I spend a length of time looking at food innovations on the internet that could probably be described as "too much".
I look at delicious recipes that I'll never eat and I also look at recipes I'll eat that will never be delicious, but one thing I've noticed a lot of recently is an upward trend of regular food infused with Cheetos, and not in the sad way like my college roommate used to do with bowls of rice.
Of course, Cheetos aren't actively involved with any of these creative ideas, but after Burger King came up with the Mac n Cheetos, a fast food twist on everyone's favorite cheesy snack. Cheetos mascot Chester Cheetah, the Big Cheese himself, took such a menu item as a personal affront.
He had to retaliate, and get in on those Cheetos-infused innovations as fast as possible. To that end, he decided to put together their very own restaurant in New York. He got in touch with celebrity chef Anne Burrell, and together, Chester revealed that they came up with something quite beautiful.
"As all of you (hopefully) know, I have a passion for cheesy, crunchy and downright delicious food. After years of cooking up dishes infused with my cheesy snacks, I was over the moon to discover that Cheetos connoisseurs had started sharing and liking their own. All of the Cheetos sushi rolls, Cheetos bagels and cheesy Cheetos pizzas gave me a brilliant idea: recruit the most dangerously cheesy celebrity chef, Anne Burrell, to help elevate my almost-purrfect Cheetos recipes for the very first Cheetos restaurant, The Spotted Cheetah."
The Spotted Cheetah (a reference to another iconic New York City eatery, The Spotted Pig in West Village), will be serving up a whole treat of meals, much to the delight of Cheetos fans, and it will come as no surprise that these meals are exclusively Cheetos or cheese-based.
Let's start with... well, the starters, which Chester and Anne promise are "Dangerously Cheesy". There's the simple but succulent-sounding Grilled Cheese with Cheetos Tomato Soup, as well as the delicious-sounding Cheetos Meatballs, which are made from beef, pork, veal and Cheetos, served with a tomato and herb sauce with ricotta sauce.
Now, let's get onto the main event with the main course: you've got a choice between loaded nachos and Cheetos tacos, and whether you go for the Spicy Cheetos Nachos or the Flamin’ Hot Limón Chicken Tacos, you'll be in for a spicy treat. Along with that you've also got the Cheetos Mix-ups Crusted Chicken Milanese, and the Flamin’ Hot and White Cheddar Mac n’ Cheetos, which takes Burger King's idea and spices it up in more ways than one.
Finally, you've got dessert, and it'll come as no surprise that Cheetos Cheesecake is featured prominently. If you don't feel like cheesecake, feel free to sink your teeth into the Cheetos Sweetos Sweet and Salty Cookies or the White Cheddar Cheetos and Cheetos Sweetos Apple Crepes, which sound positively heavenly.
Now you know exactly what to expect from the Spotted Cheetah, wipe the drool from the corner of your mouth: this pop up restaurant will only be with us for three days from August 15, and you'll need a reservation to dine with this particular Cheetah.
As you might imagine, the Spotted Cheetah booked up pretty sharpish, but if you feel like trying your luck anyway, you can put your name on the waitlist here.