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And Then There Was Orange Powder Everywhere

Elizabeth Goldstein August 15, 2017 August 15th, 2017

And we mean everywhere.

From August 15 to August 17th, there will be a Cheetos themed restaurant named The Spotted Cheetah open in at 211 West Broadway in the Tribeca area of Manhattan. This chemically delicious themed restaurant was the brainchild of Anne Burrell. Who, in case you forgot, is the OTHER bleached and spiked haired TV chef personality.

Not only is there going to be a plethora of neon orange-y items, but also a plethora of ultra-cheesy food items. The menu is divided into the REAL main food groups: “dangerously cheesy starters,” “the big cheese,” and “sweet spot.” Burrell, who is partnering with the Cheetos brand, are calling these items “elevated” and “upscale” versions of Cheetos dishes.

Crushed cheetos over mac and cheese…

I mean, we have been crushing up Cheetos and sprinkling them on top of pizza or in chili since the dawn of time, but sure by all means charge us $8-$12 for that.

Cheetos slivers over meatballs

Apparently this is a bit of a trend in the past year or so. The Bagel Nook in New Jersey has a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos bagel. And last fall in Chicago, a restaurant chain started serving sushi burritos coated in Cheetos. Is nothing sacred? Must we dust every timeless, non-brand-name item of food with some capitalism imbued Cheetos powder?

Ok ok, maybe we’re getting all up in arms about something that isn’t thaaaaat much of a money-making ploy. Maybe real chefs are just coming around to appreciating low-brow snacks and elevating them through pop-up shops and the like.

We’re not really sure who asked for cheetos topped meatballs, macaroni, and tacos but they were probably drunk and it probably felt good at the time. Check out the pop-up shop if you’re in the area and let us know how it felt for you.