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Peasant food still makes for a tasty lunch

Yes, that's a Costco hot dog. Yes, for a mere $1.50 you get it and a 20-oz. drink (with refill). And, yes, it's the antithesis of health food. But as Humphrey Bogart was supposed to have said, “A hot dog at the ballpark is better than a steak at the Ritz.”

I'm not sure how many people know this, but you don't even have to be a Costco member to buy one. Just go in the exit. The employees there are usually too busy checking the purchase receipts to even notice you. But if they do ask for your membership card, just tell them you're looking for the membership desk. Once inside, just head for the area with all those plastic white tables. Join the line and order either the beef hot dog (or Polish, if you prefer). Then add the condiments you want (mustard, pickles and a few onions for me), find a seat and enjoy.

The pizza slices are pretty good, too. Better, in fact, than in more than one Inland Northwest pizzeria.

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