Tired of hipsters talking about their smoothie bowls and farm-to-table fare? Craving something more down to earth? The newest NYC restaurant to hit the scene might be more your speed. Welcome to the Spotted Cheetah, an all-Cheetos restaurant. Yep, that’s right. A restaurant that incorporates Cheetos in every. Single. Dish. Naturally, Cheetos is behind the joint, but the restaurant is pretty compelling. Especially to anyone who grew up loving the cheesy crunch of the classic snack.
Celeb chef Anne Burrell helped design the menu at the Spotted Cheetah, and it looks very accessible… and mostly edible. Hesitant? Try the Cheetos Grilled Cheese (served with Cheetos infused tomato soup). Or maybe you want the Spicy Cheetos Nachos (which plop nacho toppings on a bed of Cheetos). Want to get weird? Order Cheetos Meatballs or Cheetos Mix-ups Crusted Chicken Milanese.
In addition to all that, there’s a dessert menu for the uber-adventurous Cheetos-lover. But don’t worry: Some of the desserts (like the Cheetos Sweetos Crusted Cheesecake) incorporate Cheetos Sweetos. That’s their sweeter, cinnamon-sugar-flavored offering they have in addition to the cheesy snacks. The White Cheddar Cheetos and Cheetos Sweetos Apple Crepes is the sweet-and-savory exception. It seems like they did a good job of not just working Cheetos into every dish, but making them the star.
It’s an interesting cultural experience that meshes nicely with their online Cheetos Museum. I’m not sure if Cheetos will ever actually be considered high-class. But, you have to admit that their sense of irony is on point.
Dining at the Cheetos Restaurant
The Spotted Cheetah is very exclusive. In fact, it’s only open for three days, from August 15-17. Even then, it’s only open for dinner. So if you’re set on feasting on Cheetos delicacies among other open-minded foodies, you should reserve a seat, like, yesterday. You’ll find it in an unoccupied restaurant just off West Broadway in NYC.
Not able to snag a reservation?
Because it’s so exclusive, it’s ok if you don’t get to experience the Spotted Cheetah. The restaurant was designed to bank on a trend of people using Cheetos to cook at home, so that’s exactly what you can do yourself… even while camping. Those Cheetos nachos? They’re incredibly easy to make as a walking taco and they’ll taste just the same. Just dump toppings into a snack-pack of Cheetos! It’s also easy to sprinkle ground-up Cheetos onto your campfire mac and cheese. Cheetos are pretty easy to work into anything because you can grind them up. Cheeto dust is maybe the perfect addition to any campfire recipe.