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Cheat Day at Cheat Deli

American-style diner serves up culinary gem in Suseong
The cheese-covered sandwiches stand tall on the table, complimenting the chili con carne. Mika Lee describes the mac and cheese as “the best I have ever had — even better than the one I had overseas.” Photo by Sol Sakong.

Nestled in a unique and relaxed atmosphere, newly established restaurant ‘Cheat Deli’ offers a variety of classic American dishes. Located in Suseong-gu, Daegu, this hotspot for foodies attracts curious customers and instagram enthusiasts. 

Owner Miae Kwon explains that the name of the restaurant holds two underlying meanings: One, Cheat Deli provides customers a “cheat-code” to America with authentic Western cuisine 10,000 kilometers away from its origin. Two, “Deli” is derived from the German word Delikatessen, referring to delicacy and fine foods.

As you enter the restaurant, a pleasant, warm gust of flavor greets your nose. The cheesy fragrance of molten cheddar drifts through the diner, swirled with the distinctive aroma of tomato soup. Especially for those with an American background, the nostalgic scent reminds them of home.

Although Kwon never resided in America, she unexpectedly discovered a profound passion for American cuisine through movies and media, which inspired her to open Cheat Deli. Kwon explains that she and her husband opened the diner with the aim to answer the question, “If we could build a dream-restaurant in America, would it feel like this?”

Cheat Deli boasts its quintessential selection of dishes, starting with the daily American staples: sandwiches, mac and cheese, and seasonal soups. A star dish, Chilli con carne, is a hearty stew made with ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and chili peppers often garnished with cheese, sour cream, and onions. At Cheat Deli, they load potatoes with the stew, which ties the whole dish together perfectly. The mild, buttery flavor of the potato complements the spiciness and saltiness of the chili con carne, creating a wonderful culinary balance.

Cheat Deli offers a variety of American cuisines, from home-made sandwiches to pasta and chili con carne. Photo by Kaylie Jeong.

Unlike other upscale eateries that place hefty price tags for their authentic meals, Cheat Deli sells all their dishes at an affordable price range for students, from 10,000 won to 15,000 won. Kwon said, “Cheat Deli is a restaurant that cooks directly at the store and serves American dishes much like Kimbap Heaven (a common Korean low-cost and fast-service franchise) where customers come and go comfortably and with ease.”

8th graders Mika Lee and Sol Sakong recently visited this hot spot to rekindle memories of their childhood spent overseas. After struggling to choose from the wide variety of items on the menu, they settled on the mac and cheese, chili con carne, seasonal soup (mushroom), and bacon potato sandwiches.

Mika Lee enjoys the homely ambience and decor of the diner, reminiscent of a typical American restaurant. Photo by Kaylie Jeong.

Each dish showcased the perfect blend of flavor and spices, spanning from comforting warmth to delicate subtlety. Lee and Sakong were especially taken aback by the exquisite symphony of flavors in the mac and cheese, with the savory, rich allure of four distinct cheeses combined with a touch of saltiness. 

Mika Lee’s smile reflects her eagerness to try the scrumptious meal in front of her. Photo by Kaylie Jeong.

They awarded Cheat Deli a 10 out of 10, an absolute gem of a culinary escapade. If you crave a taste of the West, consider Cheat Deli, the perfect cheat-code to tantalize your palate. 

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Kaylie Jeong, Writer
Kaylie Jeong, an 8th-grade student at DIS, returns to Jets Flyover after a one-year hiatus. As a devoted member of Jets athletic teams, she revels in a range of sports, among them futsal, volleyball, and badminton. She reveres literary luminaries like J.R.R. Tolkien and Roy Peter Clark, renowned for their masterful canon and ability to captivate readers. During this school year, she commits herself to further hone her style, voice, and rhetorical devices.
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    PaulMar 14, 2024 at 7:26 pm

    I want to eat that s badly

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    SophiaMar 14, 2024 at 7:25 pm

    Oh my god! STAWP its making me hungry. I would like to go there some day

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    SolaMar 13, 2024 at 3:28 pm

    LOOKS SO GOODDDD!!!

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