Lonely Planet Writer

Love Cheetos? This pop-up in New York could be the answer to your dreams

If you love Cheetos – and who doesn’t find a guilty pleasure in munching on a bag of the delicious cheese-favoured snacks – a pop-up coming to New York could be the restaurant of your dreams. For three days only, you can enjoy Cheetos-inspired dishes at The Spotted Cheetah, the first-ever restaurant devoted to the beloved orange snack.

Chef Anne Burrell has overseen the menu at the Cheetos restaurant. Image: The Spotted Cheetah
Chef Anne Burrell has overseen the menu at the Cheetos restaurant. Image: The Spotted Cheetah

The pop-up will be run by celebrity chef Anne Burrell, and it will combine her culinary talent with the cheese and crunch of Cheetos. It will feature a three-course menu, ranging in price from $8 to $22, with a total of eleven signature Cheetos-inspired dishes.

A dish on the menu at the Cheetos restaurant. Image: The Spotted Cheetah
A dish on the menu at the Cheetos restaurant. Image: The Spotted Cheetah

These include starters like Purrfectly Fried Green Tomatoes and Cheetos Meatballs, and main course options include Flamin’Hot Limón Tacos and Cheetos Mix-ups Crusted Chicken Milanese. For dessert, there’s Cheetos Sweetos Crusted Cheesecake or Sweet and Salty Cookies. We’re drooling already.

Anne Burrell has worked some of the top restaurants in New York, including her new restaurant, Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge. She studied culinary landscape and traditions of Italy, and authored two popular cookbooks, Cook Like A Rockstar and Own Your Kitchen. She is delighted to be involved in the pop-up restaurant. “I had so much fun curating this specially crafted, one-of-a-kind menu for the first Cheetos restaurant,” she says. “I can’t wait to see guests’ reactions!”

A dish on the menu at the Cheetos restaurant. Image: The Spotted Cheetah
A dish on the menu at the Cheetos restaurant. Image: The Spotted Cheetah

The Spotted Cheetah will run from 15 to 17 August and is located in the heart of New York City at 211 W. Broadway. Guests can reserve a spot by visiting www.TheSpottedCheetah.com and making a reservation using the OpenTable app on the homepage. Reservations are limited and are based on availability. If you are unable to make it to New York or want to recreate the dishes, the recipes will be available for download in a free digital cookbook at the website from 15 August.