All this and a Pepsi (no bag of chips) can be yours for $1.50 at the Costco in SoDo. Don't laugh: The food court is packed on Saturday nights.

 If you glanced at a television, newspaper, or computer screen (or traffic jam) this week, you may have noticed that President Obama was in town for a pair of fundraisers, both at the home of Costco cofounder Jim Sinegal.

 And it seems POTUS is partial to one of the items featured in our July 2012 cheap eats feature. According to the blog Obama Foodorama (and via Eater), the Commander in Chief took a moment at this $38,500-a-person roundtable in Hunts Point to sing the praises of Costco’s $1.50 hot dog and soft drink combo. Apparently when Sinegal retired as Costco CEO, he received a phone call from the President to congratulate him, but also to ask, “is there any truth to the fact that maybe with your departure the $1.50 hot dog and Pepsi is going to go away?” Hey, in this economy, even presidents appreciate a good deal, though he and Michelle probably don't frequent the wholesale club much these days.

 No worries, the surprisingly decent hot dog has been on the menu at that same price since 1985 and isn’t going anywhere. And as I discovered during our tireless cheap eats research, you don’t even need to be a Costco member to hit up its food court. 

The President did not offer any opinions on the 50-cent hot dog at Ikea.

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