Poke purists will argue with Kim that Cheetos just doesn’t belong in the Hawaiian bowl, but Kim says once they’re willing to try it out they usually change their tune. “What they don’t know is that the Cheetos adds a certain texture -- like the crunch aspect -- to poke,” which Kim says is relatively soft because of the fish, rice, and toppings. For other customers, it isn’t hard to convince them to add the crumbs because it takes them back to their childhood.
Burger King may have pushed their breaded Mac N' Cheetos sticks into the mainstream, but one of the OG purveyors of Cheetos dishes is The Attic in Long Beach, which has been slinging its cheesy option for the last five years. These guys are serious about their coagulated Mac N' Cheetos goodness; theirs is a decadent bowl of pasta mixed with cheddar and mozzarella, and topped with Flamin' Hots. What makes their cheesy dish different is that it leans towards the gourmet end, with six different options for additions, including a ridiculously good slow-braised short rib that gets added into the mix.