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We compared Costco's legendary hot dog with Sam's Club's — and the winner is undeniable

Business Insider Logo By Hollis Johnson of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 8: Costco and Sam's Club both serve food - and hot dogs are by far their most popular meals.Fans of Costco's hot dogs are diehards, swearing by the all-beef wiener. Ultimately Costco's hot dog is much better than Sam's Club's.  Members-only warehouse retail is big business. Walmart - and by extension, Sam's Club - tops the 2017 National Retail Federation's Top 250 Global Retailers ranking, and Costco comes in a solid second.  Sure, most shoppers come for the good bulk and warehouse deals on just about any item under the sun from toilet paper to Toshiba laptops. But any true warehouse shopper knows the hidden gem of these stores is the food court. They're dirt cheap with little fuss, and lo and behold, the food is... good. Both Costco and Sam's Club have extremely similar food courts with standard quick American fast-food fare. But while they may be the same on paper, the difference is easy to taste.  Perhaps the most well-known menu item at Costco is the humble hot dog - people rave about it to no end, and the chain sells over  100 million dogs a year. While we've established that it's  worth the hype, we were curious to see if Sam's Club's hot dog could have what it takes to unseat the popular favorite.

  • Costco and Sam's Club both serve food - and hot dogs are among their most popular meals.
  • Fans of Costco's hot dogs are diehards, swearing by the all-beef wiener.
  • Ultimately, Costco's hot dog is much better than Sam's Club's.
  • Members-only warehouse retail is big business. Walmart - and, by extension, Sam's Club - tops the National Retail Federation's Top 250 Global Retailers 2017 ranking, and Costco comes in second.

    Sure, most shoppers come for the deals on just about any item under the sun, from toilet paper to Toshiba laptops.

    But any true warehouse shopper knows that the hidden gem of these stores is the food court. It's dirt cheap with little fuss - and lo and behold, the food is actually good.

    Costco and Sam's Club have extremely similar food courts with standard American fast-food fare. But while on paper the food is the same, the difference is easy to taste.

    Perhaps the best-known menu item at Costco is the humble hot dog, which people rave about to no end - the chain sells over 100 million dogs a year.

    While we've established that the hot dog is worth the hype, we were curious to see whether Sam's Club's version could have what it takes to unseat the popular favorite.

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