In the words of the swanky Chester Cheetah himself: it ain’t easy being cheesy.
Stopping by The Spotted Cheetah, a new pop-up restaurant in New York City on Wednesday (August 16) for the crispiest, crunchiest experience a Cheetos-infused restaurant has to offer, however, is a piece of cake — or cheese, rather.
I probably know what you’re thinking because, at first, I had the same thoughts: how the hell do you make a grub spot out of Cheetos?
Food Network star Anne Burrell, the culinary genius behind the crunchy deliciousness, has the answer to that. Complete with orange-splashed interior decor, an official “orange carpet” and even a Cheetos tree with the crispy snacks hanging from its branches, it's no wonder that La La Anthony and her 10-year-old son Kiyan Carmelo Anthony made sure to drop in the night before.
I personally prefer the best for first, instead of last, so I began by treating my tastebuds to one of the menu’s standouts: Flamin’ Hot Limon Chicken Tacos. The tasty veggies perfectly matched the texture and crunch value of the spicy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos crumbled on top of each serving. And after biting into the delectable ingredients tucked between the soft shell bread, I’m definitely counting down the days until another National Taco Day gets here.
Afterward, it was time to take another popular menu selection for a spin — the Flamin’ Hot and White Cheddar Mac n’ Cheetos. Cheese overload doesn’t begin to describe the sensational yumminess oozing from the noodles, topped off by a Cheetos rarity: White Cheddar Cheetos Puffs.
And the crunchy makeovers for the All-American favorite dishes certainly didn’t end there. Cheetos Meatballs, Cheetos Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup and Purrfectly Fried Green Tomatoes may sound like odd ideas, but they were some of Burrell’s best ones.
And there's no other way to follow up your cheese-drenched entrees than one of the dessert delectables like Cheetos Sweetos Crusted Cheesecake and White Cheddar Cheetos and Cheetos Sweetos Apple Crepes. For those taking it light on the sweets, the Cheetos Sweetos Sweet and Salty Cookies allow you to join in on the savory post-entree moments as well.
I knew once I spotted the life-sized portrait of the fabulous Chester Cheetah, his signature cheetah fur lining the tables and orange slushies being spruced up behind the bar that “The Spotted Cheetah” was certainly not to be mistaken as some Frito Lay gimmick. I was living my best cheese-lover life.
And when it’s all said and done (and eaten), Cheeto grubbers will definitely have a weak spot for The Spotted Cheetah. Unfortunately, reservations have long been sold out for the three-day-only pop-up, which ends today. But — surprise! —there’s a Cheetos digital cookbook available for download so you can re-create these one-of-a-kind dishes!