Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Checkers Old Munchen: Prost! Pompano Beach, Florida

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Checkers Old Munchen
2209 E. Atlantic Blvd.
Pompano Beach, Florida 33062
Lunch: Tuesday-Friday, 11a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dinner: Monday, Saturday, Sunday 5-9 p.m.

By Jane Feehan

Checkers Old Munchen, first opened in 1982, presents a low key, perhaps worn look to those passing by. Enter and both the good German food and European charm will change that notion.

First opened in 1982 by Munich native Chef Detlaf Neuman, the restaurant occupied a much smaller space than it does now. Today, under another owner Mathew Moore, the place has expanded into a larger space and includes an attractive German style bar replete with, as they say,  “the best selection of German beer in South Florida.” The list features Warsteiner, Bitburger, Kostritzer Schwarzbier, Erdinger and others that help define Germanic traditions.

The real scene stealer is the food. Checkers’ menu presents a full roster of traditional German dishes: potato pancakes and all the “wursts” and Wienerschnitzel, “bratens” and cabbage rolls, dumplings, and other dishes one can think up from that part of the world. It’s solidly good fare that’s modestly priced (dishes average $16). Lunch is also served; there are light salads with meat toppings to choose from for calorie counters.

Service: good. Look for the German and American flags flying atop a pale yellow building. Parking at the side or in rear.  Copyright © 2010. Jane Feehan. All rights reserved.

Tags: German food in South Florida, German restaurant in Pompano, German beer

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