A few weeks ago, Cheetos announced that they'd be opening a pop-up restaurant in NYC on August 15–17 — and people went crazy. As a Cheetos lover, I knew I had to check it out.
So I recruited the help of my coworker Clark, a fellow devoted Cheetos fan, and we set off for The Spotted Cheetah.
Pulling up to the Tribeca space, it definitely had an ~exclusive~ vibe. Like, it even had bouncers?
The inside was even more elaborate — almost every single aspect of the interior decor was Cheeto-fied. Even the servers.
Food Network celebrity chef Anne Burrell was the brains behind the menu and made an appearance to kick off the event.
BUT HOW WAS THE FOOD, YOU ASK?! 😛
First up were the Cheetos Meatballs:
The Flamin' Hot and White Cheddar Mac 'n' Cheese was next:
The Cheetos Grilled Cheese with tomato soup was made with bacon (yeah, I need to start doing this) and tasty, but the sandwich hardly had any crunch.
The fried green tomatoes weren't green, but they were EXTRA crispy:
The Flamin' Hot Limon Cheetos Tacos were probably my fave, though:
At this point in the meal Clark and I were both dying, but whatever, dessert duty called.
The shortbread cookies with caramel dipping sauce were aight. They had a nice chew, but were a lil' too crumbly:
The White Cheddar Cheetos and Sweetos apple crepes were delicate and rich from their cheesy filling, but nothing mind-blowing.
Although there's apparently a wait list to get in for now, a Cheetos rep told us that ~all hope is not lost.~
If you're in NYC, the pop-up runs through Thursday — and dishes range from $8 to $22. You can find the full menu and more info here.
Oh, and pro tip: Even if you never make it out to the restaurant, Cheetos is offering a free downloadable cookbook filled with all the recipes featured at the pop-up.
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A Cheetos restaurant: yay or nay?
vote votesI NEED TO GO THERE.
vote votesPssh. Lame marketing stunt.
vote votesI'll pass fam, thx.
**Disclaimer: Food and drinks were provided free of charge, but we were under no obligation to review them positively.