised there were no planned price increases for its iconic food court product.

The retailer stopped offering its churro earlier this year, shocking many who regularly stop by food courts for a sweet treat while shopping.

Instead, Costco added a chocolate chip cookie that cost $2.49.

Costco food courts also began offering a $6.99 turkey sandwich – an option not available at Canadian locations.